Mphwiyo paid Kumwembe for his shooting, Pika tells court

Pika Manondo, the second accused person in the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo, the court that he got the K300 000 from the gunshot survivor to give to alleged shooter Macdonald Kumwembe.

Mphwiyo: Paid for his shooting

Mphwiyo: Paid for his shooting

Kumwembe, a former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier and Pika Manondo are charged in the shooting alongside private practice lawyer Ralph Kasambara.

During cross-examination by Kasambara on Wednesday, Manondo told the  court that Mphwiyo gave Kumwembe K300 000 ($433) for a “party matter” but he gave it to his brother- Dauka Manondo – to make the deposit in his bank account.

Dauka was acquitted on the charge of conspiracy to commit murder and when he testified as defence witness for Kumwembe, he  told the High Court in Lilongwe that Mphwiyo and his brother Pika  were together  in South Africa to strike a deal worth $145 million (about K58 billion)  with Paramount Group, Africa’s largest private defence and aerospace firm.

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

High Court Judge Michael Ntambo heard that Pika and Mphwiyo 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.

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.

However, on the deposit Dauka made, the court heard that he falsified the name of the depositor and telephone number.

But Pika Manondo confirmed that the money came from Mphwiyo.

“The money came from the victim. If it came from him, then Mr Mphwiyo paid his friend Kumwembe to go shoot him,” said Pika.

Kasambara  was exonorated   from the transaction and the charge he is facing of conspiracy to commit murder.

“My lord, the third accused [Kasambara] was not involved in that transaction,” said Pika.

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 continues.

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17 thoughts on “Mphwiyo paid Kumwembe for his shooting, Pika tells court”

  1. wokhuzidwa says:

    They will be acquitted. The prosecution team knows they have a very weak case. Thats why it has taken this twist in favour of the defence. Ambuye a Kasambara has an easy task in court; he gave a very good defence.The prosecution has a big task to stop this 300 mt ship.Its an impossible mission.

  2. mapwiya says:

    Doing it cashgate style, how can one pay for his own shooting! Dziko liri mmanja mwa agalu

  3. Chikopa says:

    Witness testifies that he falsified bank deposit slip both name and phone number. Why did he do that? How can one believe in whatever he saying in the court now. Prosecution must not wary but just crash any testimony from that Dude as piece of shit. Kasambara should be involved if his cellphone was in touch with the shooter and one of the Manondo Brothers. Kasambara wautali ku Zomba Maximum Primary.

  4. Ramoka says:

    Nkhani iyi ndiyovuta kuimvetsa kwake .Amphwiyo anapereka ndalama kuti awaombere?P Padziko palibedi chilungamo.Chilungamo chili kumwamba.

  5. Kachule phiri 0995874977 says:

    Mphwiyo adadziwombera yekha inu chilinda akudziwa zimenezo. Bwanji mfuti ndi galimoto sadapititse ku court?

  6. Genderbalance says:

    Mafiaso style indeed, which also needs mafiaso judgement

  7. Phwisa says:

    I see that this is the end of the story. Whats next. Maybe the actual reason to kill. Dauka should be arrested. Why these guys represented government in Paramount deal. Since when

  8. Hoitty Totty says:

    A Mphwiyo nkhope imeneyo chipanda school bwenzi uli mphwake wa Nkasa

  9. MERCEDES says:


  10. Mphwiyo anatuma munthuyu kuti amuwombele dala ndi cholinga chofuna kusowesa ndalama za Boma.Idiot!

  11. Bima Matheza says:

    These people are the same, theyr just hcheating us.

  12. Ine says:

    hahahahahahahah I think Mphwiyo anaziombera yekha

  13. kamps says:

    kasambara is innocent,set him free

  14. Chirombo cha mmudzi says:

    Please judges! malawians have better things to do than to be listening to this boring case. why cant you just conclude this case once and for all?

  15. john phiri says:

    The reality of the matter is that these people were together and are still together. The created this scenario to divert attention from real issues. Bwanji tidzingopanga nkhani dza cashgate and forget the shooter, the shootee, the payer and the payee. Mphwiyo has a very big head that even me can not miss the target what more a trained soldier?

  16. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Mxiii! How can one pay for his own death!!!!!

    Hahahaha! Hihihihi! Kikikiki! Anthuwadi ndiwopenga!!!!! Akusuta chamba chambiri plus mandrax and cocaine!

  17. Tikuona says:

    Just waiting for the judgment…. It’s a pity to implicate someone for selfish needs. I hope justice will flourish ngati madzi.

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