Chisale pleads not guilty

Former President Peter Mutharika`s aide Norman Chisale has pleaded not guilty of all three counts he being accused of.

Chisale, who appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa in Lilongwe on Friday, took plea of the counts of personation of a person named in a certificate contrary to section 391 as read with section the Penal Code.

Presenting false information to a person employed in the public service contrary to section 122 of the Penal Code and Intimidation which is contrary to section 88 of the penal code.

The Court has since dismissed an objection by the Defense objecting that the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) which is believed to have been altered was not submitted by the State.

In addition, the Court has also ruled that the accused is mentally fit to stand for a trial after mental assessment which Chisale went through.

In an interview, State Lawyer Pilirani Masanjala said the State is ready with commencement of the case as they have 8 witnesses to be paraded once hearing of the trial starts on November 30 this year.

“As the State we are ready for the commencement of the hearing of this case as we have been prepared since October and we will bring 8 witnesses on November 30,” said Masanjala.

Meanwhile, Chisale is still on court bail.

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