The Malawi Police Services has submitted four high profile cases to the office of Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal analysis.
According to the Ministry of Justice Public Relations Officer, Pirirani Masanjala, the cases were submitted by the Malawi Police Services (MPS) on October 20, 2020.
The four cases are; The Republic of Malawi versus Collings Magalasi, the Republic versus Godfrey Itaye and two others, The Republic of Malawi versus Christopher Chisoni and five others as well as The Republic versus Alexon Allan Chiwaya and another.
“At this stage of its operations, the Service Charter of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions affords 21 days for the perusal and legal analysis of a case docket. The aim is to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in subsequent prosecutions,” said Masanjala in a press statement.
He added that there are two other matters falling into the category of the cases above that are already in court.
Masanjala has cited the case of former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide, Norman Chisale, of attempted murder that returns to court on November 26, 2020, at the Blantyre High Court.
Another case is of the same Chisale in which he is being accused of personating a person named in a certificate that also returns to court on November 13, 2020, at the Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe.
Masanjala further points out that the case of the murder of former Director of Corporate Affairs of the Anti-Corruption Bureau, Issa Njaunju, was still at investigations stage therefore not at the DPP’s office.
The office has further noted that according to Section 30(c) of the Access to Information Act (Act No. 13 of 2017), the office of the Director of Public Prosecution is not always in a position to be providing information to the general public.
The office says this is because such information has “likelihood to cause substantial harm to the legitimate interests of the nation in crime prevention and any preliminary investigation of criminal or other unlawful acts.”
Magalasi, former Chief Executive Officer of Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority, is answering charges of money laundering and fraud while Itaye, a former Director General of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority is being accused of abuse of office and fraud.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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