Court bail ruling on ex-Maneb boss Tuesday; Chiunda remains in custody

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Chiunda - Released on bail

ZOMBA (MalawiTalk) – A Magistrate court in Zomba has reserved its ruling on bail application  of suspended Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) director Mr Gerald Chiunda and three others to Tuesday in a case which they are charged over poor management of Malawi School Leaving Certificate (MSCE).

The court however will make a ruling on their bail application next week Tuesday.

This means the suspended Maneb boss and three officials will remain in police custody until the bail ruling.

Chiunda alongside Mr Ishmael Uthman Jangiya, Mr Joseph Chilombe and Mr Owen Bester Kuntho were arrested this week for allegedly failing to manage the 2020 MSCE examinations.

The four appeared before the Zomba First Grade Magistrate Court on Thursday where they were formally charged.

Magistrate Lisa Chingoli told the accused that they had a duty to safeguard the examinations under MANEB exams guidelines.

But all of them have denied the charges and the State is expected to parade 11 witnesses in the case.

Lawyer representing the accused Mr Alfred Lungu of Gondwe Attorneys applied for bail in which the court will make its determination on Tuesday.

Chiunda and Chilombe were arrested on February 3, 2021 while Kuntho and Jangiya were arrested on February 2, 2021.

Chiunda – Remains in custody

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