By Blessings Mpinganjira:
The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court will on May 5 rule whether Norman Chisale has a case to answer in the case pertaining to a fake Junior Certificate he allegedly submitted to Malawi Defence Force (MDF).
Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa has also asked the defence to file submissions on April 22 and the State on April 28.
Defence Lawyer Chancy Gondwe said the State seemed to have no evidence against his client.
“The second witness failed to bring the certificate to court, which is proof enough that the State has no case,” Gondwe said.
However, Senior State Advocate Pilirani Masanjala said the State had proved its case.
“We paraded six witnesses and we are ready for the submissions,” he said.
The first witness Brigadier Thomas Chikaona, who works in the Ministry of Defence, said he was the recruiting officer in 1996 when Norman Chisale was joining the military.
During cross examination, the second witness Henry Kalundu, who works as senior officer in Malawi Police Service’s Criminal Investigations Department at Lilongwe Police Headquarters, said his investigations indicated that Chisale did not pass Junior Certificate of Education examinations while Pithius Hiwa did.
Kalundu told the court that he verified with the Malawi National Examinations Board, which indicated that the accused did not pass the examination.
He hinted that Hiwa fled to Zambia following the threats he was getting from Chisale.
Kalundu said it took 24 years for Hiwa to bring the case to court as he was being threatened by Chisale.
Chirwa has adjourned the case to April 1 after defence lawyer Gilbert Khonyongwa said his client was in Covid isolation and could not make it to the court.
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