Cash Gate Kingpin Paul Mpwiyo Bail Revocation Hearing Set For Today-Joyce Banda Still In Exile
The High Court in Lilongwe will today hear an application by the State to revoke the bail of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo, one of the accused persons in the K2.4 billion Cashgate case.
The State through one of its private hired prosecutor, Enoch Chibwana had applied to the court to consider revoking the bail of Mphwiyo, claiming that the suspect has been intimidating prosecution witnesses not to testify against him in the case.
In his sworn affidavit to the court, Chibwana said among other witnesses that Mphwiyo is allegedly intimidated not to testify are the already testified witnesses Leonard Kalonga and chief economist Daniel Jenya.
The court which was to hear the application on Wednesday , failed to start the hearing after the lawyers for Mphwiyo asked the court for more time to prepare their submissions as the State served them some documents late.
Presiding judge Esmie Chombo granted the wish of the defence by adjourning the hearing to Friday morning when the State issue to make it’s application and defence is expected to respond to it.
One of the defence lawyer Shadreck Mhango of KD Freemans has since said they are finalizing everything to defend their client saying they are not taking it lightly as the application has implications on many other issues
Mphwiyo, former accountant general David Kandoje and one Auzius Kazombo-Mwale and convicted civil servant Maxwell Namata denied various counts, including conspiracy to defraud, theft by a public servant, theft by a servant, negligence and money laundering, among others.
Others who pleaded not guilty to related charges were Steven Phiri, George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda, Andrews Chilalika, Clemence Madzi, Rosevelt Ndovi, businessperosn Stanford Mpoola, Fatch Chungano, Cecilia Ng’ambi, Gerald Magaleta Phiri and Ndaona Satema.
Businessperson Limumba Karim remains at large after absconding from prosecution and reportedly is in South Africa.