31 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:04 AM
Mphwiyo shooting case: State happy with Kasambara’s sentence
The office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) has expressed satisfaction with the sentence handed to three convicts over their role in the attempted murder of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo.
On Tuesday, Judge Michael Mtambo sentenced Macdonald Kumwembe and Pika Manondo to 26 years in prison each while Malawi’s ex-Justice Minister Kasambara got 13 years over charges related to the shooting of Mphwiyo in 2013.
Manondo and Kumwembe were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment for attempted murder and 11 years for conspiracy to murder Mphwiyo making a total of 26 years behind bars.
Reacting on the sentence, the state through its lawyer Enoch Chibwana said they are happy with the ruling.
Before sentencing, defence lawyer Modechai Msiska pleaded for a lenient punishment arguing that Kasambara is a first offender and he has rendered legal services to the country.
After the convict was sentenced, Msiska said the defence will appeal against Kasambara’s conviction since the state failed to provide “valid” evidence on the case.
He also asked for bail in view of the fact that the three convicts are appealing against the conviction but DPP Mary Kachale objected bail application for Kasambara, Manondo, and Kumwembe considering the “seriousness” of the charges levelled against them.