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Archive for January, 2014

90.5million bail bond for Raphael Kasambala and PS Njanje

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The Lilongwe High Court on Friday afternoon granted bail to former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara.

The suspended Peoples Party official was released on a bail bond of MK10.5 million.

According to one of the defence lawyers, Wapona Kita, his client is free on several bail conditions including; MK500 thousand cash and 2 sureties of MK10 million each but not cash.

Kita disclosed that among the conditions, one Mr Kasambara has been encouraged to be a man of good behavior. The lawyer hinted that the Court’s ruling may have been as a result of a concern raised by the Director of Public Prosecution earlier on the same day that Kasambara should stop commenting on
his case through the media and social network.

In a related development, the same court has released on MK80 million bail bond Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Jostler Njanje.

According to his lawyer, Njanje has been bonded at MK30 million non cash and other 2 sureties of MK25 million and full discloser of his personal assets.

The two, Kasambara and Njanje were arrested on Monday on money laundering charges.

Both suspects were not in court when their bail was being granted as they remained at Lilongwe Police Station where they were being held.

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(PS)Njanje in black suit confiding with his lawyer

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Cashgate Trials Underway in Lilongwe

Cashgate trials that commenced on Tuesday, 28 January 2014, are underway at the Lilongwe High Court. The case has attracted the attention of almost all media organizations around the world. Over 30 media organizations have arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi’s Capital.

Over 70 people implicated in the Cashgate face criminal charges if the courts find them guilty. Most of the suspects, who are currently on bail pleaded not guilty to the charges. Top government officials, PP party die-hards and business men and women have been involved in the financial scam.

The trials are part of an agreement between government and the donor community to start prosecuting the suspects if $150 million meant for budgetary support is to be released. Cashgate is one of the high level cases that have happened in the People’s Party led regime.

Former Justice Minister sends back Police Officers

Five police vehicles at 5.30 am of Monday, 27 January 2014, stormed former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara’s Lilongwe residence. He denied them entry saying he was still asleep. At 7.30am he met them and they showed him a warrant of arrest for money laundering.

Just few minutes after the arrest of former justice Minister Raphael Kasambara, SC, this blogger understands that he is back to his house. This comes as police are working on another warrant of arrest. According to a police source, they have wrongly spelled his name on the document instead of recording Rapheal Kasambara they had put Ralph Kasambara on which Kasambara has challenged them. He rebuffed them, saying he was not the one whose name was on the warrant of arrest. This turn of events saw the police officers returning without their suspect. Police are currently working on another warrant and the might pick him anytime soon.

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Malawi Worried Of Its Nationals Killed In South Africa

Malawi Embassy in South Africa has condemned the increased violence against its citizens who are based in the country.

This follows the death of Charles Jimmy Makako who was stabbed by his South African wife (name withheld) after picking a quarrel over family matters.

According to eye witnesses Makako was stabbed three times by his wife and his in-law on January 4th 2014 when they disagreed over financial issues. The wife is said to have demanded additional child maintenance fee which the deceased deemed too much.

Speaking in an interview, Malawi Ambassador Stella Ndau said she was concerned with the increase of such incidences. Ndau also complained to the South Africa government and the police to put measures in place to curb such malpractice.

Speaking in a separate interview a Mr Bengo from the South Africa National Prosecution Authority said they are ready to oppose any bail application for the suspect so that it should be as a lesson to other perpetrators.

The suspects are expected to appear in court tomorrow Thursday January 16 2014 for a possible bail application.

Malawi Embassy staff are expected to attend the court hearing in order to make a proper follow up on the matter.

Meanwhile the deceased child is in custody of Malawi Embassy as both the wife and his brother are behind bars.

Thawel Makawa a brother to the deceased described the death as a big loss to the family.

“This is a huge loss not only to the family and Malawi as a nation but also to South Africa as a country. We will miss his hard work and skills that contributed significantly to the development of that country’’ he said amid sobs.

Makawa born in January 10, 1976 hailed from Nzandu village T/A Nsabwe in Thyolo his remains were laid to rest on Sunday January 12, 2014.

Global Health Corps CEO Barbara Bush to Visit Malawi

USA Embassy in Lilongwe says Global Health Corps Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Bush is scheduled to visit Malawi from next week.

In a Press statement the Public Affairs Section of the Embassy says the daughter of USA Former President, George W Bush will visit Malawi as part of her tour of visiting East and Southern Africa, respectively.

During her visit she is expected to participate in a mid-year fellow retreat, aimed at highlighting the importance of young leadership achievements in global health.

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