LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
The High Court in Lilongwe, Malawi, Tuesday
sentenced former Justice Minister, Raphael Kasambara, to a
13-year jail term for conspiring to murder the country’s former
Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo.
Lilongwe High Court Judge, Justice Michael Mtambo, on July 21
found the former minister guilty and two others, former Malawi
Defense Force officer MacDonald Kumwembe and business person
Pika Manondo, guilty of conspiracy to murder, and attempted
murder of Phwiyo.
and Kumwembe have been respectively sentenced to 15 years of
imprisonment for attempted murder and 11-year imprisonment for
conspiring to murder the former Budget Director.
two’s sentences are to run consecutively, meaning that Manondo
and Kumwembe will each spend 26 years behind bars.
Kasambara, a renowned lawyer and trainer, and the two were
arrested after they were implicated in the shooting of former
Budget Director, Mphwiyo, at the gates of his residence in
Lilongwe on the night of August 13, 2013.
former Budget Director was air-lifted to South Africa where he
underwent a successful surgery before he came back for a long
legal battle against his assailants.
Mphwiyo’s shooting unraveled the historic plunder of public
funds in Malawi known as cashgate that saw hundreds of billions
of kwacha go into the pockets of some civil servants.
Meanwhile over ten men and women have been convicted of cashgate
and they are currently serving jail terms while over 70 cases of
cashgate are yet to be heard by court.
former Budget Director too was arrested in 2014 on charges of
money laundering, theft and conspiracy to defeat course of
wife, Thandie Mphwiyo, was also charged with money laundering
and theft and their cases are still in court.
Malawi sees falling tobacco
sales and revenue
LILONGWE Malawi (Xinhua) --
Tobacco sales for 2016 in
Malawi have dropped by 31 percent in revenue realized and 22
percent in volumes sold so far, an Auction Holdings Limited (AHL)
Group official said on Tuesday.
Ndipita, Corporate Affairs Manager for AHL Goup, said as of
August 19, the country had sold close to 130 million kilograms
of tobacco of all types at an average price of 1.52 U.S. dollars
same period in 2015, the country had sold 165.7 million
kilograms of tobacco at an average price of 1.79 U.S. dollars
per kilogram, raking in 296.1 million dollars.
terms of revenue realized compared to last year after 19 weeks
of sale, there is a decrease of about 31 percent, and in terms
of volumes in kilograms there is a decrease of 22 percent of
tobacco sold,” explained Ndipita.
decrease in revenue realized and volumes sold when compared to
last year can be attributed to low prices, high no-sale
rejection rates and reduced competition on the auction system,”
Tobacco is Malawi’s
chief foreign exchange earner followed by sugar, and tea. As of
2010, the southern African country was the world’s largest
producer of burley tobacco.