Vice-President Saulos Chilima’s corruption case has been transferred to the Financial Crimes Court, which operates under the High Court of Malawi, for further proceedings. Chilima appeared before Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Khoswe Chimwaza on Friday, during which the State presented a certificate of committal to the court.
Magistrate Chimwaza informed Chilima that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has certified the case as suitable for trial at the High Court, and the specific trial date will be assigned by that court.
Chilima was arrested on November 25, 2022, but was granted court bail on the same day. The charges against him include six counts, three of which involve allegations of corrupt practices by a public officer, as outlined in Section 24(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act (CPA). Additionally, he faces two counts related to receiving advantages in exchange for using influence regarding contracts, as stated in Section 29(1)(b) of the CPA. There is also one count of failing to report the corrupt advantage given, which is in violation of Section 36(1) of the CPA.