After an application by the state that it wants to separately prosecute accused persons ex Malawi President Bakili Muluzi and Lyness Whiskey in the MK1.7 billion corruption case, the High Court in Blantyre has adjourned the case to 3 May 2016.
The State had through Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) asked High Court Judge Maclean Kamwambe applied that the two accused persons, Muluzi and Violet Whiskey, be prosecuted separately.
The application requires that the two meet in the Chambers on April 29 2016 where formal application will be made and the defence council will respond.
The defence had made protests to the application.
Out of the 15 counts, only 13 to 15 are relating to the 2nd accused, Whiskey.
Whiskey is answering three counts, including two pertaining to theft by a person employed in the public service.
The third charge is giving a false report or information to the ACB.
The proceedings were yesterday morning stopped after Whiskey, had collapsed as the defence continued to cross examine first witness Victor Banda.
She was rushed to Blantyre Adventist Hospital for medical attention.
In making an update this morning the defence team led by Tamando Chokotho said that Whiskey’s medical report shows a diagnosis and recommends a three-day bed rest and an appointment for review on April 22 2016.
At the moment, over K100 million (about $145 483) has been deducted from the K1.7 billion.
This happened after first prosecution witness Victor Banda agreed that the money should not be part of the said cumulative figure as there was no indication it was acquired corruptly.
The K100 million deductions, among others, include money from Muluzi’s Ntaja Trading and Distributors and loans from Loita Investment Bank as well as Stanbic Bank (now Standard Bank) which he got for the construction of Keza Office Park.
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.
The case has largely stalled due to the ill health of the ex President.