Kasambara ‘freed’

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Supreme court grants bail to cashgate suspect, Ralph Kasambara, pending an appeal of his conviction.

Former minister of justice Ralph Kasambara was handed a 13 year jail sentence in August 2016 on the count of conspiring to murder former budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Ralph Kasambara

Kasambara leaving jail (file pic)

Supreme Court Judge, Dustan Mwaungulu, presided over the bail ruling.

Kasambara was convicted alongside former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier Macdonald Kumwembe  and businessperson Pika Manondo who faced a separate charge of attempting to murder the former budget director.

However, the judge denied Manondo and Kumwembe bail pending an appeal. The two convicts will remain in custody until the conclusion of the appeal.

Mphwiyo’s shooting at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe is believed to have exposed Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

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  1. the judge seems to have prophesised that the outcome of Kasambaras case will succeed. where in justice is this done before a case is held. what was the business that Kasambara and his co accused discussing at odd hours and with that duration if you look at call logs. it was unusual because previously before the incidence they never spoke at such odd hours and with that duration. to commit a felony one needs not to be at the scene of crime. this man was supposed to be convicted on circumstancial evidence. too many coincidences. the judges ruling even raises question of how justice favours the rich and famous. why should others be sent to jail while their co accused is released.

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