Court rebuffs DPP plea on bail revocation: Mphwiyo shooting case

Malawi High Court Judge Micheal Mtambo has refused to revoke bail of suspects in the attempted murder case of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Kachale; Revoke bail plea rejected

Kachale; Revoke bail plea rejected

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale , who had earlier withdrawn the application on grounds that it was overtaken by events, re-applied for bail revocation of the suspects including former Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara who is representing himself in the case.

Kachale’s application was based on fears that the accused were threatening state witnesses, particularly Charles Chalunda.

The DPP, who accused the defence of applying ‘mafia-like operations’, submitted before Judge Ntambo a four hour recording in which Chalunda confessed that he was being threatened.

However, the Judge who called Chalunda being eccentric in the recording said the evidence failed to prove the case.

He said the witness failed to identify who exactly was threatening him.

Chalunda disowned his recorded voice and also disclaimed his first affidavit despite telling the court it was correct.

Other suspects in the shooting of Mphwiyo case include Pika Manando, Dauka Manondo, Robert Kadzuwa and Macdonald Kumwembe.

Mphwiyo’s shooting at the gate of his Area 43 residence opened a can of worms into the plunder of government resources at Capital Hill in what has been dubbed Cashgate.

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Vavlov, how does someone with confidence appear? please do not judge a book by its cover, is it a gender issue which is bothering you? Mary Kachale is a learned person and you have no idea how difficult it is to obtain any University Qualification… you sound like a brute to me who has no respect for education, whose value you fail to appreciate,, use your brain dude, and not your eyes for rational thinking…. go back to school!


DPP Mary Kachale inherited a case that was badly built by the former team in that office. this is confirmed by state witnesses turning against government. The long period taken to start court proceedings has also lost case texture for government. let us not squarely heap all the blame on Mary Kachale

Miko banda

Lets wait & c pple


First round 2-0. Let us wait for the 2nd and final round. The DPPs office needs some serious reorganisation here.


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My affidative that this is a political case lays on ur comment here.

u want the defence team to be found guiltywhile u hav few evidence b4 them.

follow the procedure of court then muxikuwa bwino.

shanaloli njoka

Kasambara and the crew atafunenso tax payers money Pano pamene ma tax payers ali mbuu ndi umphawi.You can tell from her facial appearance that this Kachale woman is scared and not confident.The only word she kept repeating was’Mafia like’ with no facts but just being emotional.Such positions needs people made of leather hide skin.Ma compensation ena for the tax payers za zii.

Prophet Justice

Vavlov, getting a highly competent prosecutor on goverment side isn’t easy. As of now, I only know Matemba-the current Deputy Director at ACB who is not fully utilised because of politicisation of ACB cases

jean jella

Mary is out depth. She can’t fight kasambara, kita and mwakhwawa.. mutharika goofed by appointing a very incompetent dpp. Now we the taxpayers will compensate kasambara millions


The photo of Kachale lady shows someone without confidence. Does Malawi’s justice system really work? It appears to me that those in influential position can get away without conviction. Does she have the requisite intellect and experience to prove conviction of seasoned thieves and lawyers like Kasambala? She look too miserable, I wonder how competent she is.

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