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High Court Gives Ultimatum To Malawi’s Graft Busting Body

Written by  Written By Jayne KAONGA Mar 17, 2017

The High Court in Lilongwe has ordered the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to conclude within fourteen days, its investigations against one of the suspects arrested in connection to the alleged provision of passports to foreign nationals.

Hendrix Laher, a Malawian, is currently on remand at Maula Prison over the issue.

Laher is suspected to have aided public officers in abusing their public offices.

ACB senior Public Relations Officer, Egrita Ndala reveals that officers from the bureau on the 9th of this month conducted a search at Laher’s house where they seized various documents related to the case.

This was after the bureau had received a complaint alleging that the then Chief Immigration Officer, Hudson Mankhwala had granted Malawi citizenship to Rwandan nationals using a file belonging to another foreign national.

The ACB instituted investigations and established that citizenships were indeed granted to people who were not eligible.

Appearing before the court on Thursday, the bureau pleaded to the court not to grant bail to the accused, arguing that it was still analyzing documents about the case.

 The court then granted the bureau 15 days before the suspect can be brought back in court.

Mankhwal is currently out on bail but he was charged of neglect of official duty, contrary to Section 121 of the Penal Code, while the second was abuse of office contrary to Section 25B of the Corrupt Practices Act.

Over a week ago, People’s Party acting president and former Home Affairs and Internal Security Minister, Uladi Mussa also got arrested on the same issue.

This was after he had handed himself over to the ACB, he was later on released on bail.

Mussa pleaded not guilty on charges of negligence and abuse of office.

 

He argueS that his arrest was politically motivated.

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