Mphwiyo not a ‘flight risk’ says lawyer: Malawi gun-shot survivor refused travel to seek medical aid

The former Ministry of finance budget  director Paul Mphwiyo will not evade justice in theft and money laundering case, his lawyer has contended after the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has  turned down his application to travel to South Africa for medical aid.

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo: Seeks medical aid

Mphwiyo applied to the bureau to be allowed to travel to South Africa for medical aid. In December last year, the bureau allowed him to travel to South Africa for the same purpose.

Two bullets hit Mphwiyo in the mandible and another went through his shoulder to his chest. One bullet was removed in a South African hospital but two others – lodged in his spinal column – will remain inside the 38-year-old for the rest of his life.

His attorney from KD Freeman Lawyers argued that it is highly improbable for the gun-shot survivor to jump bail.

“What we know is that our client has been attending medical appointments in South Africa time and again. In any event, the court stated earlier that the State can always escort our client when he is travelling out of the country,” reads a statement from his lawyers.

“You may also need to know that at the same time ACB authorised our client to travel locally. In short, in the absence of any evidence of intent to jump bail, authorities ought to have been slow in denying one the right to seek medical attention from a practitioner of their own choice”

ACB has refused Mphwiyo’s travel out after his former surety told a court under oath that Mphwiyo had plans to jump bail, a claim shot down by Mphwiyo’s as wishful thinking

ACB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba said they could not afford to “take that risk” to give Mphwiyo a lee-way to jump bail.

The application to discharge Banda was ironically prepared by lawyer Ralph Kasambara who is one of the suspects in the case of attempting to murder Mphwiyo.

Matemba said Mphwiyo may wish to arrange for his doctors to fly into the country.

“We have based our decision on the court’s decision to allow the discharge of the surety,” said Matemba/

Crispin Ernest Banda was allowed by High Court judge Esmie Chombo to be withdrawn as a surety for Mphwiyo’s bail in the theft and money laundering charges amounting to K2.1 billion.

In his application prepared by private practice lawyer Ralph Kasambara, who is one of the suspects in the case of attempting to murder Mphwiyo, Banda told the judge in her chamber that he had information that Mphwiyo was planning to jump bail.

He asked the court to order a refund of his K2 million bail bond which the court granted.

Mphwiyo’s shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’,

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15 thoughts on “Mphwiyo not a ‘flight risk’ says lawyer: Malawi gun-shot survivor refused travel to seek medical aid”

  1. namelss says:

    Ngati JB wathawa, mwana wambale wake wa JB, Tears Chanthunya adathawa, what more with Mphwiyo?

  2. ntchende la pitala says:

    Mphwiyo plan to seek aslum in RSA

  3. Ralph Kasambara says:

    Dziko ndi anthu ake….ine nditayeni coz its up to the courts to assess whether Mphwiyo is a flight risk…

  4. MBACHI says:

    ACB AND MALAWI JUDICIARY MWA CHEPERA KABA KWA KASAMBALA NDI MKWIYO. SIMNGAATHE AMENEWA.

    1. Tachoka apa.what do u.knw.akakhala makhwalaa amasuluka .

  5. Jose' says:

    munthu ndi mbava uyu. osamulola atuluke. i remember his days at chancol, crook of the crooked. mafia, saopa zaanthu.

    ndiponsotu ngakhala the assassination plot mukukambayo, satana uyu akanapanda kuyamba kasambara, iye, akadamuzimitsa lawyer wanzeru wakuba mzakeyo

  6. MPHWAYO WILL NOT ASSIST THE PULIC ON THE CASES AS HIMSELF ALSO HAS MANY CASES TO ANSWEAR. GALIMOTO ANAGULA NDI NDALAMA ANALI KUBA ZA MUPASA MAVUTO. MAY0000000000 INE !!!!!!!!! ONLY GOD KNOWS.

  7. Ezekiel says:

    Use ur head kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  8. S soso says:

    Koma ndalamazo adzabweza? Mmayesa akuzisosola pamenepo. Ife kumangoberedwa ndalama nkumati misonkho. Salary yochepa kale. Apa munkafuna kuphana nokhanokha. Akulangeni ndithu

  9. Pappa says:

    Ndine mbuli

  10. collins says:

    kasambala & banda r suspicious togather with acb.

  11. midnight 6 says:

    hahaha hahaha akufuna kuzatenga Assylum uyo, mufinyeni

  12. Malawianah says:

    Am still blind on this case.It seems like kasambala is telling ACB what to do yet himself is a big suspect.

  13. special advisor says:

    Maffia style, eish! Kalanga, ine! A Malawi tafika pamenrpa?

  14. Kaithazi says:

    But why is Mr. Kasambala as one of the accused in the same case of cashgate allowed to represent others as a lawyer while himself hires other lawyers to battles his side?

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