Kasambara ‘victim of PP witch-hunt’: Scapegoat for Malawi cashgate

Former minister of Justice Raphael Kasambara, who is currently facing money laundering charges and attempted murder charge of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo, is a victim of witch-hunting by People’s Party (PP), according to his supporters in his Nkhata Bay North-West constituency.

The supporters voiced this when they held demonstrations against his re-arrests on money laundering charge.

Supporters led by former PP Nkhata Bay North-West district Chairperson Manfred Lungu, said Kasambara is victim of a witch hunt orchestrated by President Joyce Banda in a bid to cover-up cashgate scandal and shield the key and also to bar Kasambara from contesting as MP in the constituency.

Kasambara: Zomba mafia is behind cashgate
Kasambara: Zomba mafia is behind cashgate

Lungu declared that people in the constituency will vote for Kasambara” no matter how much they fight him”

But PP spokesperson Ken Msonda has dismissed the accusation saying Kasambara’s arrest is not politically motivated.

Kasambara has since accused government shielding Mphwiyo and businessman Osward Lutepo from cashgate prosecution.

He made the claim to journalists at Lilongwe Magistrates Court last Wednesday before the High Court on Friday gaged him from commenting on the case.

Kasambara said he has been made a scapegoat in the fallout of Cashgate scandal but maintained that his conscious is clear.

“We should first be told that Lutepo stole the money at MDF (Malawi Defence Force) and then perhaps gave the illegal money to Pika (Manondo). But how could Pika have known that the money was illegally obtained. Why it is that government is not telling us that money was stolen at MDF? The charges against me are vague. Its harassment and a political gimmick. They are failing to prove the shooting charges and now want to implicate me in the mud of looting,” said Kasambara.

“You go to Area 30 (Police headquarters), you find several vehicles of people seized. Why haven’t Lutepo’s vehicles not been taken from him? Why is he being given VIP treatment? Why is Paul Mphwiyo just roaming in the streets and not being charged with money laundering? Why is he not even suspended from work? Lutepo and Mphwiyo were at the centre of the looting,” alleged Kasambara.

Kasambara revealed that Cashgate scheme was the brainchild of the “Zomba Mafia” who decided how to loot the State and allocated certain people positions in government to facilitate the financial malfeasance.

Director of Public Prosecutions Bruno Kalemba has denied that the State was shielding Mphwiyo or Lutepo .

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