Kumwembe wants Matemba as witness: Mphwiyo shooting case

The first accused in the Paul Mphwiyo shooting case, MacDonald Kumwembe, has asked  three top government officials including deputy director of Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB), Reyneck Matemba  to testfy as his witnesses.

Matemba: Named as Kumwembe witness

Matemba: Named as Kumwembe witness

Kumwembe also wants as witnesses former Secretary to Treasury during the time Mphwiyo was Budget Director, Newby Kumwembe.

He has also lined up former police body guard to then minister of justice and constitutional affairs Ralph Kasambara – who is the third accused in the shooting case – a Mr Gani now stationed in Mchinji  and driver, a Mr Chimwaza and paralegal officer at Ministry of Justice Samuel Kumbweza should testify

Also asked to testify is former Senior State Advocate Dr Zolompi Nkowani who is now in private practice.

Kumwembe told Lilongwe High Court on Monday that he has added the four as some of his witnesses  to be paraded in the court to testify and answer some questions  that would help his defence.

Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale has indicated that the State will object to other names who are appearing on the list  of witnesses .

She said Matemba and Kumbweza cannot testify because they are officers of the court who have been involved in the on-going case.

Presiding judge Michael Mtambo was yet to make a decision on the matter.

Kumwembe is answering two charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to murder former budget director Paul Mphwiyo together with second accused Pika Manondo and former Justice and Constitutional affairs minister Raphael Kasambara is answering conspiracy to commit murder charge.

Testifying on Monday, former Peoples Party (PP) spokesman Hophmally Makande told the court Mphwiyo was close to some suspects like Pika Manondo, describing the them as “very good friends.”

He said at some point Mphwiyo was kept at Pika’s elder brother, Dauka in Zomba.

Mphwiyo was shot outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013, a shooting which is believed to have exposed the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill that came to be known as Cashgate.

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18 thoughts on “Kumwembe wants Matemba as witness: Mphwiyo shooting case”

  1. more $ says:

    Kikikiki. Komadi munthu ameneyu khala ngati wapfoila eti? zonsezi ndi uyu anapanga pact ndi satanayu akumutuma kumwembeyu. apapa dzakumana born again ndi uyuyu uyu. light will defeat darkness.

  2. mpopoma says:

    Ku mwembe is gonna win the case. The state has no evidence on mphwiyo shooting case. Conspiracy to murder kikikikiki. Nzeru palibe. Unless the judge has no nzeru or is jealousy of the two people. Go on Ku mwembe

  3. Dya Mani says:

    Kumwembe is a pawn for Ralph! Ralph is the one pulling the strings behind Kumwembe, the testimony these people Kumwembe are calling is merely aimed at pointing out that the conspirators to murder had no valid reason to do so.

    Typical is testimony by Jumbe where he said Budget Director has no authority to authorise payments.

  4. mercy Nyirongo says:

    What we know ACB,DPP and Police are doing joint prosecution to the cashgate and the murder of Mphwiyo and themselves cannot be witness to murder suspects Kumwembe this is the work of Ralph Kasambala to confuse the Mary kachali te with these delay tactics to the case but sadly Judge Mtambo knows all the tricks Kumwembe will left alone Ralph is fighting for his survival

  5. jason chimwala says:

    Kumwembe know what he is doing. They want matemba. To explain if he. Was in cashgate…remember lutepo and kalonga akumukana munthuyu

  6. Wakwa Ngolowera ine says:

    kumwembe wapenga and afera komweko sitizamuonaso

  7. 2016 welcome says:

    Tsopanotu iwe Kumwembe tikakuona tidzikuthawa. Ukungotchula aliyense. Kenako timva kuti ukufuna Archibishop Tarsizio Ziyaye kapena Cheikh Chabulika kuti akhale mboni.

  8. Bololo Wachitumbuka says:

    Kuyendesa mlandu mpaka 3yrz, koma judgement 2yrs

  9. FBI geniune says:

    kumwembe is a crook..His main aim is to complicate the whole case.I understand now he wants to call three senior police officer’s who were involved in the 400million scam that hit malawi police service headquarters in 2011 namely.Elijah kachikuwo ,Barnet bojongo Mwasinga (actor)and chandema (sp) as his witness.Wabalalika.Inu by the way wina andifotokozere nkhani iyi ya 400 million yomwe inapezeka ku account ya mnyamata wina wa ku accountant general kuti ili pati.Ikuchedwa bwanji?Kapena a police amene akukhuzidwawa anapita kwa a sing’anga?Akufoyilisani saing’anga milandu yake simeneyi .Mulowa nayo mpakana ndithu. mukachitira matama kumaula,ndiye kaye avomereza u gay ,mukaziwaso.kukatupa ndi kusupuka kumeneko kkkkkkkkkkkkkk.kumwembe kenakonso afuna apulezident ankhale mboni yake.Ng’ombe zayang’ana golo.

  10. FBI geniune says:

    kumwembe is a crook..His main aim is to complicate the whole case.I understand now he wants to call three senior police officer’s who were involved in the 400million scam that hit malawi police service headquarters in 2011 namely.Elijah kachikuwo ,Barnet bojongo Mwasinga (actor)and chandema (sp) as his witness.Wabalalika.Inu by the way wina andifotokozere nkhani iyi ya 400 million yomwe inapezeka ku account ya mnyamata wina wa ku accountant general kuti ili pati.Ikuchedwa bwanji?Kapena a police amene akukhuzidwawa anapita kwa a sing’anga?Akufoyilisani saing’anga milandu yake simeneyi .Mulowa nayo mpakana ndithu. mukachitira matama kumaula,ndiye kaye avomereza u gay ,mukaziwaso.kukatupa ndi kusupuka kumeneko kkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  11. mercy Nyirongo says:

    Levelheaded has a point the court is giving too much freedom to a suspect these this things need to be regulated the victim Mphwiyo suffered with serious wounds on his face which is unacceptable no matter disagreement they had on cashgate he did not deserve that attack.. Now suspectz Ralph Kasambala and McDonald Kumwembe are making fun out if it Judge Mtambo malawi is with you…continue showing the way thieves and crooks their days in Malawi are numbered for sure kudos mary kachali,renyck matemba and judge Mtambo so far God bless you always

  12. achibwana says:

    what i know is that there is injustice in malawi

  13. Wachikulile says:

    Discontinue all these cases mukungoononga money za boma basi mwatikwana don’t you have something to do.

  14. BigMan says:

    Kicks of a dying horse. Kumwembe can even demand to have the president as a witness, but it will not help him.

  15. mercy Nyirongo says:

    Kumwembe walowa chiwewe everyone will be his witness why including former Treasury secretary now and ACB matemba kkk it just show the belt is so tight on kasambala and kumwembe we are following kudos Mary Kachale the count down has started indeed

  16. the government in this case is trying to protect their own, but a case need to unfold all witnesses so that lying can be ruled out. allow all culprits to bring in whoever they think can bring the truth and they must prove themselves innocent if they are not involved

  17. levelheaded says:

    The courts are supposed to enforce justice as possible as at an appropriate time. The more these criminals delay these cases the more they compromise the cases themselves. At the end those cases will turn to be very complicated to pile up judgement.
    Some developed countries like Japan have a record of winning 90 percent of the cases of people against the state. A suspect to have wronged the government is not regarded as a hero as the way we see here in Malawi that even some news outlets start to sympathise with him, but rather he is regarded as an outcast to even very own relations. Patriotism at its best.

    1. Beast Msonda says:

      You have said it all buddy. It is only in Malawi where cashgate victims (tax payers) become handclappers of cashgators.

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