Lilongwe: Police on Friday arrested and charged former Justice Minister, Ralph Kasambara, in connection to the shooting of the Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo.
Kasambara, who appeared for a court hearing on Monday in Lilongwe told journalists outside the court that government ‘has no case’ against him. In a surprising twist to the case, the former minister mentioned Peoples Party publicist Hophmaly Makande and President Joyce Banda as some of the witnesses to testify in his case.
Mr. Makande has since refused to appear in court citing he has no knowledge of anything pertaining to the case, while the State Press Office is yet to respond on the matter.
However, Information Minister Brown Mpinganjira, who is also mentioned on the list has told Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) that he is ready to testify.
“I am very surprised [to be mentioned], but if the court wants me, I will be glad to testify. It will be my pleasure,” said Mpinganjira.
Another suspect in the murder case is Pika Manondo, who is considered as the shooter. Manondo has denied the allegation through a signed affidavit.
Meanwhile Mr. Mphwiyo is still in South Africa receiving treatment for gunshot wounds sustained after an attempt on his life earlier in September. The shooting of Mphwiyo is said to be the genesis of series of high profile arrests following shocking revelations of gross corruption and plunder of funds by public officers and other unscrupulous businesspersons.
Kasambara’s case has been committed to the High Court by Chief Resident Magistrate, Ruth Chinangwa.