Joyce Banda and Lutepo
Good old days: Oswald Lutepo with former President Joyce Banda

BLANTYRE (MaraviPost)–Former President Joyce Banda, who is among witnesses the defense wants to appear in court over the attempted murder of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo, has said she will not testify in the case whose hearing resumes this Thursday at High Court in Lilongwe.

The former Malawi leader and founder of People’s Party (PP), is appearing on the list of witnesses who might be called to testify.

One of the defense lawyers, Wapona Kita told The Daily Times that the list is tentative and might be amended depending on the progress of the case.

But Banda’s Personal Assistant Andekuche Chanthunya said the former president is not surprised with the plan.

“That’s not new. Ralph Kasambara put her name on the list when he disclosed his witness list. So, our position is the same as we gave at that time. She will not testify,” Chanthunya is quoted as saying.

Another lawyer Gift Mwankhwawa, who is representing one of the suspects Pika Manondo, said if Banda will be paraded as witness in court, then he would also want to ask her some questions in connection with the sentiments she made at a rally at Lunzu in Blantyre about Mphwiyo’s shooters.

Meanwhile, former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara said at the moment his priority is study Justice Michael Mtambo’s ruling which found him with a case to answer on the charges of conspiracy to commit murder. 

The court acquitted Kasambara on the charge of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.

Likewise, Oswald Lutepo, Dauka Manondo and Robert Kadzuwa were acquitted on conspiracy to commit murder charges, as the state failed to provide sufficient evidence to implicate the three. 

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