Pika Manondo, the key suspect in the shooting of the Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo who has been placed on international police organisation Interpol’s wanted list, is hiding in the eastern country of Kenya.
Manondo, who is reported to have been hosted in Kenya by a man identified as Mr Ferdinard , has been communicating with his ‘God-father’ in Malawi believed to be a former minister ever since the later was put on Interpol alert on September 28, 2013.
According to a Call Log accessed by Nyasa Times, the ‘God-father’ using his private cell phone number (+265) 99 2 368 031 first contacted Manondo through a cell phone number +254 738962186 on October 15, 2013 where they talked for 61 minutes.
Then the master was calling Manondo constantly from this day at one point talking for duration of 975 minutes on October 19, 2013.
On October 20, 2013, the Call Log shows the God-father’s number called Manondo’s four times.
The two also talked twice on the following day, October 21, 2013 with the calls originating from Malawi’s number.
The Call Log also shows the master’s number calling Manondo on October 22, 2013 three times.
The two also spoke four times on October 24 and 25, 2013 before again talking on October 26, 2013 for 13 times.
The Call Log shows that the God-father and Manondo Nyasa Times spoke on October 27, 2013 almost six times.
Insiders confided to Nyasa Times that the Call Log exposes the link between a former minister (name withheld for now) and Manondo and how the former minister may have influenced the shooting of Mphwiyo.
“They could spend 975 minutes talking and sometimes calling him 13 times in a day, what were they discussing? We hope the authorities will look into this aspect as well,” said the source who furnished with the call logs.
Manondo has been on the run since Mphwiyo was shot as he entered the gate of his house in the sprawling suburbs of Area 43 in Lilongwe on September 13, 2013.
Police conducted a search at the house of Kasambara in Lilongwe last week where they were looking for evidence in connected with the same shooting of Mphwiyo.
Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting government said he was targeted because of his fight against corruption and fraud, but other reports have revealed an existence of a syndicate that has been swindling government through illegal encashment of government cheques.
Other reports have indicated that the shooting was a result of a deal gone sour and linked the incident to senior government officials including ministers.
The allegations of corruption and embezzlement have been a setback for President Joyce Banda, who has been on a drive to restore donor confidence in one of Africa’s poorest nations.
Banda, who faces an election next year, has won acclaim in the West for austerity measures and moves to bolster the economy of the aid-dependent Malawi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :