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Last State witness in Blantyre Water Board fraud case ready

The State Tuesday said it was ready to parade its last witness, Detective Inspector Joseph Nkuna, who was investigating a case in which Brian Makote, former employee of Blantyre Water Board (BWB), and two accomplices, Oscar Kapito and Paul Mang’ani, are being accused of laundering money amounting to K150 million.

The court yesterday failed to rule on the third bail application the accused made, with presiding magistrate Viva Nyimba reserving his ruling until the last State witness has testified.

“The whole point was for the last witness to testify before I make my ruling. Now that he has not testified, I reserve the ruling until tomorrow [today] because his testimony will give the direction of the trial,” Nyimba said.

Nkuna failed to testify earlier in the trial as he was in his home village.

He was available and ready Tuesday but could not testify because one of the defence lawyers was not available in court to hear the testimony.

State Prosecutor, Christopher Katani, said Nkuna is expected to link the first accused, Makote, to the other accused persons using documentary evidence.

“The court has again failed to make its ruling on the bail application which we all expected because Detective Inspector Nkuna has not testified. He is a very important witness for us because he will link the first accused to the other accused persons in the trial,” he said.

The Senior Resident Magistrate Court has denied Makote bail twice on grounds that he was a flight risk while Mang’ani appeared in court for the first time on Monday after he was arrested last Saturday since he was reported to be on the run in November last year.

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