Trapence, Sembereka awaits court to fix case hearing date on money swindling charges

Two Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) say they are just waiting for the court to set date for hearing in a case they are accused of swindling UNAIDS K7.4 million.

Sembereka: Court yet to set new dates

Lawyer for HRDC vice chairperson Gift Trapence and member MacDonald Sembereka says his clients are expected back in court after police refused to drop the charges after the director of public prosecutions (DPP).

Lawyer for the HRDC officials, Khwima Chizi said following the decision by the police to refuse closing the case, the court is yet to set new dates for the hearing.

“As soon as we get the dates, we will be back in the court,” said Chizi.

Trapence and Sembereka face mismanagement of the UNAIDS, forgery, fraud, money laundering and running unregistered organization.

The director of public prosecutions Mary Kachale wrote the acting Inspector General of police Duncan Mwapasa to withdraw the case after UNAIDS said they were no longer interested in the case after the two suspects paid back all the money.

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The owners of the funds have let the issue go and asked the government to do the same. Plaintiffs can and are allowed to drop charges and get cases closed if they feel a reasonable out of court remedy has been established. Why then, is Opel Kaddet Mwapasa refusing to let the issue go upon such a request by the plaintiff through the Director of Public Prosecutions? Malawi will never develop with such backward political propaganda. Kicks of a dying DPP.

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