State to parade 2 more witnesses in Odillo case

The High Court in Lilongwe says it will soon set a fixed date for the continuation of a case in which former Army commander General Henry Odillo and three others are being accused of corruption charges in a contract between the Malawi Defense Force (MDF) and Thuso Group.

On Tuesday, the state paraded its 25th witness in the case, former MBC Director General Benson Tembo and the State has since remained with two more witnesses to be paraded before the court.

The Court, which was being presided over by Justice Professor Redson Kapindu, failed to continue on Tuesday because one of the accused persons; Former Accountant General David Kadonje had no lawyer to represent him in the Court.

“The matter has been adjourned on a date to be fixed by the court, one of the accused persons in un unrepresented so the State will be parading two last witnesses who are investigators so a fair trial demands that he be represented when these two witnesses come to testify,” said Powell Nkhutabasa, one of the defence lawyers.

Meanwhile, State Lawyer Kamudoni Nyasulu has expressed optimism that the case will be completed soon once all witnesses are paraded.

“We have done 23 witnesses and we have got two to go, the judge said that the date will be fixed very soon and we expect that our two remaining witnesses will not take more than two days so very soon we should be closing this case,” said Nyasulu.

Former MDF Deputy Commander Clement Kafuwa, Nelson Banda, David Kandoje and Ganizani Kuchombo were arrested in May 2015 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in relation to payments that were made to Thuso Group without supplying goods to the MDF.

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