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Former Malawi Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara re-arrested

Monday January 27 2014

Protesters hold placards wishing Malawi's Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo a quick recovery on October 10, 2013. PHOTO | AMOS GUMULIRA | FILE

Protesters hold placards wishing Malawi's Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo a quick recovery on October 10, 2013. PHOTO | AMOS GUMULIRA | FILE AFP

By REX CHIKOKO
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Malawi's former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara was arrested early on Monday morning on charges of money laundering.

Kasambara, who denies the charge, is also involved in an attempted murder case and is on bail.

The former minister revealed on his Facebook page that police surrounded his house but could initially not execute the order to arrest him because the warrant was bearing the wrong name.

According to Kasambara, over 15 armed police officers remained outside his house as the authorities corrected the warrant of arrest.

Kasambara had been arrested in November 2013 over the shooting of Paul Mphwiyo, who was the budget director in the finance ministry, in September. Kasambara was once a trusted ally of President Joyce Banda and is currently an aspiring Member of Parliament. He linked his arrests to politics, saying the charges were fabricated. (READ: Senior Malawi ruling party official quits ahead of elections)

The arrest of Kasambara came barely hours after Justice Minister Fahad Assani on Sunday told the nation in a radio interview that the government will continue arresting people in the ongoing investigation into the 'cashgate' scandal in which a government official was found with $300,000 (about Sh26 million) in cash in his car last September, leading to a large corruption investigation.

MUTHARIKA CANDICACY IN JEOPARDY

Meanwhile, the Justice Minister also revealed that Peter Mutharika was going to be stopped from contesting the presidential election in May because he has a United States of America Green Card.

Mutharika is an MP and leader of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party.

Between February 10 and 14, political parties are expected to hand over nomination papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC). MEC is the authority that scrutinises, accepts or bars candidates.

Assani said if MEC accepted Mutharika as a candidate, the government would move to court to seek interpretation of Mutharika’s allegiance to the country.

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