Fifth witness testifies in Jean Mathanga case


The case in which former Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) board chairperson Jean Mathanga, chief executive officer John Kandulu and others are accused of abuse of office and negligence resumed Wednesday at the High Court sitting in Blantyre, with the State parading its fifth witness.

The witness, Escom Internal Auditor Lewis Mlangiza, told the court that the value of procurement transactions which Escom made without proper documents between 2015 and 2016 was K5.2 billion.

The value of the goods was initially estimated to be K4 billion.


Mlangiza said he started to probe the procurement process at Escom after realising that the company was stocking items it did not ask for.

“I noted that we had, in the warehouse, things we did not order being stocked and that is when I started the procurement audit,” he said.

State lawyer Victor Chiwala said he was satisfied with the testimony which his witness presented to the court.


Earlier, during cross-examination, Kandulu’s lawyer Chimwemwe Kalua asked for an early adjournment to give him time to read a document he had been given by the State.

High Court Judge Sylvester Kalembera granted the request and the case continues Thursday.

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