Witnesses in the ongoing Paul Mphwiyo murder have differed on whether the former budget director Mphwiyo had a meeting with the then Malawi’s Justice Minister Raph Kasambara on the day of Mphwiyo’s shooting.
Earlier on, former housemaid for Kasambara, Jessie Mussa, testified in court that on this fateful day, she saw Mphwiyo arriving at Kasambara’s residential place with a bag containing huge sums of money.
On the contrary, Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa told the court during Thursday’s proceedings that it was unlikely for the two to have met on the day.
On her part, Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) director in the department of banking and currency management Mercy Kumbatira told the court about the discussion between RBM, accountant general, treasury, and economic affairs directorate over an increase in expenditures.
“On September 9, 2013 government called for a meeting with RBM to discuss domestic borrowing figures because of the significant increase in domestic borrowing reflected in the domestic borrowing (DOMBO) table.”
“During the meeting government wanted to understand what had triggered the increase in the domestic borrowing, RBM explained that from analysis, there were some huge payments that had been made in respect of military spending and payment of arrears,” she said.
She added that at the meeting Mphwiyo expressed awareness on the issue but maintained that domestic borrowing was still too high even after taking the factors into account.
Meanwhile, the case will continue from January 27 to 29 when Pika Manondo will be defending himself whilst the cashgate convict Oswald Lutepo and politician Brown Mpinganjira will testify.