Shonga, Magalasi found with case to answer

Dorothy Shonga

Former Chief Executive Officer for Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) Collins Magalasi and businesswoman Dorothy Shonga have been found with a case to answer in the case in which they are accused of influencing MERA Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee to award contract to Vink Enterprise.

High Court Judge Patrick Chirwa, sitting as Chief Resident Magistrate, has made the ruling today.

Former MERA public relations officer Patrick Maulidi and procurement officer Bright Mbewe have also been found with case to answer.

Delivering the ruling on Tuesday, Chirwa said the Court is satisfied that the State has made a case against the accused.

He added that it is now up to the accused to enter defence.

During hearing of the case, a state witness said Vink Enterprises was awarded a K186 million contract for supply of MERA strategic plan booklets as well as branded cloth and T-shirts.

It is suspected that apart from the alleged breaches in procurement procedures, the contract sum was also inflated.

It was also revealed in court that Shonga and Magalasi are co-owners of the company and that when Shonga was paid K30 million for the contract, she transferred at least K11 million to Shonga’s account.

Follow us on Twitter: