Sata’s lawyer arrested

Ailing dictator Michael Sata’s Malawian lawyer Ralph Kasambara has been arrested on charges of money laundering amounting to K55 million, and attempted murder of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Zambia’s Daily Nation newspaper reports that Kasambara worked in the same law firm with disgraced former Malawi high court judge Lovemore Chikopa and defended Sata when he illegally entered Malawi leading to that country’s authorities declaring him a prohibited immigrant. Chikopa was appointed by Sata to head the tribunal appointed to investigate three Zambian judges, Philip Musonda, Nigel Mutuna and Charles Kajimanga but the tribunal has failed to take off despite Chikopa being on the Zambian government’s pay roll enjoying huge payments.

Kasambara is also a former justice minister and was released on bail on attempted murder charges in a matter that exposed massive looting of public funds in Malawi with connections to the infamous ‘cashgate’ scandal.

The Daily Nation quotes the Malawian online publication Nyasa Times that Kasambara was arrested and held in custody for the money laundering charges while at the same time he was on bail on his connections to the actual shooting incident. Justice minister Fahad Assani said that there was ‘overwhelming’ objective evidence to show that Kasambara was involved in the shooting of Mphwiyo.

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