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Ralph Kasambara’s appeal case back December 9

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The case in which former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and Macdonald Kumwembe appealed against their conviction will return to the Supreme Court of Appeal on December 9.

Kasambara was convicted of conspiracy to murder while Manondo and former Malawi Defence Force Soldier Kumwembe were convicted of attempted murder of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.

A notice of the hearing in the Supreme Court of Appeal which The Daily Times has seen indicates that the case will be heard in the morning.

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Kasambara’s Lawyer Lusungu Gondwe confirmed being served with the notice saying the matter is set before a panel of seven Justices of Appeal.

“This is purely for the appeal against the conviction of Mr Kasambara [and others]. We have not heard anything on the request which the DPP [Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale] made at the time of Mr Kasambara’s release. My presumption is perhaps that she abandoned that route,” he said.

Michael Goba Chipeta who is representing Manondo and Kumwembe also confirmed having been served with the notice.

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“We will argue the appeal on the set date,” he said.

High Court Judge Michael Mtambo convicted the three and sentenced Kasambara to 13 years, while Manondo and Kumwembe were sentenced to 15 years imprisonment with hard labour.

The three appealed against their conviction and applied for bail pending the conclusion of the appeal case in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

On March 14 2018, Supreme Court of Appeal Justice Dunstain Mwaungulu released Kasambara on bail but could not release Manondo and Kumwembe on bail.

Immediately after the ruling, Kachale asked the court to pend its decision to free Kasambara on bail but the court asked her to make a formal application.

The shooting of Mphwiyo in 2013 opened a can of reports of massive plunder of government money at Capital Hill dubbed Cashgate

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