State winds up Mussa, Munthali theft trial

The Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe has given both parties 14 days to make submissions in a case involving former Cabinet Minister Henry Mussa together with former Director of Information Gideon Munthali who are being accused of stealing government computers and a generator.

On Monday, the State paraded its last three witnesses which included Head of Procurement and Supply Chain at Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), Joseph Ngalawa.

According to Director of Public Prosecutions Dr Steven Kayuni, the State has closed its case and awaits for court’s determination on whether the accused persons have a case to answer or not.

“We can say that three witnesses were paraded, these were the last witnesses for the State and the Sate closed its case today.

“In total we have paraded 5 witnesses, the matter has moved on in accordance with the planned strategy and now it’s for the honourable court to make a decision on whether there a case to answer or not,” Dr Kayuni.

On his part, lawyer representing Mussa; Innocent Kubwalo said the defense has confidence in the innocence of the accused.

“We are quite confident in the innocence of our witness and we are quite confident that we have done a good job in dealing with evidence of the State.

“As a result, will be submitted in court that our client (Mussa) should be acquitted by not finding with a case to answer since the next step for us is to file the submissions and the court to make a ruling on whether the accused has a case to answer or not,” said Kubwalo.

However, the Defence objected the rendering of a report brought forward by the third witness on the basis that the witness was not the author of the said report.

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