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Covid-gate suspects denied bail

Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has denied to give bail to six people who were arrested on suspicion that they had a hand in the K6.2 million funds meant for Covid-19 response. The six are Rashid Mtelera, Martin Mainja, Former Deputy Director of Information Deoglatius Mmana, Dominic Chimaliro, Deputy Director of Administration at the Ministry of Information Samuel Nankhuni, and Emster Chiwale who is an official in the Ministry of Information. Reading the ruling for the bail application, Chirwa said although bail is a constitutional right for everyone suspected to have committed a crime, there is a need to give State enough time to conclude investigations into the matter. Chirwa said the investigations should be concluded in nine day. At the expiry of the nine days, Chirwa said the suspects are free to re-apply the bail. Chirwa also said the State may apply for further remand of the suspects at the end of the nine days if it fails to conclude the investigations. On Wednesday 21 April 2021, the State asked the court to remand the suspects for a further 14 days as police are still investigating into the matter. An Audit Report which was released last week revealed a massive plunder of the funds which has led to arrests of several government officials. As of 22 April, 2021, a total of 61 people have been arrested. Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has denied to give bail to six people who were arrested on suspicion that they had a hand in the K6.2 million funds meant for Covid-19 response. The six are Rashid Mtelera, Martin Mainja, Former Deputy Director of Information Deoglatius Mmana, Dominic Chimaliro, Deputy Director of Administration at the Ministry of Information Samuel Nankhuni, and Emster Chiwale who is an official in the Ministry of Information. Reading the ruling for the bail application, Chirwa said although bail is a constitutional right for everyone suspected to have committed a crime, there is a need to give State enough time to conclude investigations into the matter. Chirwa said the investigations should be concluded in nine day. At the expiry of the nine days, Chirwa said the suspects are free to re-apply the bail. Chirwa also said the State may apply for further remand of the suspects at the end of the nine days if it fails to conclude the investigations. On Wednesday 21 April 2021, the State asked the court to remand the suspects for a further 14 days as police are still investigating into the matter. An Audit Report which was released last week revealed a massive plunder of the funds which has led to arrests of several government officials. As of 22 April, 2021, a total of 61 people have been arrested. Sharing is Caring!

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