Magalasi, Shonga, Maulidi remain in custody as courts temporarily close

magalasi at court
  • MEC records six positive cases

The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and the courts in Lilongwe have temporarily closed their offices to give room for a disinfection exercise to take place.

The court premises in Lilongwe will be disinfected following the confirmation of coronavirus cases.

Among others, the development has affected the bail hearing of a case involving the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Chief Executive Officer Collins Magalasi, Spokesperson Patrick Maulidi and socialite and businessperson Dorothy Shonga.

Magalasi and three others are facing three counts of fraud, money laundering and entering into a contract with an employee through a K107 million procurement deal.

In the cooler: Shonga
Spending the weekend in jail: Shonga

According to their charge sheet, the accused induced Mera’s Internal Procurement and Assets Disposal Committee to approve procurement of various items from Vink Enterprises owned by Dorothy Shonga Nkhoma, the third accused, who is also Magalasi’s business partner.

On money laundering, the accused are said to have “knowingly or having reasonable grounds to believe that money amounting to K107 million in whole or in part, directly represented proceeds of a predicate crime of fraud other than false pretence with the aim of concealing the illicit origin of the said money”.

The four allegedly entered into a procurement contract with employees contrary to section 35 as read with section 63 of Public Procurement and Disposal of Assets Act.

Meanwhile, at MEC, a statement signed by its Chief Elections Officer Sam Alfandika revealed that its disinfection  drive follows the confirmation of six positive Coronavirus cases.

“The Electoral Commission is informing the general public that its offices will be temporarily closed for a disinfection exercise.

Robin alfandika
Alfandika: Six positive COVID-19 cases that have been reported among MEC staff

 

“This follows six positive COVID-19 cases that have been reported among MEC staff within the past three weeks,” read the statement.

The exercise which will be conducted by the Blantyre District Health Office (DHO), will cover offices and warehouses in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu starting from 31st July to 10th August, 2020.

MEC urged its stakeholders to wear a face mask and sanitise their hands when entering its premises.In a related development,