A case in which former government’s budget director Paul Mphwiyo and 17 other are answering Cashgate charges involving K2.4 billion, is expected to be heard at Lilongwe City Council chamber after a concern was made on the size of the court room at the Lilongwe High Court.
The move to City Council chamber followed a ruling by Judge Justice Esmie Chombo who in April advised the registrar of the courts and office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to find a bigger and better room where court can sit within Lilongwe City.
DPP Mary Kachale acknowledged that Malawi Court rooms are too small to accommodate the public who want to follow different cases of the public interest.
The defence Senior Council (SC) Messrs Chisanga also asked the court to use its powers and move the case to another comfortable bigger space than the current room which is too small to accommodate the accused and their team of 18 legal counsels including state prosecutors, accused relatives, the media and the public.
He said it is difficult sometimes for the counsels to bring all their files and take notes during court sessions due to the tiny space of the room.
Mphwiyo has been charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud which is contrary to Section 323 of Penal code, theft by public Servant contrary to Section 283 (1) of Penal Code, theft by servant, contrary to Section 278 as read with Section 286 (1) of Penal Code and Money laundering contrary to Section 35 (1)(c) worth MK2.446,817.49.