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Vol 54 No 24

Published 22nd November 2013


Malawi

Political class in turmoil

The Cashgate scandal is roping in most politicians in a storm of corruption so severe that donors have halted aid payments

The reputations of almost all members of the political establishment – with the possible exception of the opposition United Democratic Front – have been severely battered by the investigations into the shooting of Paul Mphwiyo in September (AC Vol 54 No 21, Shooting triggers reshuffle). Ralph Kasambara, who was Justice Minister in October, is now in custody charged in conjunction with his associate Pika Manondo with the attempted murder of Mphwiyo. Kasambara claims the charges are ‘baseless’, saying on his way to court, ‘There is no case here’. At one of his appearances at Lilongwe Magistrates Court, he said he wanted to call President Joyce Banda as a witness, along with other top State House officials and senior members of the President’s People’s Party.

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