The High Court in Lilongwe on Monday discharged lawyer Wapona Kita from representing businessman, Limumba Karim, who is one of the suspects in a case in which former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and eight others are answering involving K2.4 billion.
Kita asked the court to allow him to discharge himself from the case, saying he could not continue representing a client who is no longer communicating with him despite several attempts to reach the client.
Karim is nowhere to be seen and the office of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) asked the court to revoke his bail and grant the State a warrant of arrest.
Some sources said Karim is no longer in the country and is currently staying in South Africa.
“My lady, I would like to discharge myself from representing Limumba Karim in this case. I have been trying to reach and I have not been able to be successful and I can’t continue representing somebody who I am failing to communicate with. If it pleases you, please allow me to be out of this case,” Kita said.
Judge Esmie Chombo nodded in affirmative to Kita’s request and this means Karim has no lawyer in the case.
“For the record, the State has already asked the court to revoke bail for Limumba Karim and release a warrant for his arrest,” DPP Mary Kachale said.
Kachale has confirmed that the warrant of arrest has been obtained and effective morning of yesterday, Karim is on wanted list.