Court to summon JB, other high profiled people in Mphwiyo shooting case

High Court in Lilongwe will summon Malawi’s immediate past president Joyce Banda to testify in the shooting of budget director Paul Mphwiyo case including others who have been mentioned during the trial.

Joyce Banda: Court will call her to testify

Joyce Banda: Court will call her to testify

The case is on a stage where former Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara, Pika Manondo and McDonald Kumwembe are defending themselves after the court ruled they have a case to answer on the attempted assassination of Mphwiyo.

Judge Michael Mtambo ruled that the evidence tendered by the state had proved a prima facie case against the accused persons.

Mtambo, however, acquitted three other suspects Oswald Lutepo, Dauka Manondo and Robert Kadzuwa of conspiracy to commit murder charges saying the prosecution team did not present sufficient evidence implicating the accused persons.

The former Malawi leader and founder of People’s Party (PP), is appearing on the list of witnesses who might be called to testify.

Manondo said he would be interested to call Banda as his defence witness.

Lawyer Gift Mwankhwawa, who is representing Manondo, said if Banda will be paraded as witness in court, he would also want to ask her some questions in connection with the sentiments she made at a rally at Lunzu in Blantyre about Mphwiyo’s shooters.

Kasambara is on record telling Lilongwe Magistrate Court that he would want Banda, former State House official Cecilia Kumpukwe (a sister to former president Banda), former Minister of Information Brown Mpinganjira and politician Hophmally Makande (his pal) to testify in court as witness.

Assistant registrar of the High Court, Violet Chipawo,  said the registrar would comply with the court’s order to issue the summons in time for the hearing next week.

“What I can say is that the registrar will comply with the judge’s orders that the witnesses be summoned when court reconvenes,” she said.

Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’, told the court that Brown Mpinganjira, who was a senior government official in Banda administration, warned him that Kasambara and Makande, had given him “ten days to live” unless he honoured certain government payments.

The gun-shot survivor said two bullets hit him in the mandible and another went through his shoulder to his chest. One bullet was removed in a South African hospital but two others – lodged in his spinal column – will remain inside the 39-year-old for the rest of his life.

Mphwiyo said that he was waiting for his guard to open the gate to his house when he saw some people approaching the vehicle in the darkness.

His shooting unravelled ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to K24 billion million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.

Western donor countries and agencies reacted by freezing up to US $150 million in aid for Malawi.

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63 thoughts on “Court to summon JB, other high profiled people in Mphwiyo shooting case”

  1. grey kufa 2 says:

    Mayiyo abwele basi,kwanunkwanu nthengo munalaka njoka,basi kwaalaka adwele tizayamwe basi

  2. I want them to be convicted. They have killed Malawians

  3. kambolama says:

    Guys, please remember that JB was a head of state when she said that she new who shot mphwiyo. She said this based on the intelligence information she received from the NIA. Hence the arrests which took place and the suspects were charged. So her answer to the court will be simple. “The people i was referring to are the ones who have been charged. I got the information from the NIA”. End of story!

  4. Vwapuvwapu says:

    Mwezi ukatha mulandira, ziuchedwesani mulandu. Kkkkkk

  5. Chenkumbi says:

    Uneca, ulibe nzeru. munthu wakufa amayimbidwa mlandu kuti? The issue is mayiwa anatiuza ku Lunzu kuti akunziwa amene anaombera mphwiyo, matepiwotu alipo. Tiyeni tinene zoona.Musamathe za mkamwa ngati umboni mulibe.

  6. peeping lizard says:

    peter nawenso bweza cashgate ya nkulu wako .abiti ntila mwasaukisa malawi bwezani! ndalazomwe mudaba.shame on you guyz

  7. peeping lizard says:

    tikufuna muziwa manga and muzilanda katundu,so far tingibva zoti akuti amangidwa pamulandu wa cash gate komakuti mwalanda chani ziiii.kapena katunduyo mukubaso?

  8. Chibo says:

    Chilungamo chioneke.Malamulo sa ona nkhope.Amayi awo njatani ngati apezeka olakhwa.

