Mussa, Munthali fail to take plea, case adjourned to Dec 4

Mussa and Muthali at court on Tuesday

The Magistrate Court in Lilongwe on Tuesday failed to proceed with plea taking in the case where former Minister of Information Henry Mussa and former Director of Information Gideon Munthali are accused of theft by public officer and abuse of office.

Mussa and Munthali were accused of stealing 10 computers and 3 generators. The materials were meant for distribution to various district information offices in Malawi

Principal Magistrate Judge Viva Nyimba adjourned to the plea hearing to 4th of December.

The adjournment came as the State though prosecutor Cecelia Zangazanga said they were not ready.

Zangazanga explained the files were still at the office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP).

She reasoned with the judge saying they sought legal opinion and that has taken time.

Defence lawyer Powell Nkhutabasa for Mussa and Munthali argued his clients deserve a speedy trial in accordance with the law, to which Nyimba agreed.

Nyimba directed Zangazanga and her prosecutionl team, the DPP to act with speed pointing out Mussa and Munthali have rights to a speedy trial.

The two were granted bail on 21st of September, 2020.