Kasambara struck off Malawi lawyers list: Convicted ex-justice minister didn’t renew membership

Convicted lawyer Raphael Kasambara is missing on the list of Malawi Law Society (MLS) licensed legal practitioners but his close associates have brushed off claims that his not being included on the list is because of his conviction, saying he did not apply for membership renewal.

Kasambara: Jailed lawyers did not renew membership

Kasambara: Jailed lawyers did not renew membership

The former Justice Minister is not among the 377 licensed lawyers as at August 31, 2016.

Kasambara’s associate, a legal practitioner who refused to be named, said “it is nothing to do with his arrest and subsequent conviction and imprisonment.”

According to the associate “even if it were that conviction automatically translated to ‘disbarment’ he [Kasambara] would have been accepted as he was still innocent when the licensing process was being done.”

He said qualification to obtain a license are that one should be admitted to the bar, and that they must have paid subscription fee to MLS.

Kasambara is a convicted criminal by “miscarriage of justice” as he claimed, who, as a lawyer, served as the Minister of Justice and Attorney General since April 2012.

On August 30 2016, he was given a 13 year jail term for conspiracy to murder Paul Mphwiyo – a former budget director – in a crime believed to be linked to a multi-million dollar corruption ring popularly known as cashgate.

He is appealing both the conviction and sentence at the Supreme Court of Malawi.

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8 thoughts on “Kasambara struck off Malawi lawyers list: Convicted ex-justice minister didn’t renew membership”

  1. Charlie Hebdo says:

    Cassa is Portuguese for …’house of’… mbara is chichewa for… ‘thief’. So Cassa mbara is…. house of thief. Ofcourse in this case Kasambara is not locked up for theft, but for something different!

  2. Dodolido says:

    But this Rough Kasambara dude ali ndi anamalira ambiri eish!!!!!!

  3. Jjamali says:

    Its my wish to see him out and be part of us again. Kasambala is more interactive when approached than others. Enawa matama heavy.

  4. C Banda says:

    “(Kasambala) is appealing both the conviction and sentence at the Supreme Court of Malawi.”

    Has he formally started the appeal process, or is he and the media just talking about his appealing?

  5. ujeni says:

    kasambara will walk out free one day,

  6. Hoba says:

    Kasambara anatha.Ine chibwenzi chake ndikudandaula makobiri ashuza.

  7. “Miscarriage of justice” poti ndiwe? ena onse alowa chifukwa chakubawa ndi agalu? Iwona ikadali milandu, nanga ya K50 million ija?

  8. connexions says:

    Kasambara has the time and is now studying very advanced juris books in prison. Though not practicing, he will be consulted by legal minds for learned and well informed opinions. Omwa tea azamwanso

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