Third suspect remanded: Mphwiyo back in ICU condition ‘serious but stable’

Third suspect in the shooting of Malawi Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo, was on Tuesday remanded to Maula prison in the capital, Lilongwe following a court to have his detention extended.

Dauka Manondo  was arrested  over the weekend after he reportedly deposited K300 000 into a bank account of one of the initial suspects, McDonald Kumwembe.

He appeared before the Lilongwe First Grade Magistrates court where the state applied for his continued detention.

First Grade Magistrate Patrick Chirwa ruled that Manondo remain in detention for the next 30 days.

Manondo being escorted to Maula Prison for remand
Manondo being escorted to Maula Prison for remand

Meanwhile, Nyasa Times correspondent  in South Africa, Ulemu Teputepu reports that Mphwiyo  is in a “serious condition” after he has returned to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a South African hospital barely days after bullets were removed from his body.

Doctors at Milpark Hospital in Sunhill, South Africa where he is being treated were doing everything they could to make Mphwiyo fit and well.

They have however said they could not estimate his rate of recovery.

Four bullets were removed from Mphwiyo’s body Mphwiyo was shot on the night of September 13 2013 as he drove into his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe in an attack suspected to be linked to his fight against corruption in the civil service.

When contacted for comment, Malawi High Commission health attaché confirmed that Mphwiyo has been returned to ICU and is in a critical condition.

However, he declined to give further details saying they needed to respect the privacy of Mphwiyo and his family.

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