Prosecutors seek to revoke bail for Mphwiyo shooting suspects, protests ‘mafia-like’ operations

The State through Director of Public Prosecution Mary Kachale on Wednesday applied to court to revoke bail for suspects in the shooting of former Director of Finance Paul Mphwiyo after accusing the defence of employing ‘mafia-like operations’ to intimidate State witnesses.

Kasambara (right) and Mphwiyo

Kasambara (right) and Mphwiyo

Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara is charged with attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder alongside Macdonald Kumwembe who Mphwiyo identified as the shooter, Dauka Manondo, Pika Manondo, Robert Kadzuwa and businessperson Osward Lutepo.Lutepo is yet to enter his plea while the other suspects have pleaded not guilty.

The application for bail to be revoked was made through affidavits sworn by state prosecutor Ecock Chihana and Senior Superintendent Kampara Chilinda who were asked to meet two state witnesses who alleged there was a “mafia clandestine” activity to inflict interference and intimidation on state witnesses.

Upon hearing their submissions, the state was very convinced that the accused have had a hand in intimidation and interference in state witness.

She submitted that one of the state witnesses Charles Chaluma asked the state to transfer him and his family to Mangochi.

Before the state had made a decision, the story was written on Nyasa Times even though the state did not give the information to anyone.

Kachale submitted that the two confided to the state that there are some people who are forcing them to give contradictory statements in direct reference to the caused.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale said in Lilongwe yesterday: “It is in the considered opinion of the State that the circumstances we are facing can best be described as peculiar. We might not be experts of mafia-like operations, but it looks like we are dealing with mafia-like operations.”

She presented to the court a four hour recording of the discussion the state had with the witnesses.

However, one of the defence lawyer Gift Mwakhwawa objected that the recording could not stand as part of the evidence to be tendered to the court.

He said the recording is not reliable evidence.

Judge Michael Mtambo reserved his ruling saying he will do so after both parties have responded.

Before the court adjourned to Thursday morning, Kasambara told the court that the state was harassing his wife and relatives.

He said police officer Alexander Phiri called his wife and brother-in-law threatening them to implicate Kasambara in the case.

“Your Lordship, the state should desist from this nonsense of intimidating and harassing my wife and relations,” said a visibly angry Kasambara.

Presiding judge in the Paul Mphwiyo shooting trial, Michael Mtambo, says he would like to pass judgement by May this year and has warned prosecutors and defence lawyers against unnecessary delays.

Meanwhile, Justice Mtambo has revoked bail for Robert Kadzuwa, one of the accused in the Mphwiyo shooting
case after he failed to attend court sessions twice. The second time was Wednesday.

Lawyer for Kadzuwa, Wapona Kitta told the court that his client went to attend a funeral.

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32 thoughts on “Prosecutors seek to revoke bail for Mphwiyo shooting suspects, protests ‘mafia-like’ operations”

  1. Terrence says:

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  2. Chambachalero says:

    It is surprising that today we hear of mafia like grouping. When the police officers were clearly involved in staging a case involving Ralph maid. The sitting judge was quite then and today waonanji kanchacha

  3. Mojamoja says:

    “She presented to the court a four hour recording of the discussion the state had with the witnesses”

    I would like to comment on the above extracted from the story.

    So if the state is able to meet the two witnesses and record the evidence, how can they fail to bring them to court? Something doesn’t add up here.

    If its a failure on the states part to bring their witnesses to court, why should the accused be a victim of their incompetence?

  4. Zanga Phee! says:

    Government officials are part and parcel in this context believe me this will even take up to next year.If to continue with this case it needs independent court then it will hold water.

  5. fedrevolution says:

    We in the DPP are quite leaving the prosecution to do its job.Just be reminded that our late Leader Bingu (MHSRIP) hinted that this man is a mafia.

  6. Angoni says:

    No matter how long these cases may take ….. one thing we must know is that…. I HAVE NEVER SEEN WHERE A LIE OVERCOMES THE TRUTH.

  7. Tunthumbwana tambewa says:

    Nkhani ndi kuchenjera pakamwa defeating evidence basi. Nawoni Rafayele akuva kuwawa ndatulo iwe uyesetse basi 5yrs ithe muli pa bail chisankho chikafika ukaimire DPP mkhani yatha. Boma siliwina milandu apengetse iwe ndi bwana wa maloya malawi yose nawoni.

