Five witnesses have testified against Malawi police officer, Constable Kondwani Guta who has been charged of robbery with violence following his involvement in an armed robbery incident that happened in Kanjedza residential area, Blantyre last year.
Guta, 25, who was stationed at Chilobwe Police Unit in Blantyre, was arrested on 13th December, 2014 together with his accomplice, Geoffrey Kandulu for attacking and robbing an Indian businessman, Yasin Yusuf using a riffle.
The two stole K980, 000 cash and two cell phones all to the total value of K1, 120,000 and were caught after a fierce gun-fire exchange with Malawi police Mobile Force officers who were called to the of the incident in Kanjedza residential area.
Guta and Kandulu on 2nd January, 2015 pleaded not guilty to robbery with violence charge.
The offence as stipulated in Section 301 of the Penal Code attracts a minimum of 14 years imprisonment, or Life Imprisonment with Hard Labour (IHL)-if the accused had used a dangerous weapon when committing the offence.
One of the State Counsels in the case, Jairos Chafunsa disclosed they were remaining with four more witnesses, to testify against the accused when trial resumes next week Tuesday February 24th after Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba on Wednesday adjourned the case.
Two of the already paraded witnesses are the victim, Yasin Yusuf as well as his shop assistant. The other witnesses were officers from police mobile force B Company unit.
And some of the witnesses yet to testify against Guta and Kandulu include the police investigator and Chilobwe police officer who was on duty on the day the crime was committed.
Guta who hails from Thonje village T/A Ngabu in Chikwawa is represented in the case by lawyer, Lusungu Gondwe while his accomplice, Kandulu is not represented by any lawyer.
The law enforcers arrested Guta and Kandulu with the help of Kanjedza residents.
In December, 2014, Guta used official riffle to rob Yasin Yusuf. He is said to have stormed Yasin Yusuf’s shop in Limbe, together with his accomplice, where they accused him of keeping drugs which after searching were not found.
Guta and his accomplice are said to have later taken Yusuf to his house in Kanjedza where the armed police with help of the residents apprehended the two.
Following the armed robbery incident, some of officers at Chilobwe Police Station were transferred.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :