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RFA funds embezzlement case begins

Masanjala interacts with other lawyers after the court proceedings – Pictures by Jarson Malowa

The case in which six people are accused of embezzling funds belonging the Roads Fund Administration (RFA) between 2013 and 2019 has commenced today Wednesday at Zomba High Court, four years after it stalled.

During the hearing before High Court Judge Texious Masoamphambe, State Lawyer Pirirani Masanjala, told the court that the first accused person, Mcbum Mbwendengo, violated his bail conditions by fleeing to Zimbabwe.

However, the court proceeded with plea taking from the rest five of the accused persons.

The five denied the charges levelled against them and they are Owen Katungwe, Tiwonge Wayera Phiri, Edson Mulima, Dumbo Chaloza and Yvonne Chatha and are answering counts ranging from Stealing by Persons in Public Service contrary to section 283(1) of the Penal Code, to Fraudulent False Accounting contrary to section 335(b) of the Penal Code, Cap 7:01 of the Laws of Malawi.

Meanwhile, Judge Masoamphambe has adjourned the matter to 18th to 21st July, 2022, where the state will parade it’s seven witnesses.

The Judge has since ordered the state to temporarily remove Mbwendengo on the charge sheet as they wait for processes of extraditing him back to Malawi.

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