Kasambara body guard seeks compensation for false imprisonment: Sues Malawi ex top prosecutor

Kelson Gani who was arrested in connection to the shooting of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo is taking legal action against the former Director of Public Prosecution Bruno Kalemba for false imprisonment, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Kalemba: Dragged to court by Gani

Kalemba: Dragged to court by Gani

At the time of arrest in 2013 Gani was serving as a Police Officer of the rank of Sergeant and based at VIP Section at Police Headquarters in Lilongwe and assigned as a bodyguard to the former Minister of Justice, Kasambara until minister’s dismissal from cabinet October, 2013.

According to the High Court documents Gani was arrested on November 10 whilst on duty and in Police uniform by fellow Police Officers led by Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chima on allegations that he had attempted to kill Paul Mphwiyo and was thrown into Police cell at Lingadzi Police Station.

“The said arrest of [Gani] by the said Police officers was wrongful, unlawful and malicious as it was not based on any suspicion but a ploy to seek the cooperation of [Gani] to falsely implicate the said Raphael Kasambara, SC on allegations that the latter had attempted to shoot Paul Mphwiyo,” reads the court document.

Gani was denied bail and remained detained at Maula Maximum Prison until the 14th December, 2013 when he was released following the filing of Notice of Discontinuance by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

“The Plaintiff (Gani) incurred the sum of K1, 250,000.00 being the legal fees to lawyers to process his bail and defense in the Court. During the period the Plaintiff was detained at Maula Prison, his Lawyers attempted to apply to the High Court for bail but the Defendant acting as Director of Public Prosecutions vigorously and maliciously opposed bail when he knew that he had no probable or reasonable evidence against the Plaintif,” reads the court document.

Ganis’ lawyer Kasambara says his client claim damages for false imprisonment on the footing of aggravated and exemplary damages; Damages for malicious prosecution on the footing of aggravated and exemplary damages; The sum of K1, 250,000.00 as special damages being legal fees incurred in defending the matter, and General damages for the tort of misfeasance in public office on the footing of aggravated and exemplary damages and costs of this action.

According to a sworn affidavit by Gani, detectives Makwinja, Chilinda and Chaima threatened Gani to lie that he had lent his gun to Kasambara which they allege was used in the shooting of Mphwiyo.

Gani was arrested on or about November 10, 2013, immediately after the arrest of Kasambara on November 8, 2013 and Pika Manondo, Mphwiyo’s best friend, who handed himself to police a day earlier.

Police had placed Manondo, who was then outside the country, on interpol’s wanted list in connection with the shooting of Mphwiyo, who was shot at the entrance of is gate on the night of 13th September 2013.

Police also unsuccessfully attempted to coerce Manondo to implicate Kasambara.

Manondo is on record saying he will reveal how certain influential people managed to abuse the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) to siphon billions of kwacha from government coffers.

Kasambara, one of the country’s prominent lawyers and a senior counsel (SC),Pika and his brother Dauka Manondo are being prosecuted for attempting to murder Mphwiyo which the deny the charges.

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19 thoughts on “Kasambara body guard seeks compensation for false imprisonment: Sues Malawi ex top prosecutor”

  1. Proff. Ngangabulawayo says:

    bull shit, fucking…

  2. Nkalapwaga says:

    Yakuona moya munduju jwangali nsimu.

  3. chims says:

    that’s the work of one Raphael kasa Mbala.

  4. BECHI says:

    No truth in the whole story I suppose Gani and Kasambala knows what they want to achieve by the end of the day. RK should be stopped from changing faces, how can the accused person with so many cases represent his guard in court.

  5. Bwampini Kalemba says:

    A Kalemba, a Bophani, a Mpinganjira a Fahadi Assani ndi ena otero, basi zikatere ndiye kuti mwaluza mlandu, munangotipusitsira amayi wathu.

  6. Yankees says:

    Kasmbala your days are counted (numbered) u could have stuck on your court cases but not playing seek and hide Games, umangiwatu iwe Dziko lidzakudziwa tayembekeza Munyane.

  7. Evidence says:


  8. Moya says:

    If malawi law society can’t act on this issue of a suspect still given a chance to practice then let chief justice step in and call a sped a sped. Ralph needs to clear his name first and continue practicing later. This is absolutely professional nonsense. He is involved in serious cases. We all know be won’t starve but save reputation of the legal industry.

  9. Mtchona wopanda mano says:

    You want to tell us that this Sergeant Gani was able to raise MK1,200,00 as legal fees. Or his lawyer thinks they can make some easy money here!

  10. CONGO MAFIA says:

    Chizungu chimakuvutani inu a malawi. It is clearly stipulated that 1, 250,0000 is special damages being lega fees incurred in defending the matter. On top of that he will claim general damages for the tort of misfeasance in public office, etc…. The compensation is likely to rise exhorbitantly.

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  11. mjiba says:

    This is fabrication of evidence, a Police constable entering into an agreement with a law firm belonging to an accused person in his own case to defend him. fukcc!! get to the bottom of this and skin these idiots. perjury!!! kodi ku malawi kulibe ma guidance on charging for legal representation and rules for appearing before court??? I am getting sick with this RK who is an accused person in a serious matter, who is changing places in the court from the dock as an accused person to counsel for defendants advising the court, are we this dumb that there are no legal provisions to stop this kind of nonsense? it is like a judge presiding on a corruption case, and later on in the same court answering a case of theft by servant. This is gross abuse of the presumption of innocence. MLS wake up, we know that RK was your lecturer but this stinks micarriage of justice in Malawi. Do we let one rotten SC to bring down the repute of the law?????

  12. Namacherenga says:

    I hesitate to call the MLS a collection of bad apples, but they sure are. How can they let Kasambara abuse the courts like that. This is sickening to say the least.

  13. mdala says:

    Fazi mukubadi eti,mpaka kumadelera mita.


  15. APM says:

    This is just a ploy to divert attention from the Mphwiyo case. Where was he when the incident happened? Was he not supposed to be with his boss/lawyer all the time? He should be the best person to tell the nation about the movement of his boss/lawyer on the day Mphwiyo was shot.

  16. Patriot says:

    Kodi awanso ngachitsiru eti?
    1.2 million ndi chaninso masiku ano?
    Raise ka ndalamako to K20 million, muwina mlanduwo.
    K1.2 million siingagule olo ka njinga ka moto akupangira geni ku Lilongweku.

  17. chefourpence says:

    where did a policeman like him get K1.2m? Kuba basi?

  18. Johnson says:

    Kasambara man

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