11 November 2013

Malawi: Kasambara, Manondo Charged With Attempted Murder

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Lilongwe — Former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ralph Kasambara on Monday appeared before the Lilongwe Senior Resident Magistrate Court on a murder case contrary to section 293 of the penal code.

The court heard that Kasambara is one of the two key suspects arrested in connection with the shooting of the Budget Director, Paul Phwiyo, an incident which took place on 13th September, 2013 outside Mphwiyo's house in Area 43 in Lilongwe.

However, the court proceedings ensued with drama as the defendant ( Kasambara) refused to respond to some questions and he named top Government officials including President Dr Joyce Banda as some of his witnesses in the case.

"I would like to give a list of my witnesses who will testify in this court according to section 291 Penal Code," said Kasambara.

He told the court that the list of witnesses include President Dr. Joyce Banda, Minister of Information and Civic Education Brown Mpinganjira, Peoples Party (PP) Publicity Secretary Hophmally Makande, Prophet Elias from Machinjiri and Cecilia Kumpukwe.

Kasambara refused to identify the Traditional Authority of the area where he comes from, but he dominated the court proceedings by arguing that he had the liberty to stay mum or otherwise.

"I don't know the Traditional Authority of my area but I am a permanent resident of Nyambadwe," he said.

Kasambara's lawyers, Emmanuel Theu and George Mwale, could not give a comment on the matter after the press asked them on the next step they were to take, outside the court room.

Manondo who appeared to be in a jovial mood before and after the hearing was also formerly charged with attempted murder on Mphwiyo.

Kasambara and Manondo are still under police custody and they will appear before the High Court soon.

Hearing and conducting the case, Senior Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa told the court that the case was going to be referred to the High court for further proceedings.

Kasambara was arrested on Friday, November 8, 2013; whereas Manondo handed himself to Police on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

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