  8. Republic Of Graffiti says:

    A Kasambara ndiye mwachitika tsokatu. Nanga mulandu ukuoneka kuti mukuwina, koma wanthu akuweluzabe inuyo osati Mphwiyo!

    1. REPUBLIC Of. MAFIAS says:

      @ REPUBLIC OF GRAFFIT !!!
      CHIKUONETSA KUTI KASAMBALA WAKOYO AKUWINA MULANDU NDI CHIYANI ?
      YOU ARE JUST ANOTHER SUCKER AND WITH NO BRAINS. ANYWAY THAT IS WHY I DON’T TRUST SCHOOL YAKUNO KU MALAWI

  9. otate says:

    I do agree with Guantanamo Ralph is not escaping this time around akalowe basi fisi matama

  10. Chidzukulu cha Akwitusya says:

    Cashgate cases taking. Too long for tthe big fishes ….”ngati alipo amene zadachimwe ayambe kugenda” may be this is what is being reflected here kkkkkkk

  11. tsotsi says:

    no matter how long alie is sustained,the truth will some day prevail…very stupit ppo…

  12. mtichimwitsa says:

    Nkhani zidandikwana izi adakakhala chekera maluzi itatha kale

  13. MBACHI says:

    Comment, PLEASE WE WANT THESE PEOPLE KILLED. OUR PEOPLE HAVE DIED IN THE HOSPITALS BECAUSE OF LUCK OF DRUGS. THEY SHOULD ALSO DIE. INCLUDING MKWIYO. THEY ARE MAFIAS.

  14. Kaligondo says:

    Kodi athuwa adzamangidwa? Only god knows

  15. justice is blind but not stupid!

    1. Abale samalani says:

      True

  16. Modziyekha says:

    Jusstice is blind but not stupid!

  17. ENOCK ALIMOYO says:

    JUST AREST THEM!

  18. big man wamkulu says:

    gone to attend a funeral? seriously? my taxes are being fucked around with like this? inu a judge, mafana awa akukudelelani heavy!!

  19. big man wamkulu says:

    gone to attend a funeral? seriously? my taxes are being fucked around with like this? inu a judge, mafana awa akukudelelani heavy!

  20. zandile says:

    Mankhwawa is just another useless lawyer. Why is he refusing the recorded evidence? He is trying to defeat justice. Govt should not listen to this guy. Kasambara and his friends have a case to answer.No trusts these lawywers.

  21. zandile says:

    Mankhwawa is just another useless lawyer. Why is he refusing the recorded evidence? He is trying to defeat justice. Govt should not listen to this guy. Kasambara and his friends have a case to answer.

  22. Yankees says:

    Iwenso Magestrate ukajawapanga Free achina Raph and the compony, udzaonanso mmene Dziko limadzukila, Peter and the cashgate mafias including these shooting Team, mwasowetsa Mvula, yakwiya ndi Mizimu, a Mkasa mulipo? Lucius ndiye iiiih, alikuchipani cholamula, kuimba adasiya kalekale, God may U please intervene;;; pakuti pamene nzelu zathu zathele mpamene inu mumayambila, Alomwe woyeeeee! Kunyekhula oyeeee! Bogus Doctors woyee! Kulemba pa khoma woyeeeee! Kuchindana Mgalimoto woyeee, Vula kusowa Oyeeeee! Zimatelo ukalowa ku mpila moventcha umasapotela matimu onse awili.,….

  23. kabotolokamo says:

    Interesting ! Ralph Kasambara talks some wise stuff on face book , koma killer in the heart , hahahahaha! stupid guy! live a straight life mate !

  24. moses says:

    The story is poorly presented. Please ask those who did law to guide you on court coverage issue. Assess your first three paragraph and see if there is logical connection of your story. Please Nyasa Editor improve on the quality on your stories. Do not just rush in posting stories that are not properly edited. Please try to specialize on who should write stories in a particular field.

  25. Thocco says:

    Why intimidating..

  26. GUANTANAMO says:

    Public opinion has already convicted Ralph. Its a straight forward case. Now waiting for court’s verdict

  27. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Are you sure there is any progress in this case? Stalemate.

  28. Malawiana says:

    Just pass judgement and lock up these mafias! We have looming hunger to worry about not these good for nothing thieves.

  29. kela mwampita says:

    Chalunda is a police informer who wanted money from the state.
    Now he has joined kasambara side

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