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State to re-examine witnesses in Bakili Muluzi case

Judge Maclean Kamwambe, has allowed the state time to prepare to re-examine witnesses in the ongoing case in which former president, Bakili Muluzi is accused of misappropriating K1.7 billion in donor money.

This follows an earlier application made by Clement Mwala who is representing the state in the case.

Mwala said the state needs more time to go through some of the documents that the defence used during cross-examination.

Thursday, Jai Banda from the defence team cross-examined first state witness, Victor Banda, who confessed that he does not have evidence on the charges against Muluzi, but rather suspicions because the assets of the accused were not tallying with his income by the time the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) arrested him.

When it was time for the state to re-examine the defence team in the morning, Mwala asked Justice Kamwambe to adjourn the hearing to give the state time to analyse the documents used by the defence when cross-examining the state witness, to avoid repeating the questions.

“My Lord, we think it will be proper for us to prepare thoroughly for the re-examination. Our request, therefore, is that the court should consider giving us the rest of the day for our preparations so that we return tomorrow (today) for re-examination,” he said.

The defence, through Tamando Chokhotho, also accepted the request.

Kamwambe accepted the request but he urged both parties to do their part observing that the case has already dragged for long.

The court has been sitting since Monday this week. The state is yet to disclose as to how many witnesses will be paraded.

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