By Esther Manduwa
Lawyers representing former Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara and ex Minister Charles Mchacha have opposed the state’s application to commit the case to the High Court.
According to one of the lawyers, Chancy Gondwe, the application made through the Director of Public Prosecution does not hold ground as holder of the office is yet to be confirmed by the Public Appointments Committee of Parliament.
Gondwe also said they have it on record that the State is yet to get consent from the DPP to proceed with the case.
However, the Anti Corruption Bureau Chief Legal and Prosecution Officer Victor Chiwala has told the Lilongwe Magistrate court that Steven Kayuni is still a State Advocate despite not being confirmed by Parliament as the DPP and that he duly signed the committal certificate.
The ACB maintains that the case be committed to the High Court.
Muhara, former Minister of Housing, Vuwa Kaunda and former Deputy Minister of Transport, Charles Mchacha are accused of having played a hand in alleged illegal purchase of land by Mchacha at Kanjedza Forest in Blantyre.
Meanwhile, Principal Resident Magistrate Viva Nyimba, has adjourned the case to two o'clock this afternoon.