Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Vice President and former presidential spokesperson in late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime Dr. Heatherwick Ntaba, has described the survival and events surrounding the life of Budget Director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo as divine interventio.
Mphwiyo was shot three times by unknown assailants as he was entering his residence which is located in Area 43, Lilongwe.
Ntaba, who has reactivated his surgeon profession after over a 30 year break was among the first few doctors to have treated Mphwiyo after the shooting.
“Of course under my medical ethics I cannot say much but I describe the events of that night as of divine intervention. That in the condition I found Mphwiyo we managed to make him start breathing, took him to Kamuzu Central Hospital and then evacuated to South Africa, that was God’s work,” Ntaba told Zodiak radio.
Ntaba, who currently serves MASM patients at Lingazi, Area 43 clinics and Deayang Luke hospital in Kanengo, said he never knew the patient he was to treat after receiving a call during the night the budget director was shot.
“The nurse on phone just asked me to rush. When I arrived there the wife only told me that the husband’s name was Paul. So as I was treating him I was calling him Paul until in the morning when the stories came out that the man who was shot was Paul Mphwiyo the Budget Director,” said Ntaba.
Mphwiyo is currently receiving treatment at Mill Park Hospital in South Africa. His shooting has caused stir and others suspects he was shot because he has been discharging his duties of controlling funds in the ministry of finance perfectly.
Meanwhile, Malawi cooperating partners have expressed worry with the shooting of the Budget Director and have called for a swift probe into Mphwiyo’s case and the spirited fight against corruption and public funds embezzlement in Malawi.