Magalasi’s Alleged Funding of DPP Case Awaits a New Magistrate
The case of the suspended Malawi Regulatory Authority MERA Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Collins Magalasi in which he is being accused of funding the erstwhile ruling Democratic Progressive Party DPP convention will take a little longer to commence as the presiding magistrate, Senior Resident Magistrate Shyreen Chirwa has been transferred to Industrial Relations Court.
Last month when Dr. Magalasi appeared in court, he pleaded not guilty to charges of abuse of office and fraud in the K10.5 million Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) members accommodation case.
And upon reconvening Tuesday, the state was expected to parade six witnesses in the case.
Director of Public Prosecutions DPP, Dr. Steve Kayuni says he was saddened but his side will wait for the date yet to be communicated.
“This is somehow a setback on our side as we were set to start parading witnesses in the case but we will still wait for the setting of the date. We are ready even today to parade all the witnesses who are set to testify in the case,” said Dr. Kayuni.
Dr. Magalasi is being accused of using K10.5million Mera funds to pay for the accommodation of DPP officials who went to Lilongwe for a party meeting in 2018.