Former Malawi Police Inspector General responsible for criminal investigation, Nelson Bophani has been implicated in the ongoing Mphwiyo Shooting Case which involves former minister of Justice and constitutional affairs Ralph Kasambara as the master-minder of gunshot survivor Paul Montfort Mphwiyo’s statements that so Kasambara and others be named as possible suspects of his shooting.
One of the witness testifying on behalf if first accused person ex Malawi Defence Force officer Macdonald Kumwembe, who is former Publicity Secretary of the ruling People’s Party, Hophmally Makande has made the claim in Lilongwe High Court during cross examination by third accused person Ralph Kasambara .
Makande was testifying in the ongoing case of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.
He told presiding Judge Michael Mtambo that when he met Mphwiyo in police cell in Area 3, he got the sense during the conversation that it was Bophani who masterminded the shooting.
During cross-examination by former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Raphael Kasambara on Tuesday, Makande told the court that Mphwiyo narrated to them how he mentioned Kasambara as one of the suspects who might have conspired to kill him for allegedly forcing him to issue payments to him through some companies.
Makande said Mphwiyo in presence of him (Makande), Ishmael Chiwoko and himself (Mphwiyo) in the cell narrated the whole saga without being asked on his own.
He said he was worried and feeling guilty for “lying against Kasambara” as he was being forced to mention him and lie to courts, police and Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) statements by then Police IG Nelson Bophani who was the leading officer handling the case
According to Makande, Mphwiyo told them that it was Bophani who was dictating to him what to write and who to mention as he was told it was “a directive from above” to nail down Kasambara.
Mphwiyo told them that he was feeling sorry now that he has been used and Bophani is nowhere to protect him as he was told he will be free and will not be arrested and his job would be safe as Budget Director.
According to Makande no one answered the gun-shot survivor as they were just listening to him narrating the whole saga even though he was not asked.
Makande told the court that Mphwiyo was mentioning other names of police officers and senor officials who were behind his statements and offering hope and assurance that he was safe and free from any arrests.
“Mphwiyo was just saying a lot of things and I know that him being shot was Bophani at work,” he said.
However, when Kasambara asked Makande to read out the disclosures in the Mphwiyo affidavit, the court heard that former minister of information Brown Mpinganjira, was threatening Mphwiyo.
Meanwhile, the state has formally told the court that it is objecting an application from the first suspect Macdonald Kumwembe who named ACB Deputy Director General Reyneck Matemba and Sam Kumbweza as some of the people he wants to appear in court and testify on his behalf.
State top prosecutor, Mary Kachale has told the court that her office is going to make submissions in two days time citing reasons why they are objecting to Matemba and Kumbweza to come and appear in court as Kumwembe witnesses.
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 :