Leston Mulli, one of the country’s business magnates is a great fan of local music, whose enthusiasm was extended to hiring lawyers for local music ace Joe Gwaladi after he was arrested by police in Phalombe on allegations that he defiled a 14-year old girl.
Since the Gwaladi defilement scandal was first reported in the media five months ago, the country’s entertainment fraternity has been wondering about the musician’s financial muscle to angage the services of private practice lawyer Chancy Gondwe, who is representing him.
But sources privy to the matter confided in The Nation that when Mulli heard about the arrest of musician Gwaladi, he hired Gondwe to represent him in the matter.
Mulli is said to have instructed Gondwe to rush to Phalombe to fight for Gwaladi’s police bail.
In his ruling, Phalombe First Grade Magistrate Damson Banda ordered Gwaladi to pay a bail bond of K100 000.
Meanwhile, Gwaladi’s case is still in court, according to the lawyer. The musician appeared before the court twice and the matter had to be adjourned because the mother to the alleged victim was unwell.
Said Gondwe: “We understand that when the State is ready with its witnesses, they will obtain a day for the hearing of the case. Otherwise, the defence is ready to see it that the case is pursued and concluded.”
Meanwhile, as he awaits the hearing, Gwaladi has rebranded to ‘Professor Joe Gwaladi’ and is reportedly in the studio recording new music, including a song bordering around his ordeal.