Mphwiyo shooting: Kasambara, Manondo, Kumwembe to be sentenced next month

Ralph Kasambara

Malawi’s former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and McDonald Kumwembe who have been found guilty of conspiracy to murder former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo in 2013 will be sentenced on, August 22, 2016 the Judiciary has indicated.

Kasambara who has indicated he will appeal against his conviction, was guilty of conspiracy to murder Mphwiyo while Manondo and Kumwembe were found guilty of the attempted murder of the former budget director.

Lilongwe High Court Judge Micheal Mtambo found the three guilty last week.

Ralph Kasambara
Kasambara: Awaits sentencing with his two other co-accused.

According to Judiciary Spokerperson, Mlenga Mvula the state is expected to make its final sub-mission on August 15, 2016.

It was widely believed that Mphwiyo’s shooting was linked to a fallout among corrupt officials who were exploiting loopholes in former President Joyce Banda’s government accounting system to siphon off vast sums of public money in a syndicate popularly known cashgate.

Subsequent days led to a lot of civil servants being found with huge sums of money lacking proper documentation on how they got the money.

The scandal started when an accounts assistant in the Ministry of Environment, Victor Sithole, was found with huge amounts of money not in consistence with his monthly income.

This was later compounded with the shooting of the former budget director on September 13, 2013.



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