Manondo links Mphwiyo shooting to Malawi arms deal with Paramount

Third defence witness for MacDonald Kumwembe in the ongoing case of attempted murder of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, Dauka Manondo told the High Court in Lilongwe that Mphwiyo and accused Pika  Manondo were in South Africa to strike a deal worth $145 million (about K58 billion)  with Paramount Group, Africa’s largest private defence and aerospace firm.

Mphwiyo: Negotiated arms deal with Pika Manondo

Mphwiyo: Negotiated arms deal with Pika Manondo

Dauka Manondo (left) testified in court

Dauka Manondo (left) testified in court

Paramount Group signed deals with the Malawian government for agriculture, fuel and military contracts through a network of investment firms.

Earlier the High Court Judge Michael Ntambo heard that Pika and Manondo were in South Africa for a week and returned home a few days before the shooting.

The shooting could have been a deal gone sour, according to the theory and revelations made by Dauka who was acquited by the court in the case.

According to second defence witness former People’s Party (PP) publicity secretary Hophmally Makande,  Dauka’s  younger brother Pika, left earlier while Mphwiyo followed, a routine which was repeated when they were coming back, a statement which Dauka supported.

He was asked by Kumwembe during cross examination if he knew what the two were doing in South Africa.

“I was told by Pika that they went to South Africa for an arms deal,” said Dauka who said he knew Mphwiyo since 1998 when he was at Chancellor College.

Dauka was testifying in the ongoing case of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.

Taking her turn, Director of Public Prosecution Mary Kachale quizzed Dauka if he saw off Dauka leaving or if he escorted Mphwiyo when he too was leaving.

“No, I did not,” he said

“So what is this arms deal all about?” asked Kachale

“Pika said Paul (Mphwiyo) was supposed to do an arms and ammunitions deal,” he responded

Kachale: Was Pika working with the government?

Dauka: No

Kachale: In what capacity was Pika involved with the deal?

Dauka: I don’t know

Paramount Group was engaged under the previous administration, to supply military equipment to Malawi Defence Force .

Under that agreement, Paramount Group was to supply wide-ranging equipment to establishments under the Malawi Defence Force. The total bill amounted to $145 million at the time, which under the current rate is about K58 billion.

Paramount also signed a deal with Malawi to provide seven interceptor boats to patrol Lake Malawi.

It is also linked to the sale of Malawi presidential jet, the Dassault Falcon 900EX  which was bought by Bohnox Enterprises, a firm registered in the British Virgin Islands, and sent to South Africa, where it is loaned to VIPs by the jet company Fortune Air.

Paramount Group is run by the South African brothers Ivor and Eric Ichikowitz and specialises in manufacturing armoured vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It previously brokered a deal for the Malawian government to equip its peacekeeping troops in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Trans Africa Capital, a venture capital firm run by Eric Ichikowitz, also signed agriculture and fuel contracts with Malawi’s government.

Kachale quizzed Dauka to explain his location, u on 13th September 2013 on the day of Mphwiyo shooting.

Dauka: I was socializing and left for home to sleep around 10pm and was driving alone
Kachale: How did you know of Mphwiyo’s shooting?

Dauka: I learnt of it through Pika who called me in the  morning, I was on the way to Mzuzu to do some businesses.

Kachale: Being a good friend to Mphwiyo, you decided to go to Mzuzu to do business and not to go and see him.
Dauka: Yes depending on the nature of the business and I was also getting updates from Pika who was at the hospital. I knew I will go there when am back

Taking his turn, Pika asked Dauka his exact words in when he was telling him about the shooting.

“You told me that Paul has been shot and I asked why do you think he has been shot, you said maybe its because of the arms and ammunitions deal,” said Dauka.

He also said that prior to the shooting, Mphwiyo had asked Dauka to find him two house to buy within the ranges of K150 million and K200 million.

Dauka and Pika were directors of Regit Auctioneers and Estate Agents.

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.

The case has been adjourned to January 12.

