Lilongwe Business Magnet Tonny Ngalande Acquitted

By Alfred Mthandizi

Renowned multi-billion Dollar Business Magnet who was arrested in the Capital City Lilongwe on allegations of indulging himself in buying and selling of Cross Border stolen vehicles, has been acquitted.

Lilongwe-based politician and business magnet Tony Ngalande was acquitted by the Lilongwe Magistrate Court over his charges involving stolen cars business. Police arrested Ngalande in February 2016 on allegations that he was being involved in Cross-Border motor vehicle thefts.

Delivering his ruling on Wednesday, His Worship First Grade Magistrate Arther Mtalimanja dismissed the case. Mtalimanja said the state has failed to prove beyond reason doubt on all accounts.

Some of the charges that Ngalande is acquitted include; bringing in goods acquired wrongly from outside the country. The state argued that for bringing into Malawi of property dishonestly acquired or stolen outside in accordance to Section 331 of the Penal Code was a serious offence because Chapter 7:01 of the Penal Code criminalizes the receiving or bringing into Malawi of property dishonestly acquired or stolen outside the country, an offence punishable by imprisonment for up to seven years.

The Magistrate maintained that there was no evidence to sustain the prosecution claim. Ngalande resigned from PP both as a member and as Deputy Director of Social Services to concentrate on his business but did not indicate leaving front line politics.

Ngalande, contesting on PP’s ticket in Balaka North Constituency, lost in the 2014 Parliamentary race to United Democratic Front (UDF) member Lucius Banda. Speaking to reporters soon after his acquittal, Ngalande said he was happy that the case has been concluded. “First of all let me thank God for all that has happened. Am very happy that this case has today been concluded,” said Ngalande.

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