BLANTYRE (MalawiTalk) –The High Court has granted the State the “preservation order” to seize assets of K1.7 billion worth of assets from former presidential security aide Mr Norman Paulos Chisale who is facing multiple criminal charges including financial crimes.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dr Steve Kayuni said moved the courts on the matter and Justice Mike Tembo granted the order and ruled that government shall cause the preservation orders with lists of properties and vehicles to be published in the government Gazette or two newspapers of widest circulation within 21 days of the order.
Chisale’s property to be seized include 78 vehicles that he amassed during the time he worked at State House. These include two Toyota Land cruisers, Mercedenz Benz S350, three Toyota Prados, Audi, Range Rover Evoque, BMW , Chrysler, VW Beetle and Range Rover Wagon. registration number ‘Chisal 1’.
Chisale, who is former president Prof Peter Mutharika’s security aide, will also have his real property seized for “preservation” pursuant to Section 65 (2) and (3) of the Financial Crimes Act.
The property include those registered in his name and other registered in the names of Mr Chimwemwe Paulos, Ms Deborah Zimatha Chisale, Ms Esnart Guga, Ms Flony Guga, Ms Jannet Fatch Kamanga and Ms Christina Mvula.
Justice Tembo authorised Malawi Police Service, Financial Intelligence Authority, Anti-Corruption Bureau and the Director of Public Prosecution to seize among others Zimatha Executive Lodge in Mangochi, Namauya Investment Distribution Depot in Ntcheu and over 15 houses in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
The judge ruled that the properties should be seized “until the conclusion of the forfeiture proceedings or until a contrary order of the court is issued.”
The court will also seize K30 million in account at National Bank of Malawi and K87 million at First Capital Bank under. a freezing order obtained but the Financial Intelligence Authority.
High Court Registrar Mrs Gladys Gondwe has confirmed about the order.
Chisale is charged with murder, money laundering, and other charges.
He was arrested in relation to the murder of Anti-Corruption Bureau(ACB) director of corporate affairs Issa Njauju in 2015.
Mutharika’s top bodyguard was first arrested on July 14 2020 in connection with a cement deal and was slapped with two charges of fraud and money laundering. He was rearrested just after being granted bail on July 17 2020 on a charge of attempted murder of a woman he shot in Blantyre.
He also face charges in relation to the cement deal which involves importation of cement from Zambia and Zimbabwe in 2018 and 2019 where he is alleged to have used his boss’s duty-free status.
In the initial transaction in November 2018, the President bought 20 000 metric tonnes (MT) or 200 000 bags of cement worth $2 240 000 (about K1.68 billion) from PTC Zimbabwe Limited duty-free. In the second transaction in July 2019, Mutharika purchased the same quantity from Prestige Export in Chipata in Zambia.