Former principal secretary for Ministry of Tourism and Culture Treza Namathanga Senzani yesterday failed to take plea in theft and money laundering charges she is answering at High Court in Lilongwe following objections by her defence team on failure by the State to make some disclosures.
The State has since reduced charges against Senzani, 45, who is accused of stealing over K63 million of public funds, from the initial five accounts to three.
According to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Senzani will now answer theft, money laundering and abuse of office charges with charges of negligence and recklessness as controlling officer leading to defrauding of the State of some K5.5 billion among those dropped.
High Court Judge Ivy Kamanga has since ordered the ACB, which is prosecuting the matter, to release some documents, among them bank statements within 30 days.
Earlier, the defence had objected to the commencement of the trial prior to the release of these disclosures.
However, in her ruling yesterday, Kamanga cautioned the defence that the court would not allow further preliminary objections when the court resumes on June 25 for plea taking.