Lilongwe Chief Executive Kelvin Mmangisa has pleaded not guilty to two counts when he appeared before the Lilongwe magistrates court in the morning. He is being accused of pocketing K23 million in allowances and failing to account of the money under his custody.
Presiding magistrate Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa has adjourned the case to 10th of October for hearing.
Lilongwe City boss was arrested on allegations that he unlawfully pocketed millions of kwachas in extra allowances on top of his consolidated salary. He is also being accused of illegal drawing of extra money on top of his salary at the City Assembly. he is also suspected of pocketing allowances for a trip to Italy which did not take place. He was arrested on of 5th July.
It is alleged that Mmangisa has been drawing almost K600, 000 as extra on top of his monthly allowance since he was appointed as Lilongwe City chief around 2009 by late President Bingu Wa Mutharika.
The money is now totaling to K23 million which recently Ministry of Local Government asked him to account for and return.