Mwanza district commissioner (DC) Jack Ngulube, a businessperson Vincent Morrison Mpighu and Mangochi District Council procurement officer Michael Khoko, who were arrested between Monday and Tuesday, were released on bail yesterday afternoon.
Confirming the development, Anti-Corruption Bureau senior public relations officer Egrita Ndala said the three, after being interviewed from Tuesday to yesterday, were taken to court where they were formally charged before they asked to be released on bail.
She said Ngulube and Khoko were charged with misuse of public office contrary to Section 25 (b) (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act whereas Mpighu was charged with theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.
“All the three have been released on bail on the following conditions: Firstly, they were asked to surrender their travel documents to the Anti-Corruption Bureau, secondly they were told not to travel outside their districts [Mwanza for Ngulube and Mangochi for the other two], without seeking authority from the bureau.
“Thirdly, they were all asked to bring two sureties each. The sureties have been bonded at K100 000 each, but not cash. Fourthly, the three were asked to pay K250 000 cash each. In addition, Ngulube has been told to be reporting to Mwanza Police Station every week Monday whereas Khoko and Mpighu have been told to be reporting to ACB Blantyre officer every week Monday and lastly they have been asked not to interfere with witnesses,” said Ndala in a telephone interview yesterday.