Police in Lilongwe on Tuesday questioned lawyer Wapona Kita from Kita and Associates and some lawyers from Ralph and Annold Associates on the money laundering charge which former justice ministers Raphael Kasambara is answering.
According to police sources, Kita was questioned in the morning at Lilongwe Police Station.
This was confirmed by Kasambara – who was on Monday rearrested on money laundering charges.
“Only in Malawi Police guided by our learned DPP (Director of Public Prosecution) arrests then start investigating ……… Now questioning lawyers from R and A over Clients account Cheque,” Kasambara, former Justice Minister, who is currently on bail on alleged attempted murder of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo, wrote on his Facebook page.
However, Kita in an interview agreed that he went to Lilongwe Police Station but said it was on a totally different issue to that of Kasambara.
Kasambara is being charged with money laundering contrary to Section 35 of the Money Laundering Act.
Particulars of the offence say that on July 26 last year, a cheque (number 000304) amounting to K55 000 000 from International Procurement System (IPS) was deposited into account number 021000009811 of Ralph and Arnolds; NedBank City Centre Lilongwe suspected to be stolen money.
Kasambara said the transaction was done when he was a Cabinet minister and was no longer associated with the law firm in question.
The cheque is said to have belonged to Pika Manondo, who wanted to buy a house and had contacted Ralph and Arnolds to assist him.
Malawi Police Service (MPS) spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo was coy to give details.