Court documents are revealing how the former Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)-led government used Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) to finance its convention.
According to the documents, invoices from different hotels show that Mera donated at least K10.5 million towards the DPP convention.
Court documents show Mera allegedly paid about K10.5 million as accommodation for DPP officials at Kanjedza Lodge, Oasis Hotel and Heritage Serendib in Blantyre between July and August 2018.
The court documents further revealed that Mera had never, at any time, conducted workshops at Heritage Serendib, Kanjedza Lodge and Oasis Hotel respectively in the commercial city during the period.
Meanwhile, former Mera Chief Executive Officer, Collins Magalasi, Friday appeared before court over the matter, where he faces charges bordering on abuse of office and fraud.
Magalasi, who is accused of abusing the authority of his office and fraud, told Senior Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa that he did not understand the charges that have been levelled against him.
“I don’t understand what is contained on the charge sheet and I don’t understand the word abuse of office, I need to consult my lawyer,” he said.
Earlier in the day, the matter had to be adjourned for 10 minutes after heated arguments between Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steven Kayuni and Magalasi’s lawyer, Andrew Kaonga, as the latter argued that his client should not take plea as he did not have enough time to consult with him.
When court reconvened in the afternoon, Kaonga had asked the magistrate to recuse herself, arguing that she was biased in her previous ruling in which she ruled that the matter should proceed so that Magalasi should take his plea.
In her ruling, Chirwa dismissed Kaonga, saying she has no personal issues against the accused and that the judiciary had confidence by assigning her to take up the matter.
The matter has since been adjourned to Monday afternoon.