Kasambara’s arrest imminent

The arrest of former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara is imminent, sources close to the investigations have told Nyasa Times.

Kasambara, whose house was searched in the early hours of Friday, was dropped in October from cabinet by President Joyce Banda in what sources say was to pave way for investigations following the attempted murder of budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

“We are getting close to establishing how he [Kasambara] was connected to all this and this is one of the reasons why we searched his houses on Friday,” said one of the investigators.

According to Deputy National Police spokesperson, Kevin Maigwa, police were looking for a car suspected to have been used during the shooting of budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Ralph Kasambara: House searched, nothing found

“Through our Investigations we gathered that there is a vehicle which Mr Pika Manondo used (in the operation to shoot Mphwiyo),” said Maigwa. “We will get to the bottom of the whole issue.”

Asked if Kasambara was wanted for arrest, Maigwa was evasive: “I cannot say anything about that as of now.”

However, Kasambara said he has not been interviewed by any police officer on the matter and remains with clear conscious.

Mphwiyo was shot in the face on September 13 and was airlifted to South Africa where he is still receiving treatment.

Last month a team of police investigators were sent to South Africa to question Mphwiyo and to hear his side of the shooting story.

Meanwhile, police are also closing in on Pika Manodo who they believe is key to Kasambara’s involvement in the whole shooting saga.

According to sources, Mphwiyo has indicated that he is willing to testify when he returns this month.

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