Chilumpha treason case to be dropped, hints AG

The treason case of Cassim Chilumpha who is now minister of Energy and Mining will be discontinued, the new Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Ralph Kasambara has hinted.

Chilumpha was arrested in 2006 when he was serving as vice-president to late President Bingu wa Mutharika for allegedly attempting to kill his boss.

He is being accused alongside businessperson, Yusuf Matumula who is also Mangochi South MP.

The case has dragged due to a number of factors, including several preliminary applications and a judicial review.

But when asked on popular Straight Talk interview programme on Capital FM by host Brian Banda, the Attorney General Kasambara said the case will be reviewed for “public interest.”

President Banda congratulates Minister of Energy Cassim Chilumpha after being sworn in. Photos by Fallys Ngalauka/Nyasa Times

He said the Ministry of Justice chambers will consider “how much has been spent” to prosecute the case and “how has it been dragged so long.”

Kasambara, nonetheless, said the case will be irrelevant as the new President Joyce Banda would not be interested with the matter which was highly regarded as political vendetta by late Mutharika.

“To the extent that it has pleased Her Excellency the President to appoint Hon Chilumpha into cabinet that tells a lot. She does not believe this matter to proceed further,” said Kasambara.

He stressed “the logic will be to discontinue” the case.

Kasambara however said he will wait to be guided by the Director of public Prosecution. Rosemary Kanyuka.

He said the new administration would not be interested to waste public resources on politically motivated case, saying “Malawians wants to see service delivery.”

Government hired barrister Anthony Barry (QC) from Britain who is leading a prosecution team comprising seasoned lawyers Patrice Nkhono and Pacharo Kayira.

Key State witness in the case are 45-year-old Thomas Elias Ndlovu and Graham Minaar an intelligence expert were paid money from government to implicate Chilumpha.

Ndlovu, who runs a security firm in South Africa, is on record testifying at the High Court that he was given R800, 000 for him and his family to relocate from his normal Johannesburg base in South Africa as part of government’s witness protection procedure.

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