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32 thoughts on “Manondo links Mphwiyo shooting to Malawi arms deal with Paramount”

  1. Funny monunkha says:

    please malawians do not be surprised that arms deal was done by Budget Director , Joyce amaziwa kuti ma generals could not be trusted in the army after she was told about the useless now serving army commander general maulana, went all the way abroad when he was director of Operations( woziwa tactics koma wosadziwa mfuti ya nkhondo) to buy arms and ended kugula mfuti ndi zipolopolo zoti malawi army pano ufuna kuzitaya kuti umboni usakhalepo koma akati kukamwa wisu ngati wadya manyi kuti ndalama zathu zaku nkhondo uzitipasa half. ubwenze kaye billions of kwachas wasted which could have been used for hospitals . lero mukuti commander , he failed the army twice first when he was director of logistics under his nose he sighed millions of money over goods whose prices costed 5 times the price found in our local wholesale shops za katundu wopita ku Ivory coast and iye anadyapo not directly koma sakana ziphuphu ngati anthu kumugulira bags of cement kukasiya kunyumba yake yaku zomba. We have all the proof and i challenge a president and anti corruption bereau to come and audit the arms that maulana bought and please do not report anything to Saulos Chilima ndi nzake.

  2. Zuze says:

    A house within the range of K150 million to K200 million!! M’maso muli gwaaaa. Malawi yomwe ino!

  3. Mangunda says:

    ikikikikikik shallow statements and questions I am a civilian but In think issues concerning purchasing of ‘real’ arms and ammunition for a national army can never be dealt by people like Pika etc. Sizingatheke. And amalawi lets be serious when telling the world about issues of nationals security. And don’t divert issued to implicate others. Tizapusa nazoooo111

  4. UNECA says:

    Jb alibe milandu ayambe otha mano m’kamwayo kufufuza za njaunju ndi ndalama zomwe adaononga pa mwambo wamlakho walowe ndi magalimoto aja mwagulitsana ma k200,000.00 mukuona ngati m’malawi aliyense ndiogona.

  5. nangozo says:

    Izi zandikwana.Zotayitsa nthawi.Tiyeni tidzingowamvetsera.aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  6. Khamani!! says:

    Malawi should just close …. This is a banana republic .

  7. prince says:

    Ululanan Mutiuza ife ndioMvetsera

  8. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Was there any army officer involved in the negotiations of the arms deal?
    This does not qualify to be arms deals, it looks some other transactions were going on.

    Who was paying bills for Pika?

  9. Lhomwe 2 says:

    But don’t here Kasambalas name where is he in this part of episode?????

  10. ka says:

    shaaa munalitola boma

  11. levelheaded says:

    The biggest blunder that Malawi has ever done is to have Joice Banda as the President.

  12. mulopwana says:


  13. Nkombokombo says:

    This case is becoming more interesting. A Civil servant and a Briefcase Business man making a “deal” for the National Security!!

  14. thako la mmwenye says:

    Really these two buffons negotiating an arms deal on behalf of malawian people? Are we really safe in Malawi?

    Koma a malawife tili serious?

  15. James Man D olo says:

    ndalama zaboma mmazipezelera chonchi eti…

  16. mercy Nyirongo says:

    Abale this case needs Joyce Banda former President for the statement she said after Mphwiyo shooting and why she delegated Mphwiyo on arms deal and also we are aware that this deal cannot happen without Army General Odilo and Attorney General and Justice Minister Ralph Kasambala on legal advice to government so Lawyer Ralph Kasambala is still part of these on all sides which can motivate him to do anything if he was benefitting with the hurt on Mphwiyo it’s even worse… You remember Ralph Kasambala said he did not know Mphwiyo but now it shows he knew him….what was he saying so at the beginning….???following….. Following

  17. Mzozo kununkha says:

    Following… as the truth unfolds………..

