Maganga Suspected Murder Trial Adjourned to Next Week – Capital Radio Malawi
21 April, 2024

Maganga Suspected Murder Trial Adjourned to Next Week

The High Court in Lilongwe will next Tuesday resume hearing the case involving Lester Maganga, the former personal assistant to the Minister of Information, who is suspected of murdering Allan Witika.

High Court Judge Mzondi Mvula granted the State’s request for an adjournment yesterday after only one witness was presented.

The remaining witnesses were unavailable this week but are expected to be present next week.

Senior State Advocate Pilirani Masanjala disclosed that the state intends to conclude its case next week as per the court’s schedule.

“Whatever happens next week, we should have our witnesses paraded. The most important thing is that as the State, we are telling a story and we must tell that story with compelling evidence. So, the witness who was supposed to come today is supposed to testify in close proximity with the investigators so that the story makes sense,” Masanjala said.

However, one of the defense lawyers Lusungu Gondwe said delays by the State have an impact on the case as their client is still on remand, hence calling for a speedy trial.

“My client is not yet on bail, so, each time they take some time without prosecuting the matter it means more time in jail. To me, this means a gross violation of a right to fair trial on the part of my client,” lamented Gondwe.

The State has so far paraded 10 witnesses out of the planned 14 witnesses in the case which happened in September 2023.

Witika was found dead in his car in Area 15 in Lilongwe with gun wounds.

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