Court dismisses Matemba’s application to block NCA officials to testify in his corruption case

By Chisomo Phiri

The High Court in the capital Lilongwe through Judge Violet Chipao has on Tuesday dismissed an application by former Solicitor General and Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Justice Reyneck Matemba,that National Crime Agency (NCA) officials from the United Kingdom (UK) should not testify in the corruption case against him.

Matemba submitted that formal procedures were not followed to have witnesses and evidence from NCA presented in court.

Matemba said there was a need for the office of the Attorney General to make a request from the Home Affairs office in the UK, asking for evidence and witnesses from NCA.


Judge Violet Chipao ruled that the Anti-Corruption Bureau can use informal means to ask witnesses to testify.

One of the NCA officials has since started testifying in the case.

Matemba is answering charges of failure to declare interest in the vetting and approval of the $7.875million Police ration packs contract awarded to Zuneth Sattar.