Bail restored for Kasambara, Kumwembe: Judge Mtambo issue gag order

High Court judge Micheal Mtambo has given a restoration of bail to former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Raphael Kasambara and former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier Macdonald Kumwembe after being remanded in prison for five and four months, respectively.

Kasambara  after being released on bail

Kasambara after being released on bail

Happy to have you back from prison, Kasambara being greeted by in-law

Happy to have you back from prison, Kasambara being greeted by in-law

Will be home for Valentine - Kasambara freed on bail

Will be home for Valentine – Kasambara freed on bail

Kasambara, Kumwembe and businessperson Pika Manondo are defending themselves in case of the near fatal shooting of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013.

Their bail conditions were revoked by Mtambo on September 23, 2015 over what he claimed was an infringement on his private space by allegedly accessing his private information.

Mtambo said since the State prosecutors have finished parading their witnesses in the case, the defendants will not interfere with them and it was only justified to grant them bail.

“This court finds that it is appropriate that the accused’s bail be restored to its original status and that bail conditions will remain the same as when the ruling was being made of its revocation, ” he said.

The Judge however issued a gag order preventing them from speaking publicly about the case.

“The additional conditions are that the accused should not grant interviews to media and should also display interest to see the case continued earnestly and concluded in good time,” said Judge Mtambo.

The first accused Kumwembe saw his bail revoked following his application for the recusal of the judge after his ruling found him with a case to answer. The application revealed some details about the judge’s movements.

Kasambara’s bail was revoked on grounds that he was not showing interest to have the case concluded in time through applications for the judge to recuse himself.

The application to have their bail reinstalled was opposed by the State which argued that there were still threats to the judge.

Justice Mtambo underlined that the overriding matter was to have the case “case concluded in good time without any delays.”

He said: “This court is not concerned over the judge’s security matter because the issue of security is always in God’s hands.”

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale said  she did not have problems with the decision of the court, saying the case “has progressed so well”  that is is going towards the final conclusion.

“They can go so that they can start preparing for their defence outside,” said  Kachale.

So far the pendulum of justice in the case seems to favour Kasambara as he has been exonerated by almost every witness from conspiracy to shoot the former budget director.

Mphwiyo was shot outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013, a shooting which is believed to have exposed the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill that came to be known as Cashgate.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From Nyasatimes

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted
Tamanda Banda
Guest
Tamanda Banda
7 months 13 days ago

welcom back

Nilibe polobulemu
Guest
Nilibe polobulemu
7 months 14 days ago

Welcome back Ralph. Palibe amene samalakwitsa. Tonse timalakwa only that you are now being tried against the Law of the Land. There are many out here that have also done wrong things only that the Law did not catch up with them. May God’s grace be upon you and may you be acquitted. Lessons learnt RK ! All the best!

Austin
Guest
Austin
7 months 14 days ago

Welcome back Ralph

smart
Guest
smart
7 months 14 days ago

ndithu ndithu ulube mulandu.ofunika a jb anene bwino ndi mzawo phwiyo and bomphani.

thinktankmalawi
Guest
thinktankmalawi
7 months 14 days ago

Tnis guy is a criminal…stop idolize him….he is nasty guy with stinking character…he is a mafia..

judah
Guest
7 months 14 days ago

end of the case mafia type of game

Truck
Guest
Truck
7 months 14 days ago

WE LEARN THROUGH MISTAKES KASAMBARA WATCH OUT THERE IS MANY EVIL FRIENDS AROUND YOU.BUT THATS LIFE EH!

kate
Guest
kate
7 months 14 days ago

I like Ralph Kasambara. This guy is very shrewed. Kasambara = Kalulu the hare. Mwana wakukaya. WELCOME BACK TO THE WORLD1 mulibe mulandu Ada Bwana.

ricj jay
Guest
7 months 14 days ago

those are the big
jaws of the society even the government is afraid if them

Mlowe boy
Guest
Mlowe boy
7 months 14 days ago

Welcome ada Kasambala. Wanthu adana nanu yawa . Ndi vigumbule venivyo

wpDiscuz