Flamboyant Former People’s Party (PP) Vice President Brown Mpinganjira testified in the Cashgate case where he denied threatening Mphwiyo to issue payments.
Well-travelled politician and former Minister of Information in the Joyce Banda administration, Brown Mpinganjira was mentioned during one of the court session to have used his powers to threaten Mphwiyo to issue the infamous cheques which led to the massive plundering of public funds during the two year long term of Peoples Party regime.
Mphwiyo was shot outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013, a shooting which is believed to have exposed the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill that came to be known as Cashgate.
Mphwiyo’s shooting on September 13, 2013 led to the revelations of massive looting of public funds at Capitol Hill dubbed cashgate.
The last elections were not kind to Brown Mpinganjira, he was beaten by DPP Director of Elections Kondwani Nankhumwa. Nankhumwa got 9,995 votes, followed by United Democratic Front’s Ruth Lemani and Mpinganjira who got 5,855 and 3,976 votes respectively.
Brown Mpinganjira formed his own party, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA). In the 2004 presidential election, he placed fourth, receiving only 8.7% of the vote. The party managed to contribute a number of Members of Parliament to the National Assembly among them Billy Kaunda and Mpinganjira himself. Mpinganjira later dissolved the NDA and rejoined the United Democratic Front, a party he helped to found.
His ambitions that have led him to the next best thing in politics have left many that believed in him to unfulfilled political careers. An MP who helped him create NDA said she was dumb founded when Brown decided to dissolve the party, going back to UDF.
Brown Mpinganjira is a driven and ambitious man who lacks long term strategy for his goal of becoming the next President of Malawi.
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