Former minister of information and also ex- Peoples Party (PP) southern region vice president Brown Mpinganjira, popularly known as BJ, has told the High Court in Lilongwe that he was receiving telephone calls threatening him to becareful on what he is going to say in court as witness in the ongoing case of attempted murder of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.
Mpinganjira, who was testifying in court as court witness, said this when Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mary Kachale was cross examining him and asked if his refusal to implicate former Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara SC had nothing to do with the threats he was receiving.
But Mpinganjira told the court that the threats he was receiving not linking with Kasambara as the caller were only warning him to becareful on who he associates with and also to watch his mouth when he is going to court as a witness.
He said he reported the matter to Southern region police commissioner who gave him some senior police officers to help him and he treated the threats as something not to do with Kasambara.
Mpinganjira told the court that apart from the calls he was receiving, he had been receiving strangers at his home when it was reported in the media that he is going to testify in court on the case.
But Mpinganjira, a self-style evangelist, boasted in court that he is fearless as his life is in the hands of Jesus Christ and that no one can play with him.
When he was asked to explain the nature of the threats, Mpinganjira said the callers at one point demanded cash from him as they were impersonating as Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) director Lucas Kondowe and other caller impersonated Justice Michael Mtambo – presiding the case.
According to Mpinganjira the impersonators have been arrested.
Meanwhile, the State continues with cross examining second accused person Pika Manondo as they dwell much on his involvement during Peoples Party 2012 convention and MCP convention plus his K300, 000 deposits into the account of McDonald Kumwembe on the 30th August, 2013.
But Nyasa Times has in possession a bank statement which was brought to court by the National Bank upon court order from Senior Grade Magistrate warrant to investigate the account of Kumwembe.
According to the bank statement from National Bank On 19th September, 2013 to the state showed that as of 6 August, 2013 the account had close to K4. 734,664.49 (K4.7 million) and as the date they were issuing the statement, Kumwembe account had aK3, 675,038.15 (K3.6 million).
Manondo has notified the court that some of his witnesses are Kondwani Ndovi the one who donated batches, T shirts and laptop bags to MCP on their behalf and another Airtel Engineer to speak on call logs .Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :