Five Accountants Suspected of Corruption Granted Bail
The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court has granted bail to five accounting personnel from the Accountant General's department, in the ministry of Finance, who were arrested last week on fraud and corruption related allegations.
The five are suspected of processing close to K160 million in allowances drawn from government ministries, departments and agencies.
They have been charged with bribery (public officer receiving property to show favour), official corruption and money laundering. The suspects are yet to take plea.
Court documents that we have seen indicate that the five, Estone Nephan Sani, Kondwani Luka, Phyllis Kainja, Micius Chikapa, Verekeni Mpinganjira and others between September 2021 and June 2022, at Capital Hill, in the city of Lilongwe, being a person employed in the public service, as accountant, corruptly received K159,568,000 through their accounts in order to discharge duties from different Ministries, departments and agencies.
They have been granted court bail on condition that they each pay K200,000 cash bond, proved one reliable and traceable surety bonded at K10 million (non-cash), should cooperate with police investigations, surrender travel documents to police, should not travel without knowledge of police and report to police every fortnight.
Senior Resident Magistrate Wanangwa Nyirenda has since adjourned the matter to 18 July.