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Mera CEO Magalasi, others to remain in the cooler; court reserves bail ruling for Friday

Mera CEO Collins Magalasi to remain in the cooler

BLANTYRE—(MaraviPost)—Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Chief Executive Officer Collins Magalasi, MERA spokesperson Patrick Maulidi and Magalasi’s business partner Dorothy Shonga will remain in police custody as court has reserved bail ruling for Friday this week.

The three appeared before Lilongwe Magistrate Court this morning and have been charged with three counts of fraud, money laundering and entering into procurement with an employee, contrary to Public Procurement and Disposal Act.

While the state was pleading for remand of the suspects, lawyer representing the three asked the court to grant bail to his clients.

Chief Resident Magistrate Violet Chipao has adjourned bail hearing to Friday July, 31.2020

The particulars of the crime indicate that the three are being suspected that, in August last year; they induced the Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee at Mera to approve procurement of various items worth K107 million through Vink Enterprise, a company belonging to Shonga who is a business partner to Collins Magalasi.

Magalasi was arrested on Monday after he handed himself to police, while Maulidi was arrested last week.

Dorothy Shonga, popularly known as Cash Madam,  also handed herself to police yesterday after learning that she was on the wanted list.

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Maneno Chimulala
Maneno Chimulalahttps://www.maravipost.com
I am a journalist, educator, and activist with passion for telling stories about social justice, sports and political issues. I graduated from Mzuzu University. I started my career at the Maravi Post online publication in 2012 as an intern while in college. Upon graduating from Mzuzu University I was offered a job as Sports Reporter because of my background as a goalkeeper and rose to the position of sub editor. I also had a short stint with Nyasatimes, Malawi Punch and Malawi Digest. Over the past seven years, I have worked intimately with rural organizations and communities in Malawi on human rights, girl child education and grassroots development projects. With an academic background in education, I also volunteer as male champion for girls’ education under Girls Empowerment Networks (GENET) in Malawi’s South West Education Division (SWED).
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