  9. Delaying tactics by Ralph and his friends.

  10. Atinthidwe amaba misonkho ya amphawi. Ngati akuba tizamumanga

  11. Koma Kumeneko says:

    DPP ili ndi mbava zoopysa komaso anthu akumpha look ationtchera msika, paja anaotchaso magalimoto a ZODIAK nthawi ijayi ngakhale zodiak nayo kupusa inathandizanawo masankho. Mchiyani kodi amalawi?

  12. Current affairsThe Star says:

    Mr W.Phiri (#33) why did joys Banda not bring the Chasowa killers to book during her tenure of office?

  13. ngongoliwa says:

    JB is a hard heartened person. All these noises about her in Malawi on cash gate, she can not smoke herself out of where she is. This woman cashgated poor Malawians big time.One will come and natural forces will pull you back home to clear yourself in courts on several counts.

  14. Only fools can believe crocks dangerous people are in DPP those are just scapegoat so that people you should focus on JB Njauju is dead who killed him? and why ? Malawian open your eyes you will be fighting an inorncent people leaving killers who at the end will take your lives

    1. Iweyo tikupeza utiuze kuti anafa bwanji! Ife akubanja tikulira mpaka lero ndiye wina aziti fyokofyoko munena

  15. concerned tax payer says:

    Also ask her about the jet money. Where did it go?

  16. Prodigalson says:

    Amayi,zayambika tsopano ndiye milandu ndiyosayamba.

  17. Jasitasi Chilungamo says:

    We all listened on radio and watched on Tv that she knew the people who blew Phwiyos mandible talking on top of her voice.She is not above the law.Let her get grilled at the court like anybody else.Worshipping politicians in Malawians has just brought Malawi down thinking that they can get away with anything.Let her appear at the court and clear her name.

  18. Mayi says:

    Mwamva kuti akubwela jb nde mwayambapo tsopano kuti mumuzunze agalu inu. Nthawi yonseyi samanena kuti akubwela mumalekelanji kupangapo mphamvu kumuyitanisa kuzafunsidwa? Shupit zanu

  19. felixgama says:

    JB amangidwe basi chifulkwa wachita zambiri

  20. UNECA says:

    Apitala muziwopa infa kodi inuyo mungalumbiri kuti simukuba ndalama m’bomamu komatu m’bale wako uja adazisiya ndalama zakuba akudya ndindani?

  21. UNECA says:

    Kodi jb atabwera ndikuphedwa ndi boma la Dpp zizakhala bwanji bcz mfiti iyi yotha mano mkamayi kupha siyimalabada.

  22. Beloved says:

    Being involved in cashgate is like killing the innocent people.ANTHU A MTUNDU WANJI OPANDA UMUNTHU KOMA AYANKHETU CHILUNGAMO CHIWONEKE

  23. Beloved says:

    Abwere kuzapanga testify chilungamo chiwoneke

  24. malaw says:

    Mmmmmm ziko langa ine.

  25. Mafia says:

    Whoever is meant to answer should do so.

  26. Bubu says:

    I think Tanzania should not just takeover the lake. We need someone to colonie us again.

  27. Malawiyano says:

    As a head of state she knew who was behind the shooting of Phwiyo , she had all the information and all these people were arrested by her while serving as a head of state. What do want her to tell the court unless if it was a Malawiyano saying it then it was going to be something else which could bring so many questions than answers not JB during the time the whole government machinery was in her hands.

  28. W. PHIRI says:

    Thanks that the courts are able to bring everyone to courts thesed days. I wonder why those involved in the KILLING OF ROBERT CHASOWA have not been requested to come to the couirts when the evidenvce like the one above are given. Why is it that those mentioned in the MK577 billion report are not the WORRYSOME LOT but this one? Are we following the right TRUCK in this country? Why are we rushing on the Late Njaunji murder case when Late Chasowa and others murdered in this country are FREE? Why are the same courts failing to define “crossing the floor”? Why are some in this country IMMUNED? Is this country run on parallel framework? Are the COURTS “INDEPENDENT”?

