High Court Judge Michael Mtambo on Thursday moved his court to Area 43 in Lilongwe the residence of former Malawi Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo where it started hearing testimony from a security guard who said he heard three gun shots but did not see any of the suspects.
Former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, Dauka Manondo, Pika Manondo, Macdonald Kumwembe and Robert Kadzuwa are accused of attempted murder of Mphwiyo. They have pleaded not guilty to the two counts of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder..
Mphwiyo’s guard CharlesSingano told the could hat he heard his boss arrive at the gate and proceeded to go open for him, but after peeping through a window of the guardhouse to make sure it was him.
Singano testified that he saw a man with his face shielded on the driver’s side of Mphwiyo’s vehicle then heard one gunshot and then two more as his boss crashed the gate to enter the partially opened gate.
The guard said Mphwiyo “drove into the gate then got out of the car bleeding badly and walked into the house.” He said “a short while later, he walked out with his wife and child, and I helped to put him into the vehicle to go to the hospital.”
There were no closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras around Mphwiyo’s compound before the incident of the shooting, but they were installed afterwards , the guard informed the court.
Singano also disputed to have stamped his thumb print on a statement he submitted to the police when one bearing a thumb print was tendered in court.
The shooting of Mphwiyo in September 13, 2013 opened a Pandora box of the massive looting of public resources dubbed “cashgate.”
In a sworn affidavit seen by Nyasa Times, Mphwiyo who was shot as he drove into his Area 43 home in Lilongwe— said he was receiving death threats prior to his fate.
Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo, who is one of the eight prosecution witnesses,is currently receiving treatment s in South Africa .
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