Kasambara’s house searched in connection to Mphwiyo’s shooting

Malawi police in the capital Lilongwe on Friday stormed ex-Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara’s house in Area 10 where they searched the house in connection to the shooting of budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo.

Nyasa Times has learnt that the police checked cars, generators and other property in the house.

Police arrested Kasambara’s houseboy for taking pictures as they conducted their search. The houseboy is currently in custody at Area 18 police.

Police investigations have suggested that Pika Manondo – who is thought to have shot Mphwiyo – used one of Kasambara’s vehicles during the day of shooting.

Kasambara: We will see

Kasambara was not at the house as he is presently believed to be in Mzuzu.

But he expressed knowledge of his house being searched but refused to comment further on the matter.

“I can’t comment now,” said Kasambara. “But I will at the appropriate time. We’ll see.”

Deputy national spokesperson for police Kelvin Maigwa while confirming the search could not disclose other details including the plate number of the car they are looking for.

“That’s not for the public to know,” said Maigwa.

He also could not say whether they were on the look-out for Kasambara.

“No, we were not looking for Kasambara,” he said.

He added: “We only went to search his house.”

The budget director was gruesomely shot thrice as he entered his Area 43 residence about two months ago.

Mphwiyo – who allegedly had a tough stance on financial malpractices at the Ministry of Finance – is still in South Africa where he is said to be recovering.

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