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Witness denies signature in Police food rations case

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Former Malawi Police Service procurement officer Herbert Njorwa Wednesday denied having co-authored a letter of acknowledgement of a notice despite it having a resemblance of his signature in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) food rations case.

The State is accusing Zameer Karim and Victoria Chanza of forging and uttering the letter to get a loan from Ecobank amounting to K150 million.

Njorwa, the second witness, while denying having authorised the letter, also expressed shock with the development, arguing he has never worked as deputy director of finance to which the signature is being appended.

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He told the court that, as procurement officer, he only encountered Karim a few times and mostly during the bidding process.

“I am wondering why my signature is here. I have never worked as deputy director of finance,” he said.

During cross examination with defence lawyer Tamani Chokhotho, he also denied having any information regarding the charges being levelled against Chanza.

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Earlier, former MPS director of finance Innocent Bottoman continued to testify against Karim, claiming that the alleged forged letter did not originate from the office of the Inspector General.

Bottoman also told the court that he had no evidence against Chanza in all three counts.

In an interview, Karim’s lawyer Alex Nampota said they still stood on the premise that the letter in contention came from the police.

The food rations case involves the alleged forgery of K150 million loan documents, which assisted the first accused, Karim of Pioneer Investments, to get funds from Ecobank.

Karim and Chanza are answering three counts of forgery, uttering false documents and fraud.

Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has adjourned the case to April 21 and 22.

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