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Nicholas Dausi out on bail

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Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza Khoswe Friday granted bail to former Homeland Security Minister Nicholas Dausi.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested Dausi on Friday for abuse of office and neglect of official duty while serving as a minister.

Particulars of the case are that the accused arbitrarily approved an exorbitant and unbudgeted for procurement contract between Malawi Government and One Guard FZE to a tune of 18 million US Dollars for the supply of uniforms and equipment for Malawi Prison Services, which was initiated by Ministry of Homeland Security headquarters in Lilongwe against public procurement procedures.

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Lawyer for the accused, Yusuf Nthenda, asked the court to release the accused on bail, arguing that his client could not jump bail since he is a Member of Parliament and has a permanent residence in the country.

The State did not object to the bail application.

Delivering the bail ruling, Khoswe ordered Dausi to pay a K1 million cash bond, produce two traceable and reliable sureties bonded at K10 million each, report to ACB offices once in a fortnight, surrender travelling documents to court and not interfere with State investigation.

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ACB Director Martha Chizuma told the court that Dausi was arrested after obtaining a warrant of arrest on Thursday.

Chizuma said she would seek consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute the former minister.

The ACB however asked the court to adjourn the matter to August 17 to allow Dausi to attend the parliamentary meeting expected to start next week.

The matter was adjourned to 22 August 2022.

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