Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa has set May 5, 2021 as a day to determine whether former President Peter Mutharika`s aide Norman Chisale has a case to answer or not in trial he is being accused of impersonating a person named in a certificate in order to be recruited as Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier.
According to Director of Public Prosecutions Dr Steven Kayuni, the State has paraded all the 6 witnesses it was supposed to bring before the Court.
Speaking to Yoneco FM, Senior State Advocate Pilirani Masanjala said the State is ready to file all its submissions in accordance with evidence rendered before the Court.
“The State paraded all the witnesses we intended to parade, so in as far as the evidence that is before the Court we have the opinion that we have put in evidence which was on the file.
“So the for the charges and counts which we proffered against the accused, we feel that the evidence which we have brought was sufficient to get the charges and the counts we proffered against the accused,” said Masanjala.
Defence Lawyer Chancy Gondwe said their part is satisfied with how the case has progressed.
“On our part as the Defense we are very satisfied with how we have conducted the defense on behalf of the accused persons, we will be making submissions to the Court that there is no case to be answered by the accused persons.
“We have done our professional job, and we are of the view that there is no case that has been made out by the State against the accused person, they haven’t brought a good case to warrant accused person answering to that,” said Gondwe.
Upon the resumption of hearing of the case on Monday, the State paraded its last two witnesses which included Brigadier General Thomas Chaona, who is currently working with the Ministry of Defence as Chief of Military Veterans Affairs.