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Mzomera Ngwira’s sentencing deferred to October 16


Sentencing of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Governor for the Northern Region, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, has been postponed to October 16.

High Court Registrar, Agnes Patemba, confirmed the development Monday, saying the presiding magistrate will be available on Friday.

Sentencing of the case was scheduled for Monday as Senior Resident Magistrate Mathews Msiska said he had to analyse mitigating factors that Ngwira presented before the court.

The politician was convicted on September 28 having been found guilty of abuse of office.

He is being remanded at Mzimba Prison.

Ngwira was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in 2018 over diverting funds from the Local Development Fund (LDF) when he was serving as Member of Parliament for Mzimba Hora Constituency.

The arrest came after ACB carried out investigations following an allegation it received in September 2010 over how LDF funds were used when he was MP for Mzimba Hora Constituency.

ACB had received an initial complaint to do with invoices Ngwira presented of Yogi and Mzimba Hardware, purporting to have supplied building materials for Lukwelukwe School project, which was funded by LDF under M’mbelwa District Council.

Investigations by the bureau established that Ngwira had advised the Project Management Committee to sign a blank withdrawal slip and told them not to indicate the total amount to be withdrawn and thereafter, filled the blank withdraw slip with an amount of K650,000.

According to ACB, the figure was reduced to K250, 000 in court after it transpired that Ngwira refunded K400,000.

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