The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has committed former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara to the High Court for trail and possible bail application. Kasambara, a lawyer by training has since mentioned President Joyce Banda OF C/O State of House as one of his witnesses in the case. Other witnesses listed by Kasambara’s attorney, Emmanuel Theu in court are; Information and Civic Education Minister Brown James Mpinganjira of C/O PP Headquarters, Prophet Elias from Machinjiri, Blantyre and Hophmally Makande also of C/O PP Headquarters. President Joyce Banda’s sister, Cecilia Kumpukwe of C/O State House has also been included by Kasambara as one his witnesses. In total, he has indicated he will parade 5 witnesses in line with Section 290 clause 2 of the Criminal Procedure that allows an accused person to provide names of her or his witnesses involved in the case. Kasambara in black suit and orange neck with President Joyce Banda’s barge on his jacket looked composed in the court. He was not able to take plea in court as the case beyond the jurisdiction of the Lilongwe Magistrate Court led by Chief Resident Magistrate, Ruth Chinangwa. The accused has since been sent back to Kanengo Police Station to wait for his bail application that is expected to be heard on Wednesday. Details on the charge sheet indicate that Ralph Kasambara on the 13 of September, 2013 in Area 43 in Lilongwe attempted to unlawfully cause the death of Paul Mphwiyo. Outside the courtroom, Kasambara still looked composed and told journalists, “This case will not continue, because there was no case.” He also asked journalists who were taking pictures of him to tag him on his Facebook page. The mention of the President in the case could change the course of the murder case as it will be difficult for the president to appear before court. However Section 91 clause (1) allows a person holding public office to be witness as she or he is not immune. In the same court, Magistrate Ruth Chinagwa has also committed Pika Manondo another close ally to the Former Minister to the High Court in the same case.


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