Revolver in Mphwiyo shooting tendered in court

A revolver which was allegedly supposed to be used in the shooting of former budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo was Friday tendered to the High Court in the capital Lilongwe by police investigators.

Mphwiyo:  Gun shot survivor in Malawi 'cashgate'

Mphwiyo: Gun shot survivor in Malawi ‘cashgate’

Mphwiyo was shot during the night of September 13, 2013 outside his house in Lilongwe. His shooting opened a can of worms that later led to the busting of cashgate – a syndicate in which public officers, politicians and businesspersons fraudulently plundered over US$100 million from government coffers.

Former justice minister Ralph Kasambara, a Macdonald Kumwembe and the Manondo brothers – Pika and Dauka are the main suspects believed to have been behind Mphwiyo’s attempted murder.

During the Friday hearing, prosecution which is being led Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale, paraded Kankhwala Chilinda – a police investigator – to testify as lead investigator.

Kankhwala told the court that he had foiled the initial plan by Kasambara and others to have Mphwiyo shot.

According to Chilinda, the gun tendered to court was supposed to be used by Maxwell Chalunda who had allegedly been hired to shoot Mphwiyo. But Chalunda, Chilinda explained, surrendered the gun when he was later arrested in connection with the shooting.

“Chalunda surrendered the gun and five unused bullets to me,” Chilinda told the court. “He told me that he was part of the team that was hired to assassinate [Mphwiyo].”

He also submitted call logs of the accused – Kasambara, the Manondo brothers and Kumwembe – to show that they were in serious contact on the day prior and after Mphwiyo shooting until two days later.

Also submitted to the court by Chilinda was about K2 million and US$3 000 collected from Kumwembe, and K12 000 from Chalunda.

Kumwembe was identified by Chilinda and eleven other state witnesses as a former Malawi Defence Force employee who had been convicted for robbery in 2005.

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101 thoughts on “Revolver in Mphwiyo shooting tendered in court”

  1. Aferazao says:

    Can take me ages to believe this. The police will often than not use all the tricks to cheat. The so called Mtumbuka Chilinda might be lying to the court after the police connived with this Chalunda thug for some reward.

  2. jobat Mwendenge says:

    Tamusiyeni Chilinda without his breakthrough KAYA musova kwinako

  3. yambani mulemba says:

    Mphwiyo wandipweteketsa ndikuba kwakoko

  4. milimbo says:

    Ok tizimva za boma after cross exam

  5. ku says:

    ikanakhala film ndikanangoleka kuonele mwe|

  6. chejali says:

    M’pwiya mahule aja inali cushgateeee etioiiiiiiiiii

  7. msukwa says:

    Chilinda identified kumwbe as MDF soldier previously convicted of armed theft? How relevant is that to kasambara and present case? Fuke you mary kachale and your chilinda

  8. msukwa says:

    Kod pali lamulo loletsa anthu kuyimbirana ma phone? Ndiye ukuti cal logs will show serious contact? So what?

  9. Makape says:

    5 unused bullets? Are these the one that destroyed mphwiyo’s face? Are we serious? Where are the pallets for the gun they used in the murder mr chilinda? Come be intelligent. Are you serious these are you investigations or your manufactured evidence? You think we malawians are fools? Pantumbo pako wasting our time basi

  10. Makape says:

    Kiki kiki yes useless investigator. Ukatenga mfuti yabodza nanga yeniyeni ilikuti?

  11. mgemi says:

    Chilinda ndiwe chilindadi. How can you say you foiled firts plan koma ukunenanso wekha kuti mfuti anakupatsa utamumanga kale after shooting of mphwiyo? Iwe ndiye mbuzi ya police basi. Kodi a CID ambiri ndinu mbuzi ngati ti azimayi tapa area 3 mbuzi zokhazokha basi

  12. mgemi says:

    Bring the real gun please that was used in the shooting. Kodi iwe mary kachale wayesa masanje amenewa? You want government to lose money to kasambara? Supiti zako wamva

  13. mary katchile says:

