Court Sets New Date for Susu Plea-taking
The Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate James Mankhwazi has shifted the Chinese Lu Ke's child trafficking and money laundering case to 2nd September, following defense lawyer Andy Kaonga's failure to appear in court.
Kaonga is alleged to have not shown up because he is attending a funeral of a relative.
Principal State advocate in the Directorate of Public Prosecutions Mathews Gamadzi has told us they are ready to prosecute the case, but had to consider Kaonga’s reason for a no-show, adding when the court resumes on 2nd September, they will have been all set.
“The Susu matter was set for plea-taking and directions, and then it transpired that lawyer for the accused person, Counsel Kaonga was unavailable because he is attending a funeral of a relative, so the matter will not proceed in his absence”, said Gamadzi.
Gamadzi added, “The matter has been adjourned to a later date, 2nd September 2022 for that development so that we can take plea and then trial will commence. The State served necessary disclosures, and come the day, we shall be ready for commencement.”
In his remarks, Ephraim Chikwakwa who appeared on behalf of Kaonga said the defense is ready, and seeking the adjournment to a later date was an unforeseen circumstance.
Lu Ke, popularly known as Susu is accused of money laundering, procuring a child to perform in public, child trafficking and cyber security crimes. He was deported into the country from Zambia where he fled to, following revelations that he shot demeaning videos of some Malawian children in Lilongwe.