The High Court in Blantyre has adjourned to Thursday the hearing of the MK1.7 Billion case involving ex Malawi President Bakili Muluzi and his ex assistant Lyness Whiskey to allow first witness be present in court.
The witness, ex deputy Director of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Victor Banda to be present.
ACB’s Deputy Director Reyneck Matemba told the court that Banda has been sick and will be seeing his doctor on Wednesday and that he would not be resent in the court today.
Matemba asked the court to adjourn the case or allow the second witness to testify but the defence lawyers Tamanda Chokhotho and Jai Banda objected.
The defence team maintained that it had prepapred for the first witness alone and not the second one.
Judge MacLean Kamwambe then adjourned the case to Thursday as the first witness will be present to testify.
Kamwambe said that matters of the health are core and could not be neglected whle saying that Muluzi who was present in the court has a right to fair trial just like any other person.
The resumption of the case came as court withdrew the initial applications made by Muluzi.
He had applied for a constitutional review in which he was asking the Chief Justice to determine whether the MK1.7 billion theft case answering was to be tried as a constitutional matter not criminal.
For over six years, Muluzi has been answering charges of corruption in which he is accused of squandering public funds amounting to 1.7 billion Kwacha.