I can’t die for Kasambara, only Jesus died for our sins – Manondo

Second accused person in the ongoing shooting case of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo, Pika Manondo has told the court that he did not tell cashgate prisoner Oswald Lutepo that he was prepared  to die for third accused person former justice minister Ralph Kasambara.

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Manondo, who was responding to a question from Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale, rejected claims by Lutepo that he denied to implicate Kasambara because he said he was ready to die to save him as a good friend.

He rebutted the statement as a fabrication by Lutepo, stating no person is worth dying for save Jesus Christ who died for us all to pay for human sins.

“I put it to you that you refuse to implicate the third accused [Kasambara because you were ready to die for as you reportedly told Mr Lutepo,” Kachale quizzed Manondo.

In response, Manondo said: “My lord that’s t a lie, I can’t die for Mr Kasambara, infact no one died for his friend save Jesus Christ who died for us all.”

Manondo also told the court that no one knows Lutepo much better than him, hinting that he is not credible and indeed a hostile witness.

He said it is sad that the State trust  Lutepo and is their  witness in some cases when he is not someone they can rely on as keep changing statements based on circumstances at that time.

Manondo, who most of time could be seen laughing during cross examination, also told the state never to trust Mphwiyo as he is also unreliable witness.

“I’m surprised that up to date you still trust Paul (Mphwiyo). Let me warn you here that if you still trust him, one day you shall wake up with crosses on your faces,” he told the court

When he was asked to repeat the statement and explain what he meant by that, Manondo repeated and told the court that he knows the gun-shot survivor very well and that as he was forced to make his statement in affidavits deposited to court and if he is asked to do the same in court, they will be shocked as he will refuse some of the facts he said.

Tempers also flared when Kachale asked Manondo if he was afraid to implicate Kasambara as he was afraid of him being the Attorney General and Minister of Justice at that time.

Before Manondo responded, Kasambara stood up and raised an objection, saying the DPP was wrong as o the time she was referring to he was not Attorney General of the country but only the minister and Anthony Kamanga was the Attorney General.

He also schooled Kachale to stop pointing fingers at him when speaking or referring a question relating to him  as that is not allowed in court and every learned lawyer was taught that in school, saying if she has forgotten then he was prepared  to borrow her the book for her refresher.

But Kachale though she refused to have directly meant pointed at him, apologised and acknowledged to the court that indeed she learned that and told the court that that the senior counsel (Kasambara) was also his university lecturer in law.

The case continues for defence with the state set to finish its cross examination on events surrounding 13th September, 2013 shooting  before Manondo witnesses start to testify in court.

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kamps
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kamps
7 months 11 days ago

ladies are failuries so Mary Kchale & Joice Banda kkkkkkk

mbembe
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mbembe
7 months 11 days ago

tight them all ,pamenepo palibe wachilungamo ,utsi siwusunkha popanda moto.

Alungwana
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Alungwana
7 months 12 days ago

This is very interesting. Kachale in a great temptation!

VYOTO
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VYOTO
7 months 12 days ago

I WONDER IF THE LAW PROFESSOR, PETER MUTHALIKA COULD HAVE DONE BETTER IF HE WAS IN THE SHOES OF DPP MARY KACHALE IN THIS CASE. IN MY VIEW THE THINKING OF MARY KACHALE MIRRORS THAT OF HER APPOINTING AUTHORITY.WHAT A TOTAL WASTE OF TIME AND OUR TAX MONEY?

misuku hills
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misuku hills
7 months 12 days ago

arrest all of them. kasambara, manondo, mphwiyo plus all those who ate all hard earned money. we don t need them in the society

Suspect zero37
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7 months 12 days ago

Kkkkkkkkkk i can’t die for mr kasambala only jesus die for our sins ana oipa awa masawakhulupirire!

patrick M'manga
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7 months 12 days ago

But when will these cashgate cases come to the end? I can for see only pipo omwe anatenga zochepa akumangidwa while ring leaders still akutionongelabe money indirect bcz macase akalowa court I don’t see light future. Gov tithandizeni, PLIZ!!!!!

Mbereka
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Mbereka
7 months 12 days ago

If this was soccer, Kasambala would be leading by several goals to nil

Prof. Adeyebeye Kumno
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Prof. Adeyebeye Kumno
7 months 12 days ago

The DPP shows ignorance of what she is supposed to do. The state is likely to lose this case because the state counsel is not conversant with Malawian laws and practice. I pity poor Malawians that they will deep heavily in their empty pockets because of engaging poor schooled legal counsel. My thirty years experience in teaching and practising law in UK and other countries has taught me that if the prosecuting team is ill-prepared, the government is likely pay heavily through compensation and paying undeserving lawyers like madam Kachale. I pity you Malawians

kkilembe
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kkilembe
7 months 12 days ago

Only in Malawi where thieves smile instead of beiung contrite. Malawi is a failed state.

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