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LL Senior resident Magistrate Chipawo suspend Salima homicide case

Lilongwe Senior resident Magistrate Violet Chipawo on Tuesday 14, 2020 adjourned a homicide case in which two Burundians Emmanuel Sekanao and Dezire Bintuari together with one Malawian Davie Paseri 28 year old of Traditional Authority Kadewere in Chiradzulu District are answering charges of attempted grievous harm and wounding.

The two are suspected to be involved in a shooting a businessperson naturalized Malawian of Rwandan origin Vincent Niyongira in Salima on July 10 2017.

In November the three suspects were told that they have a case to answer before Chipawo chamber after lawyer representing Vincent Niyongira, Lungano Mwabutwa managed to convince the court to prosecute the suspects.

But on Tuesday Chipawo agreed with lawyer representing first accused person Dezire Bintuari, that the case had no basic evidence especially from the Vincent Niyongira side.

“I believe that this court knows where we are coming from with this case, it is now over three years since this case was presented before my chamber.”Said Chipawo

“There is a challenge that we both must agree here which is the time frame, it seems that the other side don’t have enough evidence to give this case.” Continued Chipawo as she adjourned the case.

“I now adjourn this case to March 11 as the court will start hearing the testimonies from witness of both accused persons.”

Lawyer representing Emmanuel Sakanao, Gilbert Kunyogwa notified the court that his side is planning to parade five witness, but was quick to assure the court that they will make it short during questioning.

The overdue homicide case is believed to be affected by the bribes, since the case involve two financial muscle in Salima District.

 It is believed also that Emmanuel Sakanao and Vincent Niyongira are swear enemies prompted by business dealings.   

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