Mkondiwa testifies, contradicts Kasambara’s maid: Mphwiyo shooting case

Malawi government Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa on Thursday morning contradicted former maid to lawyer Ralph Kasambara, Jessie Mussa, during his testimony in court in the ongoing attempted murder case of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.

Mkondiwa: Testifies

Mkondiwa: Testifies

The former housemaid was also on record in her last year testimony that she saw on 13th September 2013 the man who was later revealed to her as Paul Mphwiyo arriving at Kasambara’s house with a bag which contained huge sums of money.

Kafuwe further said Zizwa [Kasambara’s son] was with her on the day at Lilongwe Golf Club.

During cross examination from Kumwembe, Mkondiwa laughed off the possibility of Kasambara meeting Mphwiyo at his house.

Kumwembe: Do you remember on 13 September Malawi received visitors?
Mkondiwa: yes, former presidents Thabo Mbeki and Fredrick Chisano

Kumwembe: What was the purpose of their visit?
Mkondiwa: There discussions over the lake dispute with Tanzania

Kumwembe: Where was the meeting held?
Mkondiwa: It was held on 13 September at Kamuzu Palace

Kumwembe: Which ministers attended?
Mkondiwa: Foreign Affairs Minister Mganda Chiume and Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambara

Kumwembe: After the meeting where did you go?
Mkondiwa: We went to Salina, including the ministers

Kumwembe: What time did you left Salima?
Mkondiwa: I don’t remember because we had late lunch but it should be after 3pm.

Kasambara then came in with a line of completely discrediting his former maid’s testimony.

Kasambara: Do you remember having my kid in Salima?
Mkondiwa: Yes

Kasambara: Middle aged or young
Mkondiwa: Young, should be about 9 years

Kasambara: If someone says the kid was with her on the same day at Golf Club, what could you say?
Mkondiwa: (laughing) it depends how many little kids you have but with this one it can’t be.

Kasambara: If someone says around 3pm on the same day I was home with Mphwiyo drinking juice what could you say?
Mkondiwa: I would be surprised

After Mkondiwa, Reserve Bank of Malawi Director for the Banking and currency management department Mercy Kumbatira told the court about the discussions between RBM, Accountants General, Treasury and Economic Affairs Directorate over the expenditure increase in government.

“On September 9, 2013, government called for a meeting with RBM to discuss domestic borrowing figures because of the significant increase in domestic borrowing reflected in the Domestic Borrowing (DOMBO) table.

“During the meeting government wanted to understand what had triggered the increase in domestic borrowing. RBM explained that from analysis, there were some huge payments that had been made in respect of military spending and payment of arrears,” she said.

In her statement, at the meeting Mphwiyo however, explained that they were aware of the high spending on account of military expenditure and payment of arrears but maintained that domestic borrowing was still too high even after taking these into account.

“The meeting noted that the resultant high domestic borrowing was therefore evidence That government through the Accountants Generals office had been issuing cheques despite Treasury’s assertion that government had curtailed expenditure with the objective of meeting IMF targets,” she said

She said the meeting resolved that AG office should immediately conduct reconciliation and RBM should provide cheque transactions details to facilitate the process with a later meeting to be held on September 13.

At the meeting, AG office did not provide reconciliation results as requested as they had not concluded the exercise.

The case has since been adjourned to January 27 to 29 with Pika Manondo defending himself and cashgate prisoner Oswald Lutepo testifying together with politician Brown Mpinganjira among others.

Mphwiyo was shot outside his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013.

The incident is widely believed to have exposed the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill that came to be known as Cashgate.

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Nkharo
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Nkharo
8 months 13 days ago

Justice will always prevail and lies will make liers get ashaimed and jailed because of hatred to innocent people.kuzunza anzanu osalakwa kukhala mu cello disturbing their minds holistically,thats bad.Mulungu si munthu

Gundani
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Gundani
8 months 14 days ago

DPP has made a serious error by not bringing in Jb a material govt witness. Jb, is on record to have told the nation that she knows who shot Mphwiyo. Thats an important state witness

zebron henry. banda
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zebron henry. banda
8 months 14 days ago

After all is said and done,Kasambara will have to sue the maid for all sorts of legal breakages she has committed.Perjury…etc.Maid of honour?Baaa!hatee!plain stupid.

KAY
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KAY
8 months 14 days ago

IT IS CRYSTAL-CLEAR THAT SOME SECTOR W ANT TO SEE KASAMBARA CON

VICTED NOT OUT OF JUSTICE BUT SHEER HATRED.

kk
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kk
8 months 14 days ago

Did the DPP had all the “fact” when they were locking up this guy or were based on hearsay. I fear a time in my life when I see govt (using may tax money of course) paying this guy huge sum of money because of carelessness of those who hold the highest offices. I cry for Malawi, a situation which would otherwise been avoided.

kambwali
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kambwali
8 months 14 days ago

I see government paying kasambara

miko
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miko
8 months 14 days ago

call log is for jailling kasambara you can not adispute a cctv

Bob
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8 months 14 days ago

Honestly speaking Ralph has been unjustly implicated. Let JB come before the court and tell us exactly what she knows about this whole shooting issue. She talked a lot when she was president and she knows who shot Phwiyo and all accomplices in cashgate. Bweraniko komwe mukubisala mai. You thought you will win the 2014 elections but alas God had his own ideas.

KANDAWE
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KANDAWE
8 months 14 days ago

APA AMENE ADALI WANTCHITO WA RAPH WAMKAZI WANYA NAYO AMAONA NGATI BODZA LAKELI LINGASOKONEZE CHILUNGAMO

antchona
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8 months 14 days ago

Raphael Kasambara Senior counsel for real not for nothing

detergent
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detergent
8 months 14 days ago

politics is a game, kasambala knew that they was`nt a case how can one represent himself in murder attempt case. viva ralph

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