The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has adjourned to September 16 a case in which former Reserve Bank of Malawi Governor, Dalitso Kabambe, former Reserve Bank of Malawi Deputy Governor, Henry Mathanga and two others are accused of abuse of office when they paid a compensation of K4.3 billion to FDH Bank without prior approval of board.
Chief Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa has adjourned the case for 45 days whereby State lawyers and Defence lawyers shall engage in a case management session to plan the course of the case before trial commences.
This means the Court has granted that all the accused shall be excused from that hearing.
Earlier, the Director of Public Prosecutions, Steven Kayuni, asked the court for 30 days time to wrap up investigations.
He also asked the court to give the State another 14 days after wrapping up the investigations to make disclosures in the case.
He said since the release of the RBM Forensic Audit Report, a committee of investigators comprising Fiscal Police, ACB and Financial Intelligence Authority have been jointly investigating the matter.He claimed that some of the people who were to be interviewed were in isolation due to Covid-19.
However taking his turn, defence lawyer Khumbo Soko said the defence was greatly disappointed with the state arguments. He said the prayer by Kayuni raised questions as to why the four were arrested. He then asked the court to discharge the case.
Kabambe, a Democratic Progressive Party presidential hopeful, was arrested on June 28 before being given bail two days later.