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Paul Mphwiyo’s K2.4 billion case continues Thursday

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Hearing of the case in which former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo, and 18 others are answering K2.4 Cashgate charges continues Thursday at the High Court in Lilongwe.

The case was set for continued hearing from Monday to Friday this week but arrangement changed due to the commitments of some lawyers, and the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) notified the court and the lawyers of the changes.

The case, which was moved from judiciary premises in Lilongwe to Lilongwe City Civic Offices, has a total of 14 defence lawyers and four state lawyers including DPP Mary Kachale, who is a lead prosecutor.

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When the court sits, the defence lawyers are expected to cross-examine the first state witness, Leonard Kalonga.

But before the cross-examination, the issue of the defence lawyers’ demand for extra documents from the State is also expected to take centre stage.

During the last sitting, Mphwiyo’s lawyers demanded that the state provides treasury funding authority book for the period from July 2013 to September 30 2013, Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) funding uploading records and minutes from the Reserve Bank of Malawi September 9 2013 meeting before Kalonga’s cross-examination starts.

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Spokesperson in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Apoche Itimu, said the issues of the hearing dates will be sorted out in court.

“Please be advised that the Court will sit on the 9th February, which is Thursday, 2017. The change in dates would be best handled on that date to avoid miscommunication,” Itimu said.

Meanwhile, the State continues holding on to a warrant of arrest for one of the 19 respondents, Limumba Karim, who has not been appearing before the court and is reportedly seeking refuge outside the country.

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