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4 witnesses paraded in Misonzi Chanthunya case

CHIEF SUSPECT—Chanthunya (left) at the court Tuesday

The State Tuesday paraded four witnesses at the High Court in Zomba in a case where Misozi Chanthunya is accused of killing his girlfriend, Linda Gasa, in August 2010.

The court heard testimonies from Chikumbutso Mbwana, Stain Khonje and Major Madondolo who were employees at a cottage owned by Chanthunya in Monkey Bay, Mangochi District.

The fourth witness, MacDonald Kachule, an immigration officer at Mwanza Border also gave his testimony.

Mbwana told the court that he became suspicious after he was hired by Chanthunya to dig a pit on a hill around Chanthunya’s lodge and when he queried the purpose of the pit, Chanthunya could not give proper explanations.

He further told the court that he later abandoned digging the pit after noting that the area he was assigned to do the job had rocks which made it difficult for him to dig the pit.

I said he was approached by police officers who asked to check exit schedule which is the list of people that have left Malawi.

The officer said Gasa’s name only appeared on the exit schedule at Mwanza Border Post, but the name could not be traced on the exit card to verify as per requirement, raising suspicions.

State lead lawyer, Steve Kayuni said they will parade 11 witnesses before High Court Judge Ruth Chinangwa who is handling the case.

“We are impressed with the pace the case is progressing and we expect to continue parading the five remaining witnesses when the court proceedings resumes on Thursday afternoon,” Kayuni said.

The court has since adjourned the case to tomorrow when the State is expected to parade its remaining witnesses.

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