Mafia work? Queries Judge: Immigration says no evidence Mphwiyo shooting suspect left Malawi

The state’s latest witness in the case of former budget Director’s attempted murder case, Griffins Tembo has told the High Court in Lilongwe that according to immigration procedures there was no evidence backing the claim that McDonald Kumwembe was outside Malawi at the time Mphwiyo was shot.

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza: State wants suspects bail revoked

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza: State wants suspects bail revoked

Kumwembe’s lawyer Wapona Kita had showed the court Kumwembe’s passport at the beginning of the trial indicating that Kumwembe was outside Malawi.

He showed the court a passport indicating that Kumwembe had left the country through Mwanza border on the 30th of August, 2013 and returned to Malawi on the 14th of September, 2013 a day after mphwiyo’s shooting.

However, Griffins Tembo who is Assistant Immigration Officer based at Dedza border post told the court that the stamps in Kumwembe’s passport were not backed by signatures of immigration officers who cleared him.

Said Tembo, “The procedure is that a stamp in the passport is backed by records entered on a sheet and signed by the officer clearing the person.

“In his case (Kumwembe’s) there are stamps in his passport indicating the dates he exited and returned to Malawi which have no corresponding records in our sheets. There is a stamp in the passport indicating that he left Malawi through Mwanza border on the 30th of August, 2013 which has no corresponding records in the sheets as is the case with his entry.”

The state through the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mary Kachale has also applied for bail revocation for all accused, except Oswald Lutepo on grounds that the state witnesses were being threatened.

She told the court that there were some mafia-like activities trying to sabotage the trial which necessitated the bail revocation.

During the testimony of the immigration officer, the presiding judge, Micheal Mtambo had joked whether he didn’t have a copy of the passport due to the work of the mafia.

“Why don’t I have a copy of the passport? Is it the mafia at work?’’, queried Mtambo.

The bail revocation ruling for all the accused has been adjourned to Thursday except for second accused, Robert Kadzuwa whose bail has been revoked for absenting himself from court.

Mphwiyo was shot three times as he drove into his compound in the low density suburb of Area 43 in Lilongwe.

Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder alongside Macdonald Kumwembe who Mphwiyo identified as the shooter, Dauka Manondo, Pika Manondo, Robert Kadzuwa and businessperson Osward Lutepo.-Mana

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mbwiyache
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DO YOU REALLY KNOW MACDONALD KUMWEMBE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN?. ASK MR CHIWAYA (LATE MAHALA WIPHA’S SON). MACDONALD IS A DANGEROUS PERSON KOMA MUKAMCHEAZA NAYE YOU CAN’T NOTICE KUTI NDI MUNTHU WOVUTA. HE IS A VERY FRIENDLY GUY AS IF HE HAS LOVE TOWARDS FELLOWS. KU ARMY IN 2005 WHAT HAPPENED AT COBBE.
CAPITAL PUNISHMENT MUST BE BROUGHT FORWARD, AN EYE FOR AN EYE.
ZINTHU ZANYANYA PA NYASALAND

tidziwe
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ngati anangodinditsa osadutsadi ndekuti ndiolakwa and amapanga izi kt abise umboni…case closed akalowe basi ndi kits yemweyo….

tidziwe
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ngati anangodinditsa odadutsadi ndekuti ndiolakwa and amapanga izi kt abise umboni…case closed akalowe basi ndi kits yemweyo….

mulakho wa ku Thumbwe
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mulakho wa ku Thumbwe

I have never crossed Mwanza into and out of Mozambique without my passport being signed on the stamp and too listing my name on a sheet. I have also managed to get my passport signed by guys at Bt ziboliboli in order to manage get forex during that Bingu era when forex was obtained through queening in forex bureau. Hear that

Mojamoja
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Checking with other boarders in a different country, is not an easy job. A lot of negotiations have to take place. You can not have another country giving out information to another country about its border registers. International law comes into play. All of us when travelling are protected by that. Any how, does the passport show he was out of Malawi? if the answer is yes, then that is the end of the story. He was not in the country. The passport which is a property of the government has a government stamp to prove that he was out… Read more »
special advisor
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Shut up Mojamoja and Mr soti, Shut! Up! Stamp in passport is not sufficient evidence that he was not in the country. Remember Mwawa’s corruption case and his wedding at Mount Soche and the purported deposits he made at a bank? It was a faked up deposit slip. So don’t use mental hospital or elementary school reasoning.

mr soti
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If the passport has the exit stamp,then it is enough to be evidence that the dude was out of Malawi..for the other boarders’ stamp, that is another issue man..believe me this case is going to take time…

Cocoon
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All the Lawyers in Malawi are Mafias, they went to the same University and they are all friends sharing tactics to beat the law and if they win they steal clients money. The country is in disaster because the people who supposed to develop it are the ones destroying, I hope they will all go to hell for their actions, at the moment they think they are clever, watch the space.

special advisor
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Hell is too far to wait for. They must be debarred as soon as they are involved in defending stupid cases using stupid evidence and stupid arguments. Law Society should bring back a stronger culture of personal integrity and ethical conduct among officers of the court. The rot is just too much to tolerate.

mulopwana
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Nonseenu simudziwa chomwe chimachitika pa Dedza ndi mwanza Boarder.Ine ndimadutsadutsa pa ma boarder awiriwa koma amangodinda mu passport osa sayinira or ngakhale a ku zobue chimodzimodzi.Officer wa Immigration asatinamize apa lero apite akawone mmene ma junior akewo akugwirira ntchito

Great Caesars Ghost
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forget the malawian immigration stamps, zero in on the foreign stamps wherever he went he should have entry stamps and exit stamps for the country in question for the corresponding dates in question… are they present?

Comred Brigadier
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Zonama zimenezo he was NOT outside v country angoDinda zimenezo

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