Zomba Chief Resident Magistrate, Austin Banda has adjourned to a later date, a case in which comedian, Bon Kalindo is answering charges of uttering false information.
CRM Banda adjourned the case following the absence of Kalindo’s lawyer, Gilbert Khonyongwa who was attending to another case in Lilongwe.
Kalindo is accused of having said he was aware of who murdered former Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Clement Chiwaya and those killing and abducting persons with albinism.
During the hearing, Timothy Chirwa who represented Kalindo’s lawyer requested for the court to adjourn the case since Khonyongwa the lead lawyer was not available.
“It could have not been possible to cross examine the witness since Mr Kalindo did not choose me to be his lawyer. I am not in a good position to cross-examine the witnesses.
“Mr Kalindo has right to choose a lawyer of his choice just like any other citizen regardless of political affiliation and Mr Khonyongwa is his lawyer, therefore, in whatever cases, cross-examination is supposed to be done by his lawyer.”
Public Prosecutor, Levison Mangani said government was not happy with the adjournment as it shows unprofessionalism and that Khonyongwa could have notified the court in time.
He said what Khonyongwa had portrayed was unprofessional and should never happen again.
“Since it is not the fault of Mr Kalindo, the adjournment is granted but this delays the passing of judgements,” CRM Banda said.
The two parties have since been tasked to fix a new date within 20 days.