Overwhelming evidence against Kasambara – Justice Minister

There is “overwhelming” objective evidence against former justice minister  Ralph Kasambara  that was  involved in the shooting of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo,  the Minister of Justice Fahad Assani has disclosed.

Assani disclosed that the case  of  Mphwiyo shooting  will commence on February 5.

He challenged that much as Kasambara is touted as one of the top lawyers in the country, the evidence they’ve against him is “overwhelming” and incriminating against him.

Kasambara:  Accused of being behind the shooting of Mphwiyo
Kasambara: Accused of being behind the shooting of Mphwiyo
Mphwiyo ;  Gun-shot survivor
Mphwiyo ; Gun-shot survivor
Assani : Overwhelming evidence against Kasambara
Assani : Overwhelming evidence against Kasambara

“Law is all about [objective material] evidence,” he noted.

Kasambara is one of the prime suspects in the attempted murder of Budget Director, Mphwiyo who was shot in the face three times as he was about to enter his house in Lilongwe in September this year.

Speaking during Zodiak Radio’s  Tiwuzeni Zowona programme on Sunday 26 January, 2014, Assani who once served as  Director of Public Prosecution said Kasambara will face the law no matter what.

Asked to comment that the State will be dealing with one of the prominent and shrewd lawyers, Assani downplayed that saying justice tips   the balance in favor of overwhelming evidence.

“We have good lawyers here in Malawi who are also better than Kasambara. We can’t spend sleepless night thinking about Kasambara.

“People think he is the best lawyer because he always makes noise. But I can assure you that he has also lost many cases in his career as  a lawyer,” said Assani.

He added: “Cleverness and law are two different things and I promise that he is going to face the rule of law.”

Kasambara told Lilongwe Magistrate Court that he would want the country’s President Joyce Banda, State House official Cecilia Kumpukwe (a sister to President Banda), Minister of Information Brown Mpinganjira,  ruling Peoples  Party spokesman Hophmally Makande and Prophet Elias Gama in the witness dock.

Commenting on that, Assani said it will be up to court to decide if the request is indeed valid, saying that stage will be towards conclusion of the case when Kasambara will be asked to defend himselves is he has case to answer or not.

Assani said the gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo is a key witness in the case and already submitted that he saw Kasambara before he was shot.

“The fortunate part of it is that Mphwiyo himself is the witness. He saw Kasambara on his fateful day so I don’t think there will be a need to bring president Banda in the court to be witness on a case which is already straightforward,” he said.

On Sunday, Kasambara took to Facebook to trash Assani’s comments, saying: “If they had good evidence why are they hiding CCTV recording, call logs? Why are they still bugging Dauka Manondo and Pika Manondo with offers as late as yesterday ”

Manondo brothers were arrested in connection the same case. Dauka was released on bail, while Pika remains on remand at Kasungu prison.

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