Kasambara appeal case documents go missing: Case adjourned until after 28 days for lawyers to resolves issues

Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that the appeal case for  former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and McDonald Kumwembe is not ready for hearing as there are no skeleton arguments and that some documents are missing in the records of 12 volumes that are before court.

Kasambara: Appeal hearing adjourned
Mphwiyo:Gun shot survivor
Manondo: In jail but appealing

 

High Court Judge Michael Mtambo: Handed a lenghty prison sentence to Kasambara and his two accomplices

The Supreme Court in Lilongwe was on Wednesday set to start hearing an appeal for conviction of Kasambara, Manondo and Kumwembe who were jailed in 2016 in connection to attempted murder of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

The absence of Kumwembe and Manondo  at the appeal hearing also forced the court to order that matter is not ready.

The court has since ordered the parties to resolve the issues raised in the next 28 days.

Kasambara was granted bail on March 14 2018 by Supreme Court of Appeal Judge Dunstain Mwaungulu after spending a year and seven months in prison.

He was convicted to 13 years for conspiracy to murder  gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo.

In his judgement in 2018, Mwaungulu observed that there seemed to be an apparent contradiction on finding Kasambara not guilty of the attempted murder charge, but finding him guilty of the conspiracy to murder.

Kasambara, who served as minister in the Joyce Banda administration, was jailed by High Court judge Michael Mtambo for conspiracy to murder in a crime linked to a multi-billion kwacha corruption ring christened as Cashgate.

During that trial, Kasambara had made application for judge Mtambo to recuse himself from the case as he feared the judge could make his determination based on a personal vandettta. But Mtambo refused to opt out and went on to convict and jail Kasambara.

Some legal experts say it is clear that Kasambara will be acquitted on appeal and get his professional life back to normal as Senior Councel and one of Malawi’s brilliant legal minds.

Gunshot survivor Mphwiyo is also answering to money laundering charges in relation to Cashgate.

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Zio ine
Zio ine
4 months ago

Not surprising documents for the mafia to miss. Next things witnesses will e killed. This man has never been brilliant and only buys judges and we know kapanda has received money because he has been seen with him at airport bar in chileka

Dorothy
Dorothy
4 months ago

Mtambo wagwanayo umaona ngati ndiwe Shasha

John chidongo
4 months ago

You mean the whole Malawi society is still not keeping documents electronically? As powerful organizations as it is in Malawi. Ndavomereza that it’s one of the poorest countries in the world. Komatu zipezeke kuti tione kuti zithera pati. Komanso mulandu woyamba yamba kutenga zaka zaka usanathe. Komanso Kasambalayo asaiwale kuwatchulanso Joyce Banda. Kukhala kulowa akalowere limodzi.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
4 months ago

utsilu eti.
and the court staff get paid for this stupidity ideology . TAX PAYERS’ MONEY.
OKZ IF SALARY WAS FROM KASAMBALA HIMSELF.
kapena ma ARV samupaysa ku prison ko akuopa kufa????
JB BOY. MXIIII

Mhone
Mhone
4 months ago

Loya woipitsitsa ameneyuyu Ralph Kasambara!

Mwaziona
Mwaziona
4 months ago

Just revoke bail, those documents will be found

Observer
Observer
4 months ago

Basi angobwelera kundende angogwiritsa ntchito what we know that that in the missing documents anapezeka olakwa. Ndiponso paja bail imeneyi aliyense anadabwa nayo

Khekhi
Khekhi
5 months ago

Mafia lawyer has entered the chat

Okay
Okay
5 months ago

Convicted Senior counsel’s file can’t just go missing. Kalipo kalipo

Chisale
Chisale
5 months ago

2020, Malawi cannot back up any important documents. Real joke of a country. This is a classic case of paying someone to destroy evidence. Why not store them electronically and who so ever logs in, his/her foot prints are recorded. We remain a corrupt nation, with corrupt people.

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