The High Court in Lilongwe has allowed former justice minister Ralph Kasambara – accused of conspiring to murder former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo – to travel to South Africa to undergo a medical treatment after reinstating his bail conditions.
Justice Micheal Mtambo ordered that lawyer Kasambara should travel on February 23 and return by February 29, 2016.
Meanwhile, the High Court has adjourned the Mphwiyo shooting case to 21 up to 23 March 2016.
Mtambo said the state prosecution team is expected to finish its cross examination with the second accused person Pika Manondo.
Director of Public Prosecution, Mary Kachale disclosed that private practicing lawyer Enoch Chibwana, who is part of state prosecution team, will cross examine Manondo on issues to do with the scene of a crime.
Justice Mtambo has since repeatedly asked the state to always be in time and ensure speedy trial, saying the matter must be concluded in time and avoid wasting court’s time with irrelevant issues and questions which has nothing to do with the shooting of Mphwiyo.
Mphwiyo was shot outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe when he was budget director in the Ministry of Finance. His shooting has made some sections of society suspect it was linked to the subsequent discovery of the missing of K24 billion ($53.3 million) from the public coffers at Capital Hill between April and September 2013 as established by British forensic auditors, Baker Tilly.
The gun-shot survivor is also facing charges of theft and money laundering K2.1 billion ($4.7 million).