Court grants bail to Magalasi and others

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The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrates Court has granted bail to Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Chief Executive Officer Collins Magalasi and three others.

Magalasi is answering fraud, money laundering and dishonest procurement charges together with MERA spokesperson Patrick Maulidi, procurement officer Bright Mbewe and business lady Dorothy Shonga.

Under the bail conditions, the accused must each provide MK500, 000 cash bonds, MK5 million non-cash bonds from two sureties, and they must report to police every fortnight.

MERA recently came under the spotlight for purchasing a mobile fuel testing vehicle for a whooping MK704 million.

Previously, the tests were being referred to Malawi Bureau of Standards. 

The procurement costed MERA an amount of K563,200,000 through cheque number 26180 and another cheque of K140, 800,000.00 bringing the total amount to K704 million

Further digging revealed that the procurement was done through open tender Procurement number MERA: 2/04/2018/08 where City Motors emerged a successful bidder.

Two weeks ago, the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) reported to the ACB a suspected case of fraud in the contract agreement for the procurement of the new mobile laboratory fuel testing van.

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence in a letter sent to ACB dated July 12 2020 said information from a whistle-blower revealed suspected flaws in the implementation of the procurement contract.

 

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