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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Aferazao
Guest

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.

jobat Mwendenge
Guest

Tamusiyeni Chilinda without his breakthrough KAYA musova kwinako

yambani mulemba
Guest

Mphwiyo wandipweteketsa ndikuba kwakoko

milimbo
Guest

Ok tizimva za boma after cross exam

ku
Guest

ikanakhala film ndikanangoleka kuonele mwe|

chejali
Guest

M’pwiya mahule aja inali cushgateeee etioiiiiiiiiii

msukwa
Guest

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

msukwa
Guest

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

Makape
Guest

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

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

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