A Malawi News investigation has shown that the State House paid former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide Norman Chisale a total sum of K322, 386,112 between January 8, 2018 and January 14, 2020.
Bank documents in our possession indicate that the money was paid to Chisale through his Zimatha Executive Lodge account held with National Bank, Mangochi Branch from different State Residences accounts.
The first and lowest payment of K937,650 was made on January 8, 2018 from State Residence Development Corporate Current Account Number 1060635 using cheque number 002002.
The highest and last payment worth K30,550,000 for the year 2018 was made on December 31 from State Residence ORT Current Account Number 1253328 using cheque number 043864.
In 2019 the first and lowest payment that year was made on January 8 worth K587,500 from State Residence ORT Current Account. While the last and highest payment of K25,000,000 in 2019 was made on December 21 from the same account.
The last and only payment in 2021 to Chisale’s Zimatha Executive Lodge was made on January 14, 2020 worth K26,112,500 which was also made from the State Residences ORT Current Account under cheque number 046814.
Apparently, it is not clear as to whether the money was duly paid for services offered.
However, one of our highly placed sources who opted for anonymity said the account is connected to one of the cases that are currently under investigations.
Another source corroborated with the other source, saying the money was withdrawn from the account, further saying the account is empty.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steven Kayuni said Zimatha Executive Lodge is among the real property that was seized through a joint coordination strategy.
“Zimatha Executive Lodge is listed property number 9 in the preservation order obtained by the state namely; Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) and Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) through their coordination strategy,” he said.
Chisale said he could not comment on the matter.
Last month, the High Court in Lilongwe granted government an order to seize assets amounting to K1.7 billion belonging to Chisale.
Chisale, who is answering a number of criminal charges including abuse of office over his alleged role in the importation of cement using the president’s duty-free status, is accused by State agencies of acquiring billions worth of assets illegally.
The list of property the State has seized from former president Mutharika’s top bodyguard, has 86 motor vehicles and 21 real properties that include residential houses and commercial buildings.
Of the 86 motor vehicles listed, the State attached 63 cars to the name Norman P Chisale as importer, and left blank spaces on 23 others.
The cars include Range Rovers, Jeep Wrangler, Land Cruisers, Mercedes Benz, BMW X5 and Prados. Also frozen are two bank accounts, one at National Bank, Capital City Branch with a cash balance of over K30 million, and the other held at First Capital Bank with cash balance of over K87 million.
Some of the 21 real properties seized are houses in suburbs and commercial buildings in Blantyre, Lilongwe, Dedza and Ntcheu and also Zimatha Executive Lodge in Mangochi.
Also seized is Namauya Investments Depot in Ntcheu.
Six other respondents the State listed on the application are Chimwemwe Paulosi, Deborah Zimatha Chisale, Esnart Guga, Flony Guga, Jannet Fatch Kamanga, connected to the property at Title No. Blantyre Central 937 CBD, registered in her name and Christina Mvula.
Sometime last year the ACB froze accounts belonging to former president Mutharika, former Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) Deputy Commissioner Roza Mbilizi and Chisale in connection to the cement saga.