By Tiyese Monjeza:
The state Tuesday paraded four witnesses in a case where Malawi Electoral Commission commissioner Linda Kunje and her driver Jones Tewesa are being accused of criminal recklessness and negligence.
The two are alleged to have committed the offence on December 10 last year, along the M3 Road after they reportedly obstructed President Lazarus Chakwera’s convoy.
Chakwera was on his way from Blantyre to preside over a graduation ceremony at Chancellor College in Zomba.
During yesterday’s proceedings, state prosecutor Levison Mangani told the court that three more witnesses would be paraded before closing the case.
In his testimony, Eastern Region-based traffic officer, Witness Kasonya, told the court that he received communication from two road traffic officers that a grey Toyota Prado was defying orders to stop and park on the side of the road.
Kasonya further said he personally came across the said vehicle at Makoka Research Station where it had managed to stop but later cruised in the direction where the President’s convoy was coming from.
Presidential Traffic Officer, Stanley Mwale, in his testimony told the court that Kunje’s vehicle was intercepted after it met security cars leading the presidential convoy and that the matter was referred to the Criminal Investigations Departments to establish the motive of people in the vehicle bearing registration number MG 148 AK.
Meanwhile, Kunje’s lawyer, Christopher Masanje, said he was impressed with the progress of the case.
During the court proceedings, the state brought three cars from the presidential convoy to demonstrate what transpired on the day the two are alleged to have committed the offence.
Meanwhile, Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate Austin Banda has adjourned the case to 21 May where the state is expected to parade the last set of its witnesses.