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Evidence drama mars Godfrey Itaye, others case

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The case in which former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Godfrey Itaye, ex-accountant Ben Chitsonga and former procurement officer Joseph Ngalawa are accused of buying regalia for former governing Democratic Progress Party (DPP) using institutional funds ended abruptly yesterday.

This is because, when time to start tendering evidence came, one of the defence lawyers objected to the use of photocopied documents by a witness.

In the case, Assistant State Advocate Dzikondianthu Malunda is the lead prosecutor while Itaye is being represented by Clement Mwala whereas Chitsonga and Ngalawa are being represented by Fostino Maele.

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During earlier proceedings, Malunda indicated that the State would parade seven witnesses.

Thursday, the State paraded Martin Mpata as the fourth witness.

Mpata said Macra wanted special cloth for its special committee in 2018 and later purchased materials for the DPP to the tune of K2,249,615.

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But the session was adjourned for 20 minutes when the defence objected to the use of photocopied documents by the witness.

Thereafter, Blantyre Chief Resident Magistrate Godfrey Balaka adjourned the case to May 13, when Mpata would continue from where he stopped.

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