    Kodi iwe chilinda uli ndi nzeru iweyo? Mfuti idagwedula sagwada za mphwiyo ilikuti? Iyo ndiyako ya ku office. Tikufuna yeniyeni imene idawombedwa ndikugwerura chibwano mphwiyo ibwere mu court osati za chamba zakozo ndi mary kachale wakoyo

  14. tambwali says:

    Boma umboni wanuwo useless

  15. mervin says:

    tione mmene zithele

  16. 100% Lohmwe says:

    Okuba onse azengedwe milandu,mwachilungamo ndimosakondela posatengela kutchuka,maphunziro kaya ndiolemela,Akapezeka olakwa amangidwe basi..

  17. Dee says:

    This is wat they’ve decide to tell us thea is more behind the table. The cashgate and shooting case idzatha ngati milandu ya Tcheya. They just make them spend a lot of money, get them in and out of court. In thez cases only the small fish go in.

  18. Please rescue us from paying heavily this Kasambala because what you have tendered as the evidence in that court of law is nothing but just useless motives to finish Ralph off. How can the whole police not advise his fellow officer that that is a clap of its highest order. I thought you brought a gun which was used to deform Mphwiyo. Why bring a gun that was never used? How did you foil the plan to shoot the victim of cashgate. You can not claim to have foiled the plan when infact someone came to you and surrendered the gun himself. Kodi ma call logs akuonesa kasambala akupereka mfuti kwa Chalunda. Malawians at 50 still behaving like headless chickens. Why this embarassment to the nation. Do you mean that Mphwiyo got injured while the gun was not used. Nyamulani chinamupweteka Mphwiyo osati chimene mwalota. Akamakupangani cross examine musamaone ngati ndi wamwano Ralph. He is not my relative but what you tenderd in court will arrest the tax payers money. Mutu wodwala kansire mphini musateme kazizi.

  19. Rodger says:

    Comment let justice tek corc

  20. change your life says:

    Ok so this is what mary kachale thought to be credible evidence? Poti nzeru kusiyana

  21. chakakali chaziya says:

    Koma umboniwu amayenera kupereka ndani? Chalunda kapena chilinda? Airtel kapena chilinda?

  22. chadzunda says:

    Koma ziliko cross examination ikavuta apa. Too many lies

  23. big laden says:

    Boma lagwa nayo apa

  24. Banyamulenge says:

    Useless chilinda

  25. bokhobokho says:

    Kodi iwe chilinda nanga mfuti yeniyeniyo ili kuti yomwe idamuzula sagwada mphwiyo? Ukapereka mfuti ya zii yopanda ntchito. Mfuti imeneyo udangotenga ku offesi kwako basi zabodza zimenezo

  26. bokhobokho says:

    Komadi a chilinda mulibe nzeru. Suspect being hard core criminal angadzadzipereke yekha kwa inu? Mukunamatu inuyo.

  27. tikhala says:

    Ralph and wife are dangerous killers on the loose. Everybody knows that. Look at the people he called friends- that hang around him- then you will know what type of person you are dealing with. Everytime I look at this guy, am always reminded of late Kwacha Ghambi and Duke Mashoshola Madukulira. But every fool has his day- thanks we have a Jehova who never lies!

  28. tikhala says:

    Ralph, there is always the 40th day. It is in sight . That’s when your master , the Devil shows his true colors- he will abandon you!!!

  29. akatswiri says:

    Why obsin language in your comments?zausatana basi choncho Mulungu angatiikhululukire machimo,please repent.

  30. DPP can not finish those case DPP themselves are directly involved.Have you seen the way they are shielding Lutepo

  31. manyi says:

    There is right at the end of the tunnel. Ma bro Ralph keep ur knowledge let all of us know dat u were at Chanco

  32. namalaka says:

    tamarizani ife tione chilungamo

  33. Mweneeee says:

    Please conclude these cashgate cases mwatitopesa nazo za ma court anthu inu.All becauseof coruption and incopetence. Panya panu

  34. Steve Ng'omba says:

    Bravo Mr Chilinda, good investigation

    1. Brother there is nothing to celebrate here. We are paying these people heavily at the end of it all. Mfuti anapitisa ku khoti akuti amafuna kuyigwiritsa ntchito meaning kuti si imene inamuombera Mphwiyo. Ndiye ngati si imene inamuombela Mphwiyo wopangidwa accuse mukumuuza chani. Basitu ndiye kuti siiye koma iye naye analinawo malingaliro wofuna kumuombera.

