Fiscal Police in Blantyre yesterday continued to interrogate former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Godfrey Itaye for alleged abuse of office and fraud.
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview last evening that Itaye, who was summoned by Fiscal Police in Blantyre on Tuesday before his arrest, was being held at Blantyre Police Station.
He said: “Mr. Itaye is expected to answer charges of abuse of office and fraud. These crimes he committed while he was at Macra.”
But Kadadzera could not give more details on the charges against Itaye who was in June moved to Lilongwe Water Board where he is serving as chief executive officer.
Earlier yesterday, the police spokesperson said Itaye was taken to Fiscal Police for further questioning and was expected to be taken to court thereafter. But by 6pm, police were yet to take him to court.
Itaye’s arrest followed earlier arrests on Friday of Macra director of finance Ben Chitsonga and procurement specialist Joseph Ngalawa. The two were released on police bail on Saturday.
Police sources said Itaye was being interrogated about procurement of K135 million Macra calendars contract, alleged deployment of an official vehicle Macra bought for its officer but was allocated to former president Peter Mutharika’s personal bodyguard Norman Chisale and procurement of then governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) cloth by the authority.
Itaye is expected to appear before Blantyre Magistrate’s Court this morning.