DPP says enough evidence for case to answer in Mphwiyo shooting

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale has submitted to High Court that the State has presented enough evidence for a prima facie case for the court to find the accused persons in Paul Mphwiyo shooting trial with a case to answer.

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza: State has dealt with mafia-like suspects and defence is 'confused'

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza: State has dealt with mafia-like suspects and defence is ‘confused’

Kachale, who is on record during the trial accusing the defence of applying “mafia-like operations”, made her final submissions on Monday in the case where former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara and four others are accused of attempting to murder former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

She argued that the defence had attempted to divert the attention of the court away from the legal principle governing the stage of the trial, describing the viewpoints of the defence as “confused”.

Kachale further addressed defence attempts to discredit Mphwiyo’s implication of Kasambara after a long delay to mention the former minister as a suspect, saying it was only “natural that he was fearful of Kasambara and still is today.”

Kasambara, who is representing himself, is being charged alongside the Manondo brothers—Pika and Dauka—James Kumwembe and Robert Kadzuwa.

The top prosecutor submitted that throughout the entire trial, the State has presented enough evidence to arguably make out a prima facie case .

Earlier, lawyers for Oswald Lutepo, one of the accused persons, whose charges are now to be formally discharged, asked the court to properly dismiss the case by acquitting Lutepo.

Lutepo’s lawyer, Oswald Mtupila, said the move to acquit the suspect instead of just dismissing the case will enable his client to sue for a compensation for unlawful arrest.

High Court judge Michael Mtambo will this Wednesday decide whether the suspects have a case to answer.

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Andale musamatitengere kuntoso ngati nyama ya njoka.

Mukapsya Muwona

Lets just leave the case and do other things chifukwa palibe chilungamo apa. Why mention that Lutepo should proceed to accusse those who brought him to court for compesation while he is already playing with our money as enough evidence of his involvement in the scandal. He even told the nation through Zodiac that he has stolen all our money. Mukapsya muwona musayense mizimu ya anthu osauka zitsiru

What about?

In Kamuzu’s era. this case could have been solved by traditionla leaders and Ralph and Co would have been netted by now!

Kape Ntata

Kasambara ndi anzake ndi akupha ndi akuba , ayenera kukaphedwa basi

Dala lanu

Mufune musafune mawa awa akayilawa ndende,kundende kusakhale osauka okhaokha ayi mulungu amadana ndi boza .



Think Tank

Mary Kachale found an already botched up case through the chief police investigator. Remember the dramas he was making through Manando and others to implicate Ralph Kasambara with conditions? He forgot the investigations ethics and towed a political witch-hunt. This played right into the hands of tha accused.


This DPP is relying too much on make belief assumptions. I can foresee this case falling off because the woman does not seem to have straight forward direction, she has been relying too much on unconvincing hearsays and speculations. She is believing too much on fantasy and dreaming and heavy black and white.

jean jella

Please fire this incompetent dpp.
She has let the nation down.
Case will be lost due to her incompetence. Failed to address mundane straight forward matters and was so out of depth.
Relying on contradictory witnesses and just playing to the gaallery


osawasiya.nyera mkuleke.

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