Chizuma Trial In February 8

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Chief Resident Magistrate Madalitso Khoswe Chimwaza has adjourned the Martha Chizuma leaked audio case to February 8, when the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Chief will take plea.

On a day the ACB Director was expected to appear before Chief Resident Court in Lilongwe, Chizuma did not turn up.

She is reportedly in Blantyre prosecuting Abdul Karim Batatawala’s corruption case.

Not even her lawyer Martha Kaukonde was present.

Interested groups such as the Women Lawyers Association, and legal practitioners Ayuba James and Powell Nkhutabasa sought an injunction for her to take a plea at a later date.

According to Nkhutabasa, Chizuma will be travelling back to Lilongwe, today Friday.

She can avail herself the next day.

Nkhutabasa however asked for disclosures from the State, so that their team can appreciate the evidence that the State has, and advise their client accordingly on how to plea.

However, Chief Resident Magistrate directed that plea-taking should take place on February 8 and asked the State to serve disclosures in time.

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