Kasambara says Malawi gov’t has no ‘valid’ case against him

Former Malawi Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara who was arrested on Friday in connection with the shooting of budget director Paul Mphwiyo said Monday  government has no case against him and told journalists who were taking his pictures to tag him on Facebook.

Speaking to Nyasa Times outside the court soon after his case was committed to the High Court, Kasambara said his arrest is just aiming at detaining him.

“The state has no valid case against, they are just keeping me in custody. This case will not get anywhere,” said Kasambara who told Lilongwe Magistrate Court that he would want the country’s President Joyce Banda to testify in court as witness.

“Would you please make as many copies of these pictures and share with me. Or else you can just tag me on Facebook,” said Kasambara who is also a legal advisor of the People’s Party (PP).

Kasambara: Coming out of court belives its all charade

At the hearing which started exactly at 11:30am and ended at 11:54am, soon after Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa read the charge of Kasambara could neither plead guilty nor not guilty.

“You Lordship, I have objections to the jurisidiction of this court that’s why I have chosen to be mute. So let’s continue to the next stage please,” said Kasambara who was clad in a black suit, orange necktie and a People’s Party badge.

Kasambara and another suspect Pika Manondo were formally charged with attempted murder and Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa committed the matter to the High Court.

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