Malawi ex president Muluzi’s falling health halts case again

A High Court judge in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre, has adjourned  case in which former president Dr Bakili Muluzi is answering a  K1.7 billion corruption case to next month because he is recuperating in South African hospital after he went through an operation.

Muluzi has been in and out of British and South African clinics since retiring from office in 2004. He has undergone several surgeries to fix his slipped discs.

He missed his mother’s funeral on Monday because he had to undergo a gruelling 5-hour operation in a Cape Town Clinic.

Muluzi: Case to resume in November

Director of Public Prosecutions, Bruno Kalemba, said the case will continue on November 15, 2011.

The country’s top prosecutor said the court was informed about Muluzi’s operation and that “a team of surgeons will conduct a post surgery review (Thursday October 18).”

He said Muluzi’s medical report will be presented to the court for review.

In July, Muluzi’s trial failed to take place because Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that government wants to reconstitute the prosecution team.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  wants Muluzi and his co-accused Lyness Violet Whisky to explain the K1.7 billion into his personal accounts from various sources believed to be donors of his former ruling UDF party when he was in power between 1994 and 2004.

Muluzi denies any wrongdoing.

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