The Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court has given both State and Defense 21 days to file their final submissions before the Court could determine if Collins Magalasi Former MERA Chief Executive Officer and three others have case to answer or not.
Magalasi, Patrick Maulidi MERA’s Public relations officer, Bright Mbewe MERA’s procurement officer Bright Mbewe and businessperson Dorothy Shonga are facing fraud and money laundering charges in relation to the
alleged supplying of goods worth k186 million to the regulator.
And on Tuesday, the State finished parading its witnesses despite lawyer representing Magalasi, Andy Kaonga not showing up in court.
Speaking to MIJ FM, Dr Steven Kayuni Director of Public Prosecutions said he believes the State has proved all the 18 charges being levelled against the accused.
On Kaonga not showing up in court, Kayuni refused to comment much saying this is to do with client – lawyer relationship, he however said Kaonga did not inform the court that he would not be available.
On his part, Enoch Chibwana one of the defense lawyers said they are ready to to prepare their written submission and have them filed within the specified period.