Former Malawi Justice Minister, president’s finance chief arrested over massive government looting

Raphael KasambaraLilongwe 2014-01-27_ Former Malawi Justice Minister Raphael Kasambara and Principal Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet Joster Njanji have been arrested following on-going investigations into how millions of dollars were allegedly looted in government in dubious deals.

“We have today, the 27th of October 2014, arrested Mr. Raphael Kasambara on money laundering offences,” said police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo.

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Former Malawi Minister Ralph Kasambara names President Joyce Banda as witness

BLANTYRE (AGV)—Former Justice and Constitutional Affairs minister Ralph Kasambara on monday appeared before Lilongwe Chief Resident Magistrate Court and named President Joyce Banda as one of the witness in the case of the attempted murder of budget director Paul Mphwiyo.  Kasambara is being held on charges of the attempted murder of the budget director on September 13 this year. The other names of the witnesses presented by the former minister to Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa are Cecilia Kumpukwe of State House, Information and Civic Education Minister Brown James Mpinganjira,…

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Former Malawi Justice Minister arrested over shooting of top government official

Ralph Kasambara arrestedBlantyre, Malawi, Nov.  (MaraviPost) _ Malawi’s former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara has been arrested in connection with the September 13 shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, police have confirmed.

“Mr. Kasambara was arrested at his house in (the capital) Lilongwe last night in connection with the attempt on the life of Mr. Mphwiyo,” police spokesman Kelvin Maigwa told maravipost Friday morning. “We have gathered evidence which suggests that Mr. Kasambara was involved in the shooting.”

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Why Malawi Pres. Banda dropped Lipenga, Kasambara from cabinet

Malawi Joyce Banda Fires Ken Lipenga and Ralph KasambaraMalawi President Joyce Banda announced a new cabinet on Wednesday dropping finance minister Ken Lipenga and senior lawyer Ralph Kasambara as Justice Minister. She didn’t give any reasons but new information has emerged that she blames Lipenga for failing to deal with the malfeasance at treasury and Kasambara is being linked to the shooting of last month of the Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo. Mphwiyo survived and is recovering in South Africa where he is under tight security at some undisclosed house.

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Malawi’s President Joyce Banda hires new cabinet, sacks two key ministers

President Joyce BandaBlantyre, Malawi, Oct. 15 (AGV) _ Malawi president Joyce Banda, who last Thursday sacked her entire cabinet, has hired a new one comprising mostly her former team with a few surprising additions.

Banda, southern Africa’s first female president and Africa’s second, has fired Finance Minister Ken Lipenga and Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara. The two are at the centre of investigations into the looting of money in government through fraud and corruption that led to the unprecedented sacking of the cabinet.

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PERSECUTION OF RALPH KASAMBARA ACCELERATES SLIDE TOWARDS A POLICE STATE IN MALAWI

JOINT STATEMENT BY THE OPEN SOCIETY INITIATIVE FOR SOUTHERN AFRICA (OSISA) AND THE SOUTHERN AFRICA LITIGATION CENTRE (SALC)

former Attorney-General, Ralph KasambaraJohannesburg: The Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) condemn this week’s persecution of Malawi’s former Attorney-General, Ralph Kasambara, and express alarm at the country’s continuing slide away from established principles of democracy and rule of law.

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Malawi:Amnesty International calls for Ralph Kasambara’s release

Activist Ralph KasambalaAccording to the Maravipost Online newspaper, “The rearrest of Ralph Kasambara indicates the Malawian authorities are willing blatantly to flout the law when it comes to dissenting voices,” said Noel Kututwa, Amnesty International’s Deputy Program Director for Africa. “Such disregard for the judicial process is an alarming sign for the human rights of perceived critics of the government in Malawi, suggesting that the authorities are willing to stop at nothing to silence their critics.”

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