Malawi govt denying Chilumpha justice, asked to conclude Jumbe and Bwanali case -PP

Malawi government has asked to free  former Vice President  Cassim Chilumpha, who is facing the treason charges together with politician Yusuf Matumula, for allegedly plotting to assassinate late president Bingu wa Mutharika, after the case has stalled.

 Jumbe (L) and Bwanali: Case drags on

Jumbe (L) and Bwanali: Case drags on

The government has also been asked to speed the wheels of justice  in the the trial of former ministers of Friday Jumbe (Finance) and Phillip Bwanali (Sports  Culture), who were implicated in the theft of K11 million from the Ministry of Sports in 2004.

In a media statement, opposition Peoples Party (PP) spokesman Ken Msonda accused government of “failing to conclude” the Chilumpha treason case.

Chilumpha was arrested after an alleged assassin turned over recordings of the plot to government.

But the opposition party  has expressed concern that the stalling of the trial is a gross breach of the accused person’s right to a speedy, fair and due process of justice.

Chilumpha and Matumula were arrested in 2006 on allegations that they were planning to assassinate former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika, using hired assassins from South Africa.

The case has dragged on for nine years although government then said it had overwhelming evidence against the two.

Malawi Government has since blown at least K200 million (US$487 804) of public tax to pay a British lawyer Antony Berry and Malawians are continuing to pay legal fees and other claims

Berry is the Queen’s Counsel (QC) in the UK. He is leading a prosecution team comprising seasoned lawyers Patrice Nkhono and Pacharo Kayira.

The money spent on the lawyer is enough to buy over 100 ventilators which are in short supply in the country’s main hospitals. Ventilators are used to assist patients with breathing problems.

The case has dragged on although government then said it had overwhelming evidence against the two and that it would take them to court for a fair and open trial.

Many people in the country believed the government would prosecute the accused persons without undue delays.

But critics claim the case was trumped up for political reasons Chilumpha and the late Mutharika fell out in 2005 after the former president left United Democratic Front (UDF), a party that sponsored him into power in 2004, to form DPP. Chilumpha remained in UDF until he joined People’s Party (PP) in 2012 and later dumped it.

Key State witness in the case are 45-year-old Thomas Elias Ndlovu and Graham Minaar an intelligence expert were paid money from government to implicate Chilumpha.

Ndlovu, who runs a security firm in South Africa, is on record testifying at the High Court that he was given R800, 000 for him and his family to relocate from his normal Johannesburg base in South Africa as part of government’s witness protection procedure.

Chilumpha, who has served as Member of Parliament for Nkhotakota South for close to 20 years now, is seen as a man who leads a quiet and isolated life.

Meanwhile, PP is asking government to conclude also the case  of two former ministers Jumbe and Bwanli charged alongside a chairperson of the Sports and Culture Trust Fund, Vincent Mpaluko.

The three were found with a case to answer on charges ranging from theft by a public servant, misuse of office and gross negligence by a public officer to obtaining money by false pretence.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)  said has outsourced the prosecution of the case to G.D Liwimbi and Partners who have put lawyer Gabriel Chembezi on the case and that the matter will make progress soon.

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Smmify
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Smmify
3 months 24 days ago
The story and the comments leave a lot to be desired. Kodi, if u say govt (and looking at the contetnt, ua referring to the ruling party) must conclude the cases. How do u expect DPP to do that. Press on judiciary to speed up the charges??? Whatever outcome of such an interference wd b, the party will be in bad books for tampering wth the rule of law. Is it the responsibility of the ruling party to speed up the charges? If it’s not judiciary, it is the Director of Public Prosecution we have to quiz here, or perhaps,… Read more »
Luteman
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3 months 24 days ago

I feel sorry for lawyers who are contracted to prosecute these ACB politically related matters. They never get cooperation from ACB itself and end up being frustrated

Nabanda
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Nabanda
3 months 25 days ago

Nanga za Bingu muyamba liti???

abinte
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abinte
3 months 25 days ago

Hahaha kkkkkkkkkk the opposition makes rough sometimes when I here their statements.the case between chilumpha and government started in 2006.un fortunately the DPP never finished the case.now you pp came in.at least you were given two solid year bit you tackled the case.why are blaming government when you had a chance to finish the case?I would understand if it was petra party because they have never tasted power.but you?mmmmmm not you.

James Jayson
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James Jayson
3 months 25 days ago

Hahahahahaha …PP? PP and Nsonda were in government two days ago. They were booted out just in 2014. They found all these cases (Chilumpha and Jumbe and Bwanali cases) and they never did anything. They never concluded them. Why? Nobody knows but PP itself. Now today they have balls to fix their mouth and tell the government about these cases? Some people are imbeciles. They do not even think.

becks
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becks
3 months 25 days ago

Justice is justice. Whether PP or DPP was or is government these the case ought to come to conclusion in time. This is pretty bad and playing with other people’s lives

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