  29. if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear
    Come home and defend yourself you coward woman

  30. Tj says:

    Jb has to come because she has been mentioned
    several times.She knows what exactly happened
    for Paul Mphwiyo to be shot.

  31. agronomy says:

    Ndi zomwe tikudikila tonse. Tinamvadi ku msonkhano ku Lunzu ananena.

  32. What about? says:

    A useless president who just wasted our time and money. Ntchito ufiti basi.

  33. musamude says:

    himumutha ameneyo

  34. Chathunya says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkk Ali ndi njila zawo agalu amenewa.

  35. Mwana Mai says:

    I just hope the arm of the law won’t be selective. Al Bashir is wanted by the ICC for inhumanity which apparently is not different from what Joyce Banda did. She too should be sought after not only by Malawian courts but ICC as well, much as her husband is busy window dressing her predicament. If anything what he is doing is like displaying their dirty linen in public for every Jim and Jack to make own conclusions. Send her transport for her to travel to Malawi.

  36. chimzy khonz says:

    nothing will happen to these culprits

  37. Lenad says:

    Kodi akamati witnes it means alindi mulandu? Apapa tikutenga ngati jb andi mulandu koma ayi funso la jb ndiloti akuti kasambala akut ndiwe mboni yake sono mukut bwanj?

  38. Listne to Kasambala. He knows what he is talking. Ceciliais a sister of JB. This is Malawi where leaders point their relatives to positions in the government o steal more. Muluzi had his son, Bingu his brother and APM his close relatives and Lomwe tribe. How can u expect a nation function properly. Not even Obama has given jobs to people who helped him financially. The wife works charity jobs it the same with most Europen wives of leaders. Most of them are educated and have their carriers. The wife of APM is running her business to steal money from people even from NAC. It was the same with Callista, she had foundation, where is it now? Clinton had a foundation, it i still therd helping people. Where do foundaions of African leaders wives go when their husbands are no longer leaders?????. Ndizamanyazi, zaanthu akunda. JB must om back. Egymptian president Mubbalak was taken from hospital bed to go to court.JB can walk.

  39. iyawm says:

    mzimayi wakuba ngati sindinaoneko, anadya zambiri apa alephela kutafuna

  40. Max B says:

    wait and c

  41. Chongolopiyo says:

    Ndiye mumva wina atakhuta ntandaza wake ndikutupidwa amvekere kuti political witch hunting, chonsecho asokoneze umboni ndi nkhani. Awanamize azimayi azimutsatira kukhoti amvekere amai abwera kkk. Ma mafia amenewa. Kwinaku akumagawa ma 500 kwacha, molingana ndi umphawi umene uli ku Malawi kuno wu. Tsopano mulandu wa Kamanya uli pati ndi mapepala amene iye anasiya. Nanga wa mwana wa abale awo uja anapha Linda Gasa uja ndikumukwirira ali ndi mimba uja.

  42. Denguzman says:

    All is nosense, JB has no case to answer. Amai tamangobwerani mtima uli mmalo coz this ur home and why people are interested ndi nkhani yoti JB akapelekere umboni mukhoti instead of pressurising the govt to tell us who murdered Njauju?

  43. jona says:

    Sha end times endeed

  44. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Leave Joyce Banda alone,she said she knew who attempted to kill Mpwiyo as Head of State,meaning through Malawi Police,Malawi Defence Force she will know who wanted to kill Mpwiyo after investigations,not what the Manandos are talking about thats mispresentation of facts to suit them.

  45. Kodi mayi mmayesa amakonda kumapita kwa mapulofiti ndiye amakawauzako chani? Ndipo paja likakhalatsoka amakupepherera kuti lithe, mulungu wa habala kkkkkk! Sindinaonepo mtsogoleri wafziko wokonda mapulofite ngati mayi iwe. Pano munyamuka pokhapokha ngati mwatenga asylum chifukwa kuno tsopano sizoteteza a Bushir pano ndi mphamvu Ku court kuno kapena meina mupita kwinano. Polira udido mumaoneka ngati ka gaye maliro Ali nyumba mayi iwe. Malipirodi atchito zako. Woipa athawa yekha. Kayankheni mulandu iyithe mwina amalawi tiyambe kuthandizidwa tikuvutika. Kuchedweko kupangitsa kuti a Malawi tikhaule kwambiri ndi mtima wanu woipawo osadziwa kuti ndipamene okuonjeza mkwiyo wa Mulungu. Ine ndiribe chipani koma layankhani timudziwe Ife.

