Makande denies giving Mphwiyo ’10 days’ ultimatum: Testifies in shooting case

Former Peoples Party (PP) Publicity Secretary Hophmary Makande has told the Lilongwe High court that the party never used public funds in any of its activities when it was in power.

Makande: Testified

Makande: Testified

Makande was in court as a second witness for Macdonald Kumwembe who together with lawyer Ralph Kasambala and businessman Pika Manondo are answering attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder on former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.

During cross examination by Director of Public Prosecution ((DPP), Mary Kachale , Makande was asked if  as publicity secretary ‘he was in the know as to how PP was getting its funding.’

“As a party, we were getting funding from the President and a few well wishers,” answered Makande.

Kachale further asked if the party was using public funds for day to day party events and or during the campaign.

“Never, as I said the party never used public funds, may be during the period I left because I was booted out about two to three weeks before the campaign” he said.

Makande refused to be drawn to comment on Mphwiyo’s claims that politicians were pressurising him to make payments.

“I did not give Mphwiyo 10 days to make payments. I don’t know anything and, therefore, cannot say anything. But I know that Pika Manondo [second accused] and Mphwiyo were good friends. His brother lived with Mphwiyo some years back and they were always together,”said Makande.

Makande also revealed that former Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara, who is facing the charge of conspiracy to murder the former budget director, never wanted Mphwiyo to be appointed into that position.

“Kasambara was against Paul Mphwiyo’s appointment as budget director. In fact, I remember one day while we were eating nsima at his house, Kasambara said Mphwiyo has a bad track record and he would mess up things at the Ministry of Finance,” said Makande.

Earlier, Makande told the court that he joined the then ruling PP three weeks before the party convention where he was elected as Publicity Secretary.

The case has since been adjourned to tomorrow, January 5 2016 from 9am

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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Truck
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Truck
8 months 23 days ago

KHOSWE WAPA TSINDE ANAULULA WA PA DZALA KIKI!KOMA KUMENEKO

Paul Yorkey Longwe
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Paul Yorkey Longwe
8 months 24 days ago

Onse angomangidwa ngakuba angamatikhazike ndi njala ife ngati ma refugees ndalama zokhala zathu

selfish decision
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selfish decision
8 months 24 days ago

It mean Joyce chose Mphwiyo on that position deriberately knowing how crooked he was . Spill the beans guys apa nkhani ikusongola

Zanga Phee!
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Zanga Phee!
8 months 24 days ago

At least we know where we arwe heading to.See my name.

more $
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more $
8 months 24 days ago

The truth will come out. Without knowing what they are saying, all these people are confessing to the crimes they committed or they are unwittingly exposing her. Where was the madam president getting the funds for the running of the pp?

levelheaded
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8 months 24 days ago

The same Mphwiyo was regarded a saint by JB to be paraded as the state witness now that he is to be caught by the arm of law, everyone is keeping a distance. Mary Kachale squeeze them, this last phase is your toughest, it comprises the big fishes, the most crooked.

Beast Msonda
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Beast Msonda
8 months 24 days ago

Kasambara and his friend Makande on one side and the other side we have joyisi banda and her cashgate accomplice Paul Mphwiyo.

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Kenkkk
8 months 24 days ago

Mercy that is speculation. But I can also speculate that Kasambara was right in view of the mess mphwiyo caused, hence Ralph had a better judgement than jb and more concerned about protecting our money and good governance.

Chiefdastownhall
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8 months 24 days ago
Mkodzo Okhau Ngwanga Koma Bibiyu Ai…Kkkkk Wapadzala Akhoza Kutisonyeza Wa Pa Tsindwitu Apa. (1) How Come A Secretary General Of A Ruling Party Can Be Conversant With Top Govt. Appointments Viz A Viz Kasambala’s Deslike Of Mphwiyo’s Hiring. (2) Transparency And Accountability, The President And Few Well Wishers Funded The Party. These Two Confessions Is A Self Set Bait For The Mother Shark, Makande Look What You Have Done, Joisi Is Exposed. Look Now Kasambala Put Into Record That Jb, Bj,prophet Elias, Cicilia Kumpukwe..As Witnesses. Raphael Tried To Fake Illness But To No Avail, Now, This Is Scream Or Sink… Read more »
Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
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Zidura Ntengo Undigwere
8 months 24 days ago

Makande is NOT telling the truth: PP used public funds all the time. And the record is clear on this one. Why some intelligent people, like Makande, would lie in court, under oath baffles me.
Kasambara and Manondo are knee deep in this matope a makande (fiasco). Not easy to extricate themselves from this mess. Reporting in their favor (elsewhere) will not influence the judge one bit.

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