Malawi Government moves to seize K1.7 Billion from Norman Chisale

Government is set to seize K1.7 billion worth of assets from former president Peter Mutharika’s security aide, Norman Chisale.

This comes after the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions moved the courts on the matter.

While confirming the development, Director of Public Prosecutions Steve Kayuni said Ministry of Justice spokesperson Pilirani Masanjala was better placed to comment.

Some inside sources at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution have told Nyasapost that Norman Chisale’s property to be seized includes 78 vehicles that he amassed during the time he worked at State House.

Norman Chisale is on the verge of losing property after the High Court in Blantyre granted government an order to seize the K1.7 billion worth of property.

Justice Mike Tembo granted the order after Malawi Police Service (MPS), Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA), Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) applied for the seizure.

High Court Registrar Gladys Gondwe has also confirmed the development but asked for more time to gather details.

The preservation order by the High Court issued to government against Norman Chisale extends to other respondents, namely Chimwemwe Paulosi, Namauye Investment, Deborah Zimatha Chisale, Esnart Guga, Flony Guga, Janet Kamanga and Christina Mvula for their properties which include houses, vehicles and bank accounts.

According to the order by Judge Micheal Tembo, about K30 million which is in Chisale’s bank account at National bank and another K87 million at First Capital bank should be seized within 21 days.

Sources close to the investigation surrounding Norman Chisale, say investigators are looking at various foreign properties which might be connected to the multiple abuses of office. These include; two properties in Russia, three in South Africa, and a shopping mall in Zambia.

Chisale is also facing attempted murder charges.

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