By Wezzie Gausi:
Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba has adjourned to December 4 a case in which former Cabinet minister Henry Mussa and former Director of Information Gideon Munthali are being accused of stealing government computers and generators.
The two are currently on bail.
Their lawyer Powell Nkhutabasa said they are ready to follow what the court says and that they have nothing against the decision to adjourn the matter.
“Today the accused were supposed to take their plea and probably start hearing the case but the state has asked for more time.
“As defence, we have to obey what the state has said but we hope they are going to be done by the three weeks that they asked for,” Nkhutabasa said.
Nyimba urged the state to finish whatever is holding it to proceed with the trial, saying delays do not help the court as every accused person has the right to a speedy trial.
“This case started on September 14, 2020 and by now we could have been finalising everything. But the state seems not prepared enough. So we have adjourned the case again, giving the state ample time to finish whatever work they have,” Nyimba said.
State Prosecutor Cecilia Zangazanga told the court that the delays have come because the Director of Public Prosecutions is currently scrutinising the case files.
Munthali was arrested on September 11 while Mussa was arrested two days later. The two were remanded at Maula Prison before the court granted them bail.
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