Court Grants Bail to Former Minister of Lands Vuwa Kaunda

Symon Vuwa Kaunda outside the court on Wednesday Symon Vuwa Kaunda outside the court on Wednesday Photo by Linda Tembo

The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has granted former Minister of Lands Symon Vuwa Kaunda bail following his arrest on Tuesday on corruption allegations. 

Kaunda appeared before Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba on Wednesday afternoon to be formally charged. 

He has since been charged with abuse of office and corrupt transaction with a private individual.

According to the court, Kaunda reportedly made a mobile money transaction of 50,000 kwacha on 28th January this year to a private individual to conceal a story concerning land.

He is also reported to have reduced charges leading to the release of the land from 89 million kwacha to about 31.5 million kwacha in October 2019. 

This is the land former deputy minister of homeland security Charles Mchacha is suspected to have dubiously acquired somewhere in Blantyre. 

Defense Counsel Chimwemwe Sikwese told us that his client has just been informed of his charges adding that the state in this case the Anti-Corruption Bureau “were not ready with the case as they were yet to get consent from the office of the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.” 

Sikwese hopes that all will set for the case to start on 6th January 2021, the date set by the court for trial. 

The Principal Resident Magistrate granted Kaunda bail on conditions that he surrenders his travel documents to the police, report to the ACB offices every fortnight, give a bail bond of 500,000 as well as present a surety on a 500,000 cash bond as well.

 

 

 

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