Luciano Chiumbuza, a state witness in the Paul Mphwiyo attempted murder case has contradicted statements by first accused Mcdonald Kumwembe that he was using Kumwembe’s phone on the day Mphwiyo was shot.
First accused Kumwembe, second accused Pika Manondo, and former minister Ralph Kasambara are answering charges of attempting to murder former budget director Mphwiyo.
Kumwembe’s friend Chiumbuza, appeared in court on Monday as a state witness. Chiumbuza claimed that he has known Kumwembe since early 1980s but last met him in 2006.
The witness also claimed that he has been living in South Africa since 2011 and returned to Malawi for the first time in January this year.
Through his testimony in December, Kumwembe said he was in Mozambique when Mphwiyo was shot and left his phone with Chiumbuza so that he should communicate with Pika Manondo on business issues.
The first accused also told the court that Chiumbuza met Manondo in Dedza on September 14.
Kumwembe’s phone was used to communicate with Manondo in Malawi until September 14.
However, Chiumbuza denied keeping Kumwembe’s phone on the day Mphwiyo was shot saying he was in South Africa at that time. He also denied meeting Manondo in Dedza and claimed that he has never met the second accused in his life.
The witness further told the court that he does not have a passport since he lost it during the xenophobic attacks in South Africa and said he returned to Malawi using temporary travel documents which he also lost.
The state through Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale wanted to parade more witnesses to collaborate what Chiumbuza had said but the three suspects asked for adjournment so that they should analyze today’s testimony.
Judge Michael Mtambo has since adjourned the case to Tuesday May 10.