Court allows Gaston Mwenelupembe to join Muluzi legal team

High Court in Blantyre has allowed private practice lawyer Gaston Mwenelupembe, the former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) prosecutor, to join the legal team defending former president Bakili Muluzi in the K1.7 billion (about $4.2m) graft trial.

ACB lead prosecutor David Nyamirandu opposed Mwenelupembe’s presentation to join Kalekeni Kaphale, Jai Banda and Trouble Kalua, saying the former ACB prosecutor had conflict of interest in the matter.

According to Nyamirandu, lawyer Mwenelupembe was chief prosecutor during the time when the case started in 2006 as such he had conflict of interest and that ethically.

Muluzi: Case adjourned
Muluzi: Case adjourned

But Mwenelupembe served ACB with a sworn affidavit in which he dismissed allegations that he once dealt with the Muluzi case, Nyamirandu told the court.

High Court Judge Mclean Kamwambe observed that there is no substance in the allegation that Mwenelupembe handled the Muluzi matter as ACB prosecutor and allowed him to join Muluzi legal team

Meanwhile, the K1.7 billion corruption case has been adjourned and new hearing date will be set.

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