Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Ralph Kasambara, sold his shares in his private practice Ralph & Arnold to concentrate on his government job.
One of the managing partners for the practice Wapona Kita said in an interview that Kasambara has no say on cases being handled by the firm because he is not part of it now that he is a government minister.
“He is out and out. He sold us his shares and we bought them,” said Kita.
“ He has no stake whatsoever in Ralph and Arnold Associates. We are maintaining the name of Ralph and Arnold Associates for goodwill purposes and that happens everywhere when you have such circumstances. I am now managing the firm together with my colleague, Jonathan Kara and other lawyers,” Kita told Nyasa Times.
The Attorney General also confirmed that the day he was appointed as Attorney General he lost his private law practice.
The Attorney General said: “all matters that I might have handled or been involved are dealt with by the Solicitor General.”
Kasambara came under heavy criticism after government committed to pay K20 million to five of his boys who were arrested alongside Kasambara in January this year on assault charges to assailants who had come to attack Kasambara at his office in Blantyre.
The incident happened during the last regime of Bingu Mutharika and the case against Kasambara and his boys were dropped by the new administration and Kasambara was appointed Minister of Justice and Attorney General.
Kasambara is on record to have withdrawn the case where he sued government for unlawful arrest while his boys went ahead with their cases and have been compensated K20 million.
This is the second time for Kasambara to sell shares in a private practice. He also did the same when the late Mutharika appointed him Attorney General in 2004 and sold his shares in a company he was running at that time called Lawson & Company.
He later on formed Ralph & Arnold when he was sacked by Mutharika.
Minister of Housing Henry Phoya also gave up his shares in a private law firm Raymond & Hughes when he was appointed into cabinet during the UDF regime. Raymond & Hughes is now being run by Alinane Kauka and his wife.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :