'Akudya izi ndani' Sumbuleta bail ruling reserved


Former Director General of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Aubrey Sumbuleta will spend another week and total of a month in Police custody.

This comes following reservation of the bail ruling by the High Court judge Chifundo Kachale on Monday 17th May, 2021.

Sumbuleta was arrested on April 17, 2021 and has spent three weeks in police custody over sexual harrassment allegations during his tenure at MBC and previously at the Ministry of Information.

Sumbuleta through his lawyers, applied for bail at the High Court after his sexual harassment case was referred to it from the Magistrates court.

One of his laywers Oscar Taulo said the State rejected Sumbuleta's application for bail.

The former DG was formally charged with six counts bordering on indecent assault and abuse of office.

Sumbuleta is alleged to have committed the indecent assault crime in 2010 while working as Deputy Director of Information.

He allegedly repeated the crime on two female employees while MBC DG.

The other three counts border on abuse of office while he was on the positions in 2010 and 2014.

The Malawi Human Right Commission (MHRC) found that Sumbuleta was guilty of sexually harassing four female employees at the state broadcaster.

The Commission began investigating reports of sexual harassment at MBC in October last year following allegations made by former and current female MBC employees.

Among other things, the report recommended thatMalawi police should institute criminal investigations into the mattee under the Gender Equality Act.