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Harry Namwaza

Police at the National Police Headquarters in Lilongwe on Monday morning summoned Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa in connection with the sale of institutional houses at the Tobacco Commission (TC).

National Police Service Deputy Spokesperson Harry Namwaza confirmed that they invited Nankhumwa to give a statement in relation to investigations police are doing.

“Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa was invited to Area 30 National Police Headquarters for us to record his statement.

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“As you know, we can invite any person we feel can help in the course of our investigations,” Namwaza said.

Nankhumwa was not immediately available for a comment Monday.

But lawyer for Nankhumwa, Khwima Mchizi, has said the Leader of Opposition did not appear before National Police Headquarters on Monday morning, despite being summoned by police.

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Mchizi could, however, not shed any light on the reasons why Nankhumwa did not report to police.

“I can confirm with you that my client never went to Area 30 today,” Mchizi said.

Last week, police arrested TC former chief executive officer Kaisi Sadala over the sale of the houses before he was granted bail by the Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court.

In 2020, TC cancelled the sale of the house on Plot Number CG88 (Title Number Chigumula 22) and another on plot Number 10/470 (Title Number Alimaunde 10/292) on allegations that the houses were sold at a price below valuation and at an amount lower than those of other bidders and Settlement Proposal on Disposal of Plot.

Last year, TC refunded K50 million to Jayshree Patel, who also purchased a TC house in Chigumula, after she surrendered the house.

In May 2020, a report by the Ombudsman faulted TC over the sale of the two institutional houses, saying the properties were sold against a ban on sale of institutional houses.

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