  18. matokoso says:

    Mphwiyo is a son of Jb s uncle and we should know he will never mention her name .Its rumoured she is head ing Arab nation for Assailum .please my govt act fast to bring this fugitive lady home .Evidence is overwhelming.act fast

  19. mercy Nyirongo says:

    We knew it was the arms which was known by President Joyce banda, General Odilo,Ralph Kasambala as Attorney General and trusted Paul Mphwiyo to seal the deal at the displeasure of Ralph Kasambala who later hired Mphwiyo friends Manando brothers of Pika and Dauka to raise suspicion with Kumwembe as a shooter …..The intetion shot came from Ralph Kasambala because of greed and after the south Africa trip Mphwiyo started huge purchases which I know Ralph Kasambala cannot want to see since he was part of inner circle of President Joyce Banda to steal from government… Judge Mtambo its all yours now to determine the intentions of killing Paul Mphwiyo….

  20. torgo nodo says:

    koma amalawi ndife zitsiru ndithu. you mean we let these rats decide our national defence?!?!?! kodi kuno ndi kotani?

  21. Wadyera says:

    I would understand if Mphwiyo/manondo was in the ministry of defence or in the procurement committee or in the intelligence arm other wise kalipo kalipo!

  22. Mzimba pa Boma says:

    All ex Army Gernals, brigadiers,majors etc and
    current Generals,How come Pika Manondo was involved in arms malawi pachuluka
    chibwana and we can’t move forward with that kind of mentality.malawi is afailed state
    like Somalia.

  23. Wadyera says:

    Koma yaa arms deal being done by ordinary people not the army who are in a better position to know what type of arms are needed. Are the Manondos and Mphwiyo experts in arms and ammunitions? This does not make sense even to a ten year old child can smell a rat hear!

  24. Dodolido says:

    As the story unfolds. Stay tuned. The truth will be out! Arms deal by Budget Director. Remember General Odillo is on bail. This is a blockbuster movie unfolding.

  25. mercy Nyirongo says:

    The issue is about who shot Paul Mphwiyo and the intentions …the main issue is Paul Mphwiyo was shot by which people the other issues is not for this case Judge Mtambo will just establish what triggered Paul Mphwiyo shooting the evidence is clear Ralph Kasambala was not happy that Former President Joyce Banda trusted Paul Mphwiyo with the arms deal with Paramount of south africa to the displeasure of former attorney general Ralph Kasambala who knew about the deal in the inner circle and Ralph Kasambala used Pika Manondo (a greedy for money youngman) who went with unnoticing friend a former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo then after the trip Pika betrayed Mphwiyo and led to his shooting for us we follow the case the people to his shooting are initiator is Ralph Kasambala supported by Pika and Dauda Manondo where they recruited McDonald Kumwembe for the kill…Now we say former president Joyce Banda really knew who shot Mphwiyo as she trusted Mphwiyo more than Ral w

  26. Wokwiya says:

    Why was Mphwiyo negotiating an arms deal on behalf of Malawi Govt? His job as Budget Director was to allocate money to Ministries not to negotiate procurement issues. I’m convinced Joyce Banda knew all this. Evil woman! I think whoever shot Paul Mphwiyo is a national hero! He opened a can of worms for all to see. Otherwise this impunity would have continued and probably JB would still be in power now while Paul Mphwiyo would be the most untouchable mafia in government. As a nation we should applaud the assassin who dared to take down this mafia ring

  27. mbani says:

    mbava kill them

  28. Bob says:

    Ziliko things are beginning to become clear now.

  29. wamara says:

    Nonsense zonse zachabe

  30. Eye Witness says:

    Now I know. The Mphwiyo guy must have paid 200,000,000.00 for the perchase of the house and the guys wanted to get away with the cash. Mphwiyo is failing to tell us the truth…thumbs la ndalama ndilomwe linakasiyidwa kwa Ralph as a go betweet and witness.

  31. kwirikwiri says:

    Malawi is shit really. How can a non-government employee go to SA on tax payer’s money to negotiate a government deal? Did JB know that his puppet Mphwiyo was going with a friend? Am disgusted, what’s all this? Pika should be behind bars he is a crook likewise Mphwiyo. How can a civil servant want to purchase two houses totaling MK400 MILLION? How much was he earning? Stupid bastard!

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