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Police officer convicted in K45 million scam

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The Magistrates’ Court in Lilongwe has convicted two police officers and a businessman on charges related to the theft of government money amounting to K45 million in 2011.

Principal Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa delivered the judgement Tuesday.

Vincent Nyondo, a police officer, is said to have failed to give a satisfactory account of the K45 million, which was given to a businessman Francis Mkwamba, through transactions whose services were never delivered.

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On the other hand, Elijah Kachikuwo, who, at the time the offence, was at the National Police Headquarters Treasury Office, was accused of being negligent, which led to the loss of the money.

Nyondo was convicted on the counts of theft by public servant, money laundering and abuse of office, while Kachikuwo was convicted on the count of negligence by a public officer.

The court, however, acquitted Kachikuwo on the count of abuse of office.

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The other individual who has been acquitted is Wilson Garnet Chandema on the counts of abuse of office and negligence by a public officer, the only ones for which he was charged.

The court has also convicted Mkwamba, owner of Classic Motors, a company which received the said K45 million, on the count of money laundering.

“On the first count, the court finds the first accused [Nyondo] guilty of theft by public servant and convicts him accordingly. On the second count, the court finds the first and second accused [Mkwamba] guilty of money laundering and convicts both of them accordingly,” reads the judgement dated December 19 2017.

“On the third count, the court finds the first accused guilty of the offence of abuse of office, and convicts him accordingly. On the other hand, the court finds the 3rd and 4th accused persons not guilty and acquits them accordingly. On the 4th count, the court finds the 3rd accused guilty of negligence by a public officer and convicts him accordingly. On the other hand, the court finds the 4th accused not guilty and acquits him accordingly.”

The 45 million is part of the K400 million scam of 2011.

The court reconvenes in two weeks time.

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