Defense Rejects State’s Document in Ex MACRA Boss Case
Defense lawyers have today objected to a document that state witness presented in court indicating that Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) procured cloth for the former governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
This is the case which former MACRA Director General, Godfrey Itaye, Director of Finance Ben Chitsonga and Head of Procurement Joseph Ngalawa are being accused of fraud and abuse of office.
The case resumed with state parading its fourth witness, Martin Mpata, General Manager of Mapeto David Whitehead.
Mpata recognized before magistrate’s court in Blantyre a document which indicated that MACRA procured 200 meters of cloth for the former governing Democratic Progressive Party.
He said the items were valued at about K2, 249, 615 million.
“The document was collected by Mr. H Macheso on identity number BS5320. It was collected on Delivery Goods Dispatch Note Number 29411,” said Mpata.
When the witnesses wanted to tender the document as part of his evidence, defense rose with an objection that the document cannot be used as evidence.
Counsel Fostino Mayere from the defense asked state on what authority it is using the document as evidence when it was not an original.
Senior Assistant Chief State Advocate Dzikondianthu Malunda told the court that the document was certified as a true copy of original, an argument that was counter-argued by defense.
State then asked for a 20-minute adjournment to confer on the matter.
When the court resumed, Malunda sought another adjournment to address issues raised by the defense.
“We need to regularize and be better equipped to address the issues raised by counsel from defense. We also propose that the witness should start from where he has stopped next time we meet,” said Malunda.
The case has since been adjourned to 13 May this year.