The Anti- Corruption Bureau (ACB) has finished extracting information from mobile phones belonging to former Energy minister Newton Kambala, Alliance for Democracy president Enock Chihana and President Lazarus Chakwera’s former chief adviser on strategy Chris Chaima Banda.
The trio was arrested on August 9 2021 following allegations of interfering in the awarding of 2021-22 fuel importation contracts at National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma).
The three appeared before Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa for the court to give directions on how the case should proceed.
ACB Director Martha Chizuma said the bureau would also be done with the suspects’ laptops by Friday this week.
“We are done with the phones; so, they can come and pick them up today.
“We have to serve the defence with the last part of the evidence, which are the recordings which are part of our evidence,” Chizuma said.
The court has set October 28 as the commencement day for the hearing.
She further said the defence had asked for undisclosed documents from Nocma but the ACB would be waiting for the court’s order.
One of the Defence lawyers George Mwale said they did not ask for the document directly from the company to avoid interfering with the case.
“It is proper for them to deal with their witness and produce those documents for us,” Mwale said.
The court has set October 28, November 1 and 2 2021 as dates when the hearing of the case would take place.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.