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Reyneck Matemba out on bail

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Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Chimwaza has granted bail to Principal Secretary for Lands, Reyneck Matemba, who was arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Friday for alleged abuse of office.

He has been charged with one count of corrupt use of official powers, contrary to Section 25 (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Matemba, who is former ACB Director General, appeared in on Friday to formally be informed of his charges.

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According to ACB, Matemba, while serving as Solicitor General pocketed $10,000 as an advantage for the vetting process of the Malawi Police Service food rations contract.

Matemba told the court that he had no lawyer and he represented himself in the Court.

After he was formally charged, Matemba asked the court to grant him bail as the State was not ready to proceed with the case.

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The ACB did not object to the bail application.

ACB’s senior legal and prosecution officer Peter Simbani told the court that Matemba was arrested after obtaining a warrant of arrest, and they have completed their investigations on the matter.

“We are done with investigations but what is left is consent from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to prosecute the former Solicitor General,” Simbani said

However, delivering the bail ruling, Chimwaza ordered Matemba to pay a K500,000 cash bond, produce two traceable and reliable sureties bonded at K2 million each, report to ACB offices once in a fortnight, surrender travelling documents to court and ask for permission whenever he wants to travel.

The ACB however asked the court to adjourn the matter to a later date.

ACB in a statement also confirmed the arrest of former Board Chairperson for the Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Authority (PPDA) John Suzi-Banda, for receiving an advantage from ACB’s ‘person of interest’ Zuneth Sattar, Executive Director of Xaviar Limited.

According to a press statement released and signed by the bureau’s spokesperson Egrita Ndala, the arrest is in relation to the vetting of the said contract of procurement, contract reference number MPS/SB/16/04/2021, to supply 350,000 food ration packs worth USD7, 875,000.00.

Suzi-Banda allegedly received K3,000,000 from Sattar’s agent Zun Cheena to influence PPDA to grant a no objection for the Malawi Police Service to award the contract to Xaviar Limited.

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