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No date yet for QECH’s washing machine case

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Blantyre Magistrate Court is yet to set a date to begin hearing of a case in which four employees of Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) are suspected to have stolen a heavy duty washing machine worth over K6 million.

According to Blantyre Police prosecutor, Damiano Kaputa, the police submitted all the necessary documents pertaining to the case to the magistrate last Friday and they are waiting for the magistrate to set the date for hearing.

“The case has taken time to begin because we were still investigating on the matter. It will begin any day,” he said.

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Kaputa said the suspects, Francis Gwiranani, Philip Malitino, Yohane Kankhuni, and Gerald Maunde, who were remanded at Chichiri Prison, were granted court bail four weeks ago.

He said they were asked to pay a bail bond, provide surety, and surrender travelling documents and that they should be appear before police once every fortnight.

The four were arrested on August 19 after QECH reported theft of a washing machine on August 9.

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This year, there have been several cases of theft at the hospital despite hiring 122 guards of which 92 guards are from a private company.

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