This is getting interesting! The shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo has always been feared to have been a result of a corrupt deal turned sour and the ongoing trial is bringing some interesting information lending credence to that with the latest being lawyer Ralph Kasambara’s ex-domestic worker revealing her former boss and gun-shot survivor met on the day Mphwiyo was shot.
It is believed Mphwiyo was about to expose a corruption syndicate, and in the wake of his attempted murder, police raids targeting several high-level officials uncovered wads of cash hidden in their cars and homes.
Jesse Mussa Kafuwe, who worked as a domestic worker at Kasambara’s residence in Lilongwe, told the High Court in Lilongwe when she testified as prosecution witness that Mphwiyo and the former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs at the time, exchanged bags during their meeting.
She also told the court that Kasambara drove out with Pika Manondo on the evening in a Mercedes Benz which in the morning was found parked in an unusual space behind the servants’ quarters at the senior counsel’s residence.
Kafuwa told the court that, Patrick Gada who she described as a friend to Kasambara, asked her to keep registration plates of the vehicle outside the house
The witness told the court that she saw Mphwiyo, who was identified to him by Kasambara’s wife later, bringing out a bag which he later took back to the vehicle but without its contents.
“I later found a bag in their [Kasambaras’] bedroom as I was cleaning which was out of place, I tried to put it back but it was too heavy. When I opened to check why it was heavy, I found there was money. I did not count because it seemed like a lot of money,” she testified.
After she was sacked, Kasambara’s wife allegedly warned Kafuwe by telephone not to say anything about the happenings at the Kasambara residence, especially about number plates of the Mercedes Benz and Kasambara’s connection to the Mphwiyo shooting.
Kasambara is representing himself in answering charges of attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder alongside Kumwembe who Mphwiyo identified as the shooter, DaukaManondo, PikaManondo, Robert Kadzuwa and businessperson Cashgate suspect Osward Lutepo.
Mphwiyo had identified Kasambara and Manondo as two of the five people who approached him at the gate of his Area 43 house before a man, identified as Macdonald Kumwembe, fired shots at him.
He told the court, presided over by Justice Michael Mtambo, that Kasambara and others had given him “ten days to live” unless he honoured certain government payments.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :