One of the sureties to former Budget Director Mr. Paul Mphwiyo in the theft and money laundering case of money amounting to MK2.1 billion on Wednesday asked the court to withdraw him as a surety, saying Mphwiyo wanted to jump bail.

Crispin Ernest Banda made the application through his lawyer Ralph Kasambara who is also answering theft and money laundering charges relating to the looting of public funds at Capitol Hill dubbed cashgate.

In the application, Banda told the High Court Judge Esmie Chombo and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) that he had information that Mphwiyo was planning to jump bail.

He also asked the court to order a refund of his K2 million bail bond.

In his ruling, Judge Chombo accepted the application and asked Mphwiyo to find another surety or risk arrest.

ACB Deputy Director General Reyneck Matemba confirmed of the development in an interview with one of the local daily papers in the country [Nation Newspapers, saying Mphwiyo has provided another surety.

When asked for the details of the new surety, Matemba denied disclosing the person to the media, saying doing so will jeopardize their investigations to the matter.

Mphwiyo’s shooting in September 13, 2013 led to the revelations of massive plundering of public funds at Capitol Hill which is currently pegged at MK20 billion.

So far about five cases have been concluded and the convicts are serving various sentences in Malawi prison.

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