  35. Bande James says:

    Ok so thats thevevidence sofar? Kikkikikiki government lawyers

  36. Suspect anapita yekha kukazipereka kwa Police Invesigator very interesting & on top of that, that suspect being an ex- soldier? Very interesting indeed.

  37. Joyce Bunda says:

    Koma yes umbonidi wa boma umenewo? Does government have lawyers with critical thinking skills? Mary is that the evidence to bring before a court of law? Even kwa a mfumu ungapititse umboni wake umenewo? Be sensible please you are wasting our taxes please. If you have no evidence just say so. Don’t look like an idiot on some of these things

  38. Joyce Bunda says:

    Koma yes umbonidi wa boma umenewo? Does government have lawyers with critical thinking skills? Mary is that the evidence to bring before a court of law? Even kwa a mfumu ungapititse umboni wake umenewo? Be sensible please you are wasting our taxes please. If you have no evidence jyst say so.

  39. Gaga M'diwa says:

    Nkhani yasongola imeneyo mukudikiranso chani? Amangeni

  40. NYANYAWE says:

    Iz Ndye Zatikwanadi

  41. Wyson mbidzi says:

    Let them face reality,we are tired of this issue

  42. Why says:

    Meaning more wanted him dead?

  43. edda mwalweni says:

    Leave a Mayi alone, you are shupiti wamva ……….?

  44. Wakulu Wapakati says:

    Tikufuna Mayi wakuba uja abwere azayakhe zonse anachita monga : ndege gate , maize gate, cashgate ,election gate ndi zina zonse . Iwe mbava, bwerako kunjako

  45. joni says:

    Were you at the scene of shooting when mphwiyo was shot? Did you witness the shooting? If not who witnessed it?

  46. kela mwampita says:

    Was in court. Chilinda goofed big time. He lied so much that even dpp and judge were admonishing him. State can’t win this case. Wait for his cross examination

  47. jasi says:

    Did you arrest ralph and others on initial plan or after shooting hard happened? So you knew in advance that mphwiyo was on hit list yet you decided to wait until shooting was done without alerting mphwiyo? If we say you were part of the conspiracy what do you say?

  48. jasi says:

    Chilinda muwoneka mwagwa nayo false evidence yanuyi. Ikuwoneka hearsay basitu

  49. Juma says:

    Chilinda after foiling initial plan to shoot mphwiyo what steps did you take to protect mphwiyo? Why were they not arrested after you initially discovered the conspiracy to murder mphwiyo? Or were you part of the initial plan thats why you concealed it? Did you have any reason for concealing Ralph plans to murder mphwiyo which you foiled?

  50. Juma says:

    Chilinda kodi mfuti imeneyi mwini wake ndani? Kasambara? Iweyo kapena chalunda? Ngati ili ya chalunda ipezeka ndiweyo bwanji?

  51. Juma says:

    Mphwiyo knows exactly who shot him and why? But he is hiding the link

  52. gandali says:

    Mphwiyo atanena chilungamo kuti anali ndi k120 million on the day of his shooting ndipo ndizime adathyolera sagwada zimveka. Koma akubisa then these will be freed

  53. Guadalupe says:

    Useless evidence. Hearsay, hearsay and hearsay

  54. Guadalupe says:

    Umvoni wake umenewu? Ralph mwamulephera zedi

  55. Gadabu says:

    Money from chalunda? Isnt this government own money just used for that purpose? Who else was there when chalunda surrendered that cash? Where did chalunda get this money? From Ralph? Who witnessed the transfer of the said money from Ralph to chalunda? Isnt this money from DPP herself? Mary be guided with Holy Ghost. You are a Living Waters BA. Jehovah is watching you.

