On 7th December, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau received a complaint alleging
that Mr. Martin Zgambo, Chairperson of Village Grievances Resolution Management
Committee (VGRMC) connived with Mr. Herbert Mandala of Snowy and Mountain
Engineering Corporation (SMEC Mzuzu office) to defraud Millennium Challenge
Account (MCA) funds which were meant for compensation of project affected
persons (PAPs) at Sonda in Mzuzu.
The Bureau investigations established that Mr. Martin Zgambo and Mr. Herbert
Mandala, had connived to defraud Millennium Challenge Account of K19, 738, 167.00
by presenting land for which compensation was already processed as if it was not
paid for. Ms. Eluby Chavula posed as a land owner.
Ms. Patricia Tchuwa received MK3,925,298.53 for land which was not hers.
In 2018, the Anti-Corruption Bureau took the four to Mzuzu Magistrates Court where
they were charged with:
• Conspiracy to corruptly obtain money contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt
• Theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code