Gate fraud suspects out on bail

Gate fraud case
  • Case adjourned to May 13

Six people accused of gate fraud at Kamuzu Stadium have been granted bail by the senior resident magistrates court in Blantyre on Monday.

The six are suspected to have stolen K437,000 during a TNM Super League match involving Mighty Wanderers and Sable Farming. 

They all pleaded guilty forcing the state to parade witnesses from this week. 

However, lawyer for the accused, Ian Zimpita asked the court to grant his clients bail, which did not materialise last week Tuesday.

Senior resident magistrate Akya Mwanyongo then adjourned the case to this week, where he granted them bail saying it is in the spirit of fair trial.

He therefore ordered the six to pay bail bond of K50,000 each and have one relative surety which will be bonded at the sum of K500,000 non-cash.

They will also be reporting to Soche Police every fortnight on Monday.

The six will also have to surrender their travelling documents. 

According to Zimpita, this is a welcome development as the accused have the right to bail.

Among the six, four are gate cashiers who were arrested on the same day of the match.

They are Chiyembekezo Buffalo, Prince Ndalama, Tingo Fungulani and Gladys Meja.

The other two are directors of Unity Gate Management, Laston Theu and Wyson Chingana.

The case has since been adjourned to 13 May.