Gunshot survivor Mphwiyo wants judge Chombo out of Cashgate case

Former budget director at the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo wants  judge presiding over the Cashgate case he is accused with 14 others, Esmie Chombo, to be out because  her contract expired as a judge.

Mphwiyo queries judge Chombo’s contract

Mphwiyo is a Cashgate gunshot survivor who was shot at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013 during the administration of Joyce Banda.

Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs under the Joyce Banda administration, Ralph Kasambara, businessperson Pika Manondo, Dauka Manondo, Robert Kadzuwa and McDonald Kumwembe were convicted and jailed on Mphwiyo’s attempted murder.

Kasambara was, however, released on bail from prison after he applied and fought for it pending appeal in the Supreme Court of his conviction and sentence.

Mphwiyo’s shooting opened a can of worms of what widely came to be known as Cashgate—the plundering of public funds at the seat of government, Capital Hill.

In the case, Mphiyo is being  accused of embezzling the K2.4 billion public funds in 2013, with others also facing charges of  conspiracy to defraud government, holding property of government, theft and money laundering that include  David Bill Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi, Roosevelt Ndovi, George N. Banda, Steve Likhuya Phiri, Michael Mphatso, Samuel  Mzanda, Stanford Mpoola, Syphathy Chisale, Fatch Chiungano, Andrews Chilalika, Cecilia Ng’ambi and Ndaona Satema.

Two accused persons in the matter died; Maxwell Namata and Lumumba Karim.

Now the 15 have argued that  Chombo had her contract expired as a judge.

They also complain that their trial was continuing in disregard of Covid-19 guidelines the Judiciary put in place, with the case running from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm in a room that holds over 20 people each day for weeks.

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Wakwiya ndi kadeti
5 months ago

In Malawi, the wheels of justice have no tires and the justice system in bogged down. It’s almost 8 years since Paul was arrested. Kalonga was convicted and served his sentence and now at his home. The main player in the cashgate is still enjoying drinks, pizzas, suits etc. A Chakwera you said you would increase the number of judges, what the hell are they doing? What the hell is the DPP (not cadets) Steve Kayuni doing? Are you protecting thieves just like APM did?

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
5 months ago

Send this thief to jail.he is a big thief

Atokwene
Atokwene
5 months ago

Am quite surprised to read or hear that this case is still in court since 2013? Are we really serious as Malawians to fight the Vice? You mean judges can drag the case for 8 years? The longer the case takes the more evidence gets destroyed and the likely chance that justice will not be delivered to either parties. The suspects have been psychologically traumatized. No wonder two others died mid way the trail. If we don’t have enough evidence against Paulo And others why not discharge or discontinue the case ?

Moya
Moya
5 months ago

With some of the accused dead i see all fingers pointing at the dead ones. That’s what happens when justice takes long to be delivered. Who is to blame for this delay? Someone needs to pay for this delay. Is it the judiciary? ACB? Or political leadership? Let’s find the culprit and fix it.

Goat Gambino
Goat Gambino
5 months ago

Heeee Kodi mlandu uwu ulipobe 🙆

Mulopwana
5 months ago

Be fair ti justice. How can a case run for 8 years pleaaseeee! Is either people loss track of the case by developing event, presiding gudge dies, witness develop relationship with the accussed , pple retire, loss of flow of events by the gudge and a hodes of other reasons to frastrate delivery of justice. Please be fair to Malawians, accussed and justice itself

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
5 months ago
Reply to  Mulopwana

ndi momwe maboma athu amatyuzila anthu wambafe
ife kupanga magobo ndalama iwo kumakangotapa. si mphwiyo amapita every weekend ky Joburg kumakamwera mowa wa ma pub akumeneko aja awa. kuno kunalibe ma l pub a ma levulo ao.
zidzukulu za joice banda zimenezo.
mlandu wa litilo mwati???? kununkha eti

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