Wed. Apr 24th, 2024

State failed to parade second witness in the FISD Directors Case

The State has today failed to parade it’s second witness in the FISD Directors fraud case as witness is reported not to be in the right state of mind to be in the court.

On Monday, State’s second witness Kondwani Msowoya who is Project coordinator for the Sustainable Rural Water, Sanitation infrastructure for improved Health and Livelihood Project, was expected to continue tendering his evidence in court but this did not happen as he failed to show up in Court.

According to Pirirani Masanjala Senior State Advocate, Msowoya couldn’t make it to the court as his wife is unwell and he is taking care of her.

But defense lawyer Wapona Kita has expressed displeasure with the State’s failure to bring the witness to court.

According to Kita, the defense wants to get done with the second witness and have the case concluded as quick as possible.

The defense has further expressed reservations with the amended charge sheet that includes Foundation for Irrigation and Sustainable Development (FISD) Limited as an accused person.

Kita has told MIJ Online that the charge sheet has some legal issues that needs to be looked at.

Meanwhile, Senior Resident Magistrate Florence Msekandiana has adjourned the case to 18th May 2022.

The four FISD Directors namely; Moses Chirambo, Frank Mwenechanya, Kondwani Nanchukwa and Arthur Mpama are facing charges of money laundering, conspiracy to commit a felony and fraud.

It is alleged that the four directors received a double payment from the African Development Bank, government’s partner in the project they were contracted to undertake.

The ministry had awarded the company a K2.4 billion contract to construct, rehabilitate and expand gravity-fed water supply systems in Ntcheu District.

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