  46. drogba says:

    inu mukuchita kumuuza khwangwalayi kuti muzamufuna mkhoti ndiye you are expecting her to come here in Malawi?? she will not come, mantha amakhala ndi bakha ameneyu kkkkkk

  47. sokonombwe says:

    Manondo and Lawyer Gift Mwakhwawa do not dare to lose the case when Joice Banda said openly that she knew the shooter of Mphwiyo. This is a clear case to even untrained legal practitioner. She said it. She has to mention the one who shot Mphwiyo in court of Malawi.
    For Manondo stand film and cry for JB to mention the shooter.

  48. sibweni says:

    I am happy as the main actor is now joining the film. that will be the climax of the film. Madam just come down and surrender yourself. Other wise October is too far.Interpol will be on you soon soon.

  49. chinkombaleza gumanyundo gowa says:

    Ndawona ma president akuima mu khota ngati pali nkhani zoyenera kuyankha. Kukhala mboni sikuba.Ngati salola zimenezi iyeyu ndiwoposa Bakili? Ananena yekha kuti akuzidziwa. Komanso pa milandu ina monga yotulutsa ndalama Zambiri ku Banki a Chka munena zowona kuti Sakuzidziwa okhala wa nkulu wa banki? Chilungamo chikufunika.

  50. Maximum Prison says:

    Ndiye wina aziti ayi witch hunting woyimbidwa milandutu anena apa kuti JB abwere akhale mboni! Pipipi yanyamuka ” Amayi ndi abambo ine ndikudziwa amene awombera Bambo Mphwiyo” ” Bambo mphwiyo awomberedwa chifukwa cholimbana ndi umbanda umene wakula mbomamu. Ndiye anthu poona zimenezo sanasangalalre nazo ndiye chifukwa bamboo Mphwiyo awomberedwa” Pipipiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Yanyamuka!

  51. makito says:

    Well Joyce Banda is not a god, she can be summoned to testify. She will only strengthen the case of the defense as she wont be able to prove anything. And for those who really want her pinned down, unfortunately this act alone will not convict her. So both sides get over it and do something useful and productive.

  52. Kavuluvulu says:

    JB should be the key defence witness in this case.

  53. The Most Concerned says:

    Kunena kwa ndithendithe Manondo anamva nawo! Kkkkk

  54. Truck says:


  55. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    This time, this website has done right by not editorializing and indirectly defending some of the people, a priori. Good, and nonpartisan reporting there, Wanga Gwede.
    It would not be surprising if, in view of the court wanting to call the former president as a witness, she changes her plans of returning home soon. The court is independent; and nobody in their right mind should think there is government influence here.
    And Joisi Banda cannot deny as just political rhetoric, her comments in the public domain that she knows who shot Mr Phwiyo. This is serious business. And a lesson to other politicians to be more sophisticated in what they say, and NOT to just mouth off.

  56. Mzungumbuli says:

    Nchito zawo zitsatana nawo, Ngakhale Baibulo limati tidzaweluzidwa molingana ndi nchito zathu

  57. nyapapi says:

    Please courts in Malawi help Manondo because every malawian heard what madam JB was saying, that she knows who attempted to kill Mphwiyo.JB was not joking. JB was not drank. JB was not pressed hard by force.JB was talking as the first citizen who was sure of what she was talking. JB did not correct her comments if they were said out of emotion until Malawians started saying bla bla bla.

  58. Pimbisa Ambwiye says:

    Shaaaa! Haabwerako ku Joni mayi wamantha uyu!

  59. Boyd Kilembey says:

    This is a good development to call JB to be a witness…

  60. Hendrix says:

    Thats good enough mumpabenso JB abweze naye ndaramazo plz chifukwa she knows the whole dramma

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