3 More Testify in Chisale's Intimidation Case

Three more State witnesses, including the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director general (DG) Hilary Chilomba, testified in a court in Lilongwe yesterday against Norman Chisale.

Chisale, a former personal bodyguard to former president Peter Mutharika, is accused of intimidating senior government officers, obstructing justice and use of insulting language among other charges. 

The ACB deputy DG told the Lilongwe Principal Magistrate's Court that Chisale, during a meeting he had with him at the ACB offices in Lilongwe on November 3, 2023, threatened him.

He told the court Chisale shouted at him on top of his voice while saying the ACB director general Martha Chizuma was lucky she was not at the office, otherwise, there would have been gunshots and explosives.

Ernest Chimanga, a security officer for Chilomba, also testified that he overheard Chisale shouting at his boss.

Former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Steven Kayuni, also took to the witness stand and told the court that Chisale threatened him through an interview he granted to Zodiak Broadcasting Station three months ago.

He told the court Chisale described him as a bad person he would never forgive, adding this was something he could not have taken lightly looking at the accused person's military background and his political connections.

It was also in this Zodiak interview Chisale also allegedly insulted minister of Justice Hon. Titus Mvalo.

Principal magistrate Roderick Michongwe adjourned the case indefinitely, but asked for availability of Hon. Mvalo, another key State witness, when new dates are set.

Earlier on Tuesday, the current DPP Masauko Chamkakala also testified against Chisale, telling the court that the intimidation was through a letter he delivered at his office on October 26, 2023.

Chief investigations officer at the bureau Vilera Liwonde also testified on Tiesday against Chisale.

Chisale has been complaining that he was failing to meet some obligations such as paying school fees for his children after his bank accounts were frozen due to both criminal and civil cases in court. He accused authorities of delaying his criminal case.


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