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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14 thoughts on “Muluzi case halted as co-accused collapses in court”

  1. madamada says:

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

  2. KUNO KU GWERU PRISON says:

    MAY THE INNOCENT
    SOUL OF NJAUJU
    REST IN PEACE !!

  3. WANGONDE says:

    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

  4. chikasa ndungu says:

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

  5. Mwanache jwa ababa says:

    Kkkkkkkkk udzatha mulandu uwu?

  6. Unenesko Nguwemi says:

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

  7. Brother Leader says:

    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)

  8. fara says:

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

  9. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very close.

  10. DAVID KWALIRA says:

    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.

  11. pepani kwambiri Atcheya

  12. iiih koma Amalawi mumazitsata zinthuzi mixxx

  13. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    No matter how hard you guys try to make this case look real, everybody knows that this is a staged trial and in the end Muluzi will be exonerated of all the charges.

    . . . Its just sad that you guys had to agree to even have this Whiskey or Amarura collapse or something like that, in one of this staged-drama’s episodes. Did it have to come to that? Quite interesting, but I think you are investing a lot!
    . . . This is what happenes when you are crooked to your colon’s appendix. You can do anything including making a fool of someone else or killing him/her or even yourself; just to escape justice.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    However . . .
    . . . Even if Muluzi is acquitted (which we know he will be), he knows and we all know that ndalama zinadyedwa.
    . . . We just feel cheated to not realise kuti “Kumachenjera pa town” and “ndalama zizikhala mmatumba mwa anthu” meant kuba ndalama za amphawi.
    . . . One thing is clear – You will escape the justice of men, but you won’t escape God’s justice. Sadly we wont witness it coz nafe tizakhala tikupsa (ndi nkhani zathu) or tili ku paradise.
    O……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  14. Indere Msataye says:

    Hahahahah!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ACB Chasing wind. Ndi a tcheya amenewo masewera Adamaliza. Iri bizinesi ine ntayisiya. Kuononga 3Bn kwacha kufuna ukatolera ngongole ya 1.7 bn kwacha.

    Abuse of court processes.

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