  56. Gondwe JK says:

    Very unclear evidence. I know people are after Ralph but the evidence so far coming out is complete trash. Ralph will come out clean. Cal logs? If Ralph was on speaking terms with mphwiyo is that evidence enough that they intended to murder him? Do we know what the conversation was all about? Has mphwiyo explained what these conversations were in nature? Heated arguments? For what? That’s the missing link. Mphwiyo should explained these cal logs. I believe these are not the only people who spike to mphwiyo on that day. Were others who also spoke to mphwiyo after his life? Why only select Ralph and others?

  57. acn says:

    Kasambara is not a lawyer but a thug. He should be stripped off his papers. He should never practice law in Malawi. Where is the Law Commission? He has killed many people. Pliz he must be dealt with accordingly together with with his disciple Wapona Kita. Give him life sentence.

  58. Mpha! says:

    Guyz gwirani ntchito mpaka Ralph akalowe basi.

  59. Hot Iron says:

    Bwana Kasambala muikananso pamenepa? Kukhala ngati chilungamo is showing as a big mountain would look like. Take that one old boss!

  60. Mapwiya says:

    Eee komatu a Kasambala ndi anzanu? Why was there so much communication between you and the fellow accused in the days before and after the shooting? Utsi sufuka popanda moto man..

  61. chido says:

    Koma Yaaaa!!! Noose is tightening on Kasambara

  62. Yankees says:

    Inu mustipusitse a Malawi, sinthawi yotipanga ngati timadya manyi ifeyo, adaombela Mphwiyo tonse tikuwadsiwa ndiye dont Cheat us, a Court panya panu mwanva? Mulandu oti kupatsa enafe tsiku lomwe lija watha kalekale, ndiye ifeyo simbuli ayi, muuzane nthawi ina yake tikutukwanani kuti Pantu!!!? panu nonse,,,,.

  63. gwede says:

    Cal logs show that they were in speaking terms. Do they show any hostility between ralph and mphwiyo? Ralph hasnt denied that he was on speaking terms with mphwiyo. So are logs evidence of shooting?

  64. I know Chilinda. He is a seasoned investigator. And if anything the state must thank him in a special way because he is the one who spilled the cash gate we are talking today. Chilinde is a professional police officer I will live to remember. JB was boasting she made an effort to put cash gate into light, she was talking of Chilinda. May God bless you abundantly munthu was mkulu Chilinda.

  65. Hamis Twabi says:

    Hearsay evidence. Was chilinda together with chalunda when ralph surrendered the gun to chalunda?

  66. katundu says:

    Bwanji umboni umenewu sadapereke yekha chalunda? Is not hearsay evidence pipeza chilinda adachita kuwuzidwa ndi chalunda?

  67. chibwatiko says:

    so it is the only revolver which is found in malawi? What a misguided prosecution team!

  68. kaphaizi says:

    Kodi nthawi imene chalunda anali pa bwandiro ralph anali pompo

  69. Dre nkhwazie says:

    Down with selfishness and thefty!its time we stopped hearing about these issues and concentrate on the future but these people(suspected thieves)should be punished

  70. Mwena Malawi Origin says:

    What is about K92 billion scum, tell us way forward. Do not stick one side. ACB watch out ur style.

  71. Kanjex says:

    Shaaaa!!!! Asiyeni wankachic amadya zankachic momwemo.!

  72. Bob says:

    Why should a simple case like this one cant be concluded. Firearm (found with the culprit), cartridges, a bullet or bullets at crime scene. What else do yoy need?

  73. Aseleka says:

    Think about Mphwiyo’s daughter,akamawaona ababa ali chonchi amanva bwanji????…..

  74. Aseleka says:

    Think about Mphwiyo’s daughter,akamawaona ababa ali chonchi amanva bwanji????

