In a dramatic turn of events, the heated legal battle over the ownership of bus depots between the State and National Bus Company Limited has reached a critical stage at the High Court today. The courtroom was filled with anticipation as lawyer Alick Msowoya, a former Company Secretary for National Bus Services, took the stand as a witness for the prosecution.
During the cross-examination, defense lawyers wasted no time in challenging Msowoya’s credibility by questioning whether National Bus Services had unlawfully acquired the bus depots, as alleged by previous witness Hastings Bofomo Nyirenda, the liquidator of the former Shire Bus Lines.
“Did the company, for which you served as Company Secretary, steal the bus depots?” the defense lawyer fired the question at Msowoya.
In an unexpected twist, Msowoya, a lawyer himself, requested not to answer the question, citing his professional standing. He believed it would be more prudent for him to abstain from responding. However, he did confirm the existence of processes and communications that had transpired, leading to National Bus Services assuming custody of the depots.
Meanwhile, Attorney General Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda took the opportunity to cross-examine Leston Mulli, the Managing Director of Mulli Brothers Limited, a key player in the case. Nyirenda sought clarification on whether the liquidator of Shire Bus Lines, Hastings Bofomo Nyirenda, had provided any documents or letters indicating the transfer of ownership for the bus depots or workshops to Mulli Brothers Limited.
Mulli, appearing uncertain, stated that he had no knowledge of such documents but admitted that Nyirenda had personally shown them the assets associated with the former Shire Bus Lines.
The courtroom was abuzz with speculation and intrigue as these revelations unfolded. The bus depots ownership dispute has captivated the nation, raising questions about transparency, due process, and the involvement of key individuals and entities. With each testimony, the puzzle pieces of this contentious case slowly come together, shedding light on the complex web of transactions and legalities surrounding the coveted bus depots.
As the hearing progresses, the High Court remains a battleground for legal arguments and counterarguments. The outcome of this case will undoubtedly have far-reaching implications for both the State and National Bus Company Limited, potentially reshaping the landscape of the transportation industry.
The public eagerly awaits further developments in this gripping courtroom saga as the truth behind the bus depots ownership dispute gradually emerges.