Kasambara updates Facebook status from Police cell: ‘Charge is conspiracy to shoot Mphwiyo’

Malawi’s former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara arrested on Friday over the September shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo updated his Facebook status from his Blackberry  mobile phone to say he had not been interrogated.

Kasambara, who was arrested in the early morning of Friday,  updated his status later in the day at 15: 07 saying “Lilongwe is too hot today!!!!!”

He later commented on the status, saying: “I was [not] arrested in Mzuzu. I was at Area 10  (Lilongwe) when police came to ask me to accompany them to Kanengo police. I drove in my white Fortuner. No police officer has interrogated me. Charge is conspiracy to shoot Mphwiyo.”

There was mixed reaction from his Facebook friends where by others mocked him by laughing at the status and others praised him for being a strong person by posting a status while in a police cell.

Kasambara: On Facebook from police cell

Hahaha Abwana apa muli kuti kaya?” wondered one of his friend named Jethro Wa Memory Nkhoma.

” I thought you were in the cooler?” joked James Tauzine and Nyasa Times editor Thom Twee  Chiumia asked Kasambara on whether he updated his status “from the confines of police cell.”

Others joked by asking the top lawyer if he is in need of airtime to continue posting Facebook status while in cell.

“Ralph ndi Ralph basi!” ( Ralph is Ralph no matter what) wrote Takondwa Priscilla Chalira.

“Do they allow Iphones at Kanango Police Cell? Or it’s your wife using your gadgets?” wondered Chauncy Mopho Jere

Police spokesman Kelvin Maigwa said they arrested Kasambara over a failed assassination attempt on the Budget Director.

“We have gathered evidence which suggests that Mr Kasambara was involved in the shooting,” said Maigwa.

President Joyce Banda said the shooting of l Mphwiyo was aimed as silencing the fight against high levels of fraud.

Mphwiyo, 37, was flown to South Africa for medical treatment after the shooting.

He is now out of hospital, but has not returned home.

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