  75. Mzozodo says:

    Koma Kasambara nde wayalukatu . A supposedly learned person turning into a dangerous killer like this? Regardless of which way the case is gonna go, akuluwa ulemu wonse watha ndithu . He is no different from the Macholowes of this world .

  76. kapida says:

    This is laughable evidence

  77. Jelbin mk says:

    Kasambara is in deep trouble here coz it looks the state has overwhelming evidence against him and his colleagues, especially with those call logs he won’t easily escape. He had a very thick line to maneuver through if possible otherwise the probability of going to jail weighs more than staying out here.

  78. Comment Malizani Nkhani Imeneyi Timveko Zina

  79. ujeni says:

    This Kumwembe has been involved in armed robberies even in 2005? This is what we have been telling Malawi government, soldier and police personel have been doing armed robberies since Bakili came to power. Bakili liberalised stealing When DPP came to power, it became worse, especially with Lhomwes

  80. Zatikwana zithaliti? Comment

  81. John says:

    kASAMBARA ALI M’MADZI!!!!!!!!!!

  82. kavala says:

    This story is clearly a manufactured one. Why tender a gun that wasn’t used in the shooting?

  83. judy says:

    Kwacha kasambara

  84. kamvazina says:

    Ok so that was the gun ralph used to bandula sagwada za mphwiyo? Kiki

  85. kabumbu ka Getu says:

    Give us more stories please on these thugs. We enjoy them thanks Nyasatimes. You are great

  86. masoankhono says:

    jb abwere apereke umboni wake.akuziwapo kanthu zimachitika mu nthawi yake

  87. Bob says:

    Any firearm has unique cartilages if fired and ballistics experts can identify the date and corresponding time of the time of incident. The said firearm recovered should match the bullet found on MPhwiyo’s body

  88. lol says:

    Guys do we have president in this country. I very much doubt. Joyce Banda better than Peter Mutharika. Bingu wa Mutharika better than Bakili Muluzi, Joyce Banda. This Peter is a clueless president.

  89. kabumbu ka maria says:

    Ok so you just want to give compensation to Ralph? Useless government

  90. Tchende Mmbewu says:

    Kikikiki so ths is thetype of evidence and you expect them to be convicted?

  91. Tchende la chilinda says:

    Ine ndimayesa udalanda mfuti kwa kasambara kaya. Useless wasting our time

  92. Rchende la chilinda says:

    Uyo ndiye galu wa munthu. Mfuti imeneyo idagwira ntchito? Iwe mary kachale ndimayesa wanzeru

  93. tchende la pitala says:

    Mbuzi ya police. This is not the gun that was used? How relevant is it to present case if it wasn’t used?

  94. mphwiya James says:

    Garbage evidence. Who owns the gun? Why are tendering it on behalf of chalunda? You want to stereotype chalunda when he finally appears in court? Rubbish

  95. paul mphwiyo says:

    But the gun wasnt used? Iwe chilinda does this make any sense? The gun belongs to who? Who surrendered it to chalunda? Useless evidence. Cal logs? Do they show what was being discussed? Are these the only ones that are apoearing on the call logs? Why is this being tendered by police and not by airtel and TNM?

  96. Phwethulani says:

    Malizani khani imeneyi tatopanayo.Kodi ODI UKO ALIKUTI?Abwere nayeso adzayakhe mafuso aMalawi.Kusonyeza kuti adaba bwanji osakhala ku Malawi komkuno.

    1. nthandalanda says:

      Inu a Phwetulani, up to now you don’t even konw that she is engaged by UN? She is blessed and she is getting MK 2,000,000.00 per day more than 100 times, the president of the poorest country in the world gets in a month. So what? You are just waisting your time. Shut up your stinky mouth!

    2. Bob says:

      Zoona tatopa Nazo nkhani za Mphiyo just write us the final court Judgement. Give us new cashgate stories amene akuba pakali pano. Maleave grants, unremitted insurance money, loans etc,

    3. Chakwera says:

      iwe ndiye mbuzi JB is free leave her alone just concetrate on ur agogo profeśsor was here anagonabe mu cell and he is not a hero

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