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Judiciary spokesperson yet to be charged

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The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is yet to charge Judiciary spokesperson, Mlenga Mvula, following his arrest on September 1 this year for his alleged involvement in corrupt practices at the United Methodist Church where he is also a member.

ACB in a press statement on September 1 said Mvula, with the assistance of Reverend Daniel Mhone of the church, allegedly received K10.7 million and other gifts to influence rulings in cases involving the church and Reverend Jawati on the matter.

Mvula and Mhone are answering four counts bordering on obtaining money by false pretence while Mvula is also answering a separate count of abuse of public office but their lawyer Chancy Gondwe said when the two appeared in court on September 4, ACB only told them reasons for their arrests, which is not the same as being charged.

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During the hearing, ACB’s lawyer, Macmillan Chakhala, asked the court to defer plea taking, saying the bureau was yet to take caution statements of the accused but although the bureau took the caution statements on September 5 as ordered by the court, Gondwe said the defence is yet to hear from ACB.

“They have not been charged with any offences. What we were told were only reasons on why they were brought to court. When the ACB is ready and when they will have permission from the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions], they will take them to court for plea taking,” he said.

Gondwe said there is nothing the defence can do on the matter but wait for ACB to move the courts since it is the ones alleging the offences.

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