The Chief Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe has adjourned to August 29, 2021, a case involving former Minister of Information Henry Mussa together with former Director of Information Gideon Munthali who are being accused of stealing government computers and a generator.
On Tuesday, the case came for defense as lawyers representing the accused persons carried out examination in chief first witness of the first accused who is also Munthali himself.
Speaking to Yoneco FM, lawyer representing Munthali; Chrispine Mndala said the defense will only present one witness for the first accused.
“Apparently that the decision we are arrived at having considered the possibilities of inviting other witnesses.
“But we arrived at the decision fully aware that our only witnesses who is also the first accused person will be able to put forward to the court whatever material we need the court to have for it to make a proper determination of this case,” said Mndala.
In his reacting to the proceedings, Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Dr Steven Kayuni expressed satisfaction with how the case is progressing.
“We cannot comment much on the defense, possibly, we will present ourselves in cross examination but we are happy with the progress of the matter,” he said.
Earlier, the defence pleaded with the court to adjourn the matter so that it proceed to put its documents in order and extracting some information from a phone belonging to the first accused.
The court has since granted the defense two weeks for the exercise and when the case resumes on the aforementioned dates, the first accused will continue with testifying in chief.