Muluzi case halted as co-accused collapses in court

The alleged corruption trial of former president Bakili Muluzi on Monday started on a sad note as hardly a few minutes after cross examination of the first witness started, the second accused, Violet Whiskey collapsed in court.

Ex-president Bakili Muluzi maintained his innocence from the start

Ex-president Bakili Muluzi maintained his innocence from the start

She was immediately taken to hospital.

Whiskey started groaning while in court and was helped out by security officers for Muluzi.

The development forced presiding judge, Maclean Kamwambe to adjourn the hearing to allow Whisky to be attended to.

During the recess lawyers from both the defence and prosecution had a meeting to chart the way forward.

“We had discussions between ourselves, defence and the State, the Counsel has said they will get a report from the hospital by the end of business day today thus around 5pm,” said Anti Corruption Bureau deputy director Reyneck Matemba who is lead prosecutor.

Both sides asked the court for an adjournment until Tuesday morning.

The defence also told the court that the first prosecution witness Victor Banda had complained that he was not feeling.

At the resumption of cross examination on Monday, the defence grilled the first witness on basis if suspected corruption in some deposits of cheques mainly from Loita Bank, and Auction Holdings Ltd.

The case dates back to 2006 and has now taken about 10 years due to numerous adjournments mainly attributed to the former president’s ill health.

Muluzi and Whiskey are facing charges as former president was in possession of “pecuniary resources” amounting to K1 740 166 712. 32 which the state suspected to have been corruptly acquired wanted a reasonable explanation in relation to the amount.

So far over K100 million has been deducted from the K1.7 billion as there was no indication it was corruptly acquired.

The money was deposited into Muluzi’s account between March 4 1999 and July 21 2001 by Ntaja Trading and Distributors (the former president’s company), Loita Investment Bank (from fixed deposit) and Kalaria Wholesalers, amounting to K20 million.

In charging Muluzi, the state claimed the money was from donors. It is yet to be seen if the rest of the money came from Malawi donors into Muluzi’s personal account.

The defence  led by private practice lawyer Tamanda Chokhotho argued that in investigating Muluzi, the State deliberately excluded other sources of income such as Ntaja Trading and Distributors which was making a monthly turnover of more than K1 billion, Keza Properties and Atupele Properties

Chokotho said the defence will have to “make calculations” , which will be done at the time they are making submissions in order to know the exact amount struck off from the K1.7 billion, saying they are going through “transaction by transaction ” and  pointed out that at the end of the trial, they may not have any figure at all.

Hearing was thus adjourned to Tuesday 9am.

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madamada
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madamada
5 months 9 days ago

Kkkkkkkk Kuchitekete….. Kimadi mulanduwu ndibwino kungousiya coz ukutha ndalama. Imagine 10 yrs

KUNO KU GWERU PRISON
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KUNO KU GWERU PRISON
5 months 9 days ago

MAY THE INNOCENT
SOUL OF NJAUJU
REST IN PEACE !!

WANGONDE
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WANGONDE
5 months 9 days ago

INU MONGA SIMUKUDZIWA KUTI ATCHEYA SAMATEKETSEKA????? NO NO NO NOT WHEN THE SPIRITS OF KAPOLOMA ARE JUST IN THE COURT ROOM. WATCH THE PROCEEDINGS AND HOW THE MEN OF LAWS WILL SWAY THEMSELVES TO PRONOUNCE……”NO CASE AGAINST THE ACCUSED”!!!!!! SEARCH ME

chikasa ndungu
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chikasa ndungu
5 months 9 days ago

komadi,ndalama yoseyi momwe mwambila kufuvuza muja? ndindalama zingati zomwe mwaononga pa mumulandu umenewu? zachamba eti? asiyeni basi!!!!

Mwanache jwa ababa
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Mwanache jwa ababa
5 months 9 days ago

Kkkkkkkkk udzatha mulandu uwu?

Unenesko Nguwemi
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Unenesko Nguwemi
5 months 9 days ago

Muluzi agamulidwe otherwise it will be a political persecution as he claims.

Brother Leader
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Brother Leader
5 months 9 days ago

what a wastage of tym and resources by ACB? if he(muluzi)stole the money,which was intended to uplift the lives of the poor masses,why you too(acb)wasting funds in trying hm instead of helping the poor whom he failed to?why walking the long walk in a desert of which water is hardly available?we r al thieves in one way or the other.Adzaulula(God)

fara
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fara
5 months 10 days ago

We want the truth, nothing but the truth. Olo wina akomokenso!

Kadakwiza
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Kadakwiza
5 months 10 days ago

Malawians are watching very close.

DAVID KWALIRA
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DAVID KWALIRA
5 months 10 days ago

GOD ALMIGHTY

YOU KNOW HOW
TO TREAT AND SAVE
YOUR PEOPLE FROM

THESE MONSTERS/CASHGATERS AND SATANISTS WHO STEAL
MONEY MEANT FOR THE POOR
PEOPLE TO ENRICH THEMSELVES.

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