Facts pointing to how the arms deal issue complicates the process to pin down few individuals when it is a known fact that not only Mphwiyo, but also Joyce Banda, finance minister Goodall Gondwe and Mutharika are involved in the so called shoddy arms deal.
- The arms deal contract was secretly reinstated by Goodall Gondwe. Gondwe faced questions over reinstatement of an illegal contract that Joyce Banda signed.
- If the deal was described as illegal by current DPP government why did they reinstate it?
- Suspect Pika Manondo also testified that he at one time went to South Africa with the so called man of the moment Mphwiyo for the arms deal negotiations only for Mphwiyo to be shot days after arrival.
- The controversial deal, which had been exposed by The Daily Telegraph, was signed by Dr. Joyce Banda, former Malawi leader, who is afraid to be in her own country for fear of the unknown to the ordinary Malawian.
- Other quarters reports had linked the ever green Rebecca Chimjeka’s warning that she will be murdered for her trying to publish Bank Statements of Goodall Gondwe submitted to her by Dr. Joyce Banda.
- Certain quarters have it that Gondwe confided to his friends that Chimjeka demanded a whooping half a million Malawi Kwacha to spike the statements so that they are not made public.
- Why did DPP reinstate an illegal Arms Deal? Maybe Gondwe secretly manoeuvred the deal. Was he also behind it at Peoples Party supporting JB just to use it later against her.
- Look beyond this sentence that we say: What is this deal that JB was forced to sign during Bingu’s era which is forcing JB to stay out of Malawi and Government not to call JB as a suspect.
With the top eight points and information below reading between the lines one would appreciate that there is more than what we ordinarily think. Read on:
Revelations that former budget director Paul Mphwiyo was shot due to an arms deal gone sour and that Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, former president Joyce Banda and other witnesses are involved in the attempted murder and arms deal cases respectively may end up stalling the case.
Former ruling Peoples Party (PP) Publicity Secretary Hophmally Makande testified that Mphwiyo revealed while in police cell that former deputy inspector general Nelson Bophani shot him after the arm deal went sour. The arms deal saw Malawi’s presidential jet being sold to a South African based arms firm in exchange for military equipment.
Besides, the arms firm was controversially awarded other military arms contracts by the Joyce Banda regime. Prominent Lawyer and former Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambala, businessman Pika Manondo and ex-soldier at Malawi Defence Force Macdonald Kumwembe are answering attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder on Mphwiyo.
In the shooting trial witnesses have revealed information relating to cashgate, Malawi’s worst financial scandal in its 51 years as an independent country. Cashgate scandal included the arms deal that politicians also used as a means for looting tax payers’ money.
Firstly on the jet deal, The DPP government had cancelled a multi-million pound deal with one of Africa’s biggest defence firms after a scandal involving the former president’s use of a private jet owned by the company as reported by both local and international media.
The controversial deal, which had been exposed by The Daily Telegraph, was signed by Joyce Banda, the ex-leader who was voted out of office in May 2014.
“The agreement between the Malawi Government and Paramount Group has been abrogated. That is all I can confirm and say,” said Malawi’s Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe, to the Nation newspaper.
President Peter Mutharika told the firm that the $145 million (£90 million) deal was “illegal and expensive,” Nation newspaper quoted a source within the finance ministry.
The agreement between Paramount Group, Africa’s largest private defence and aerospace firm, and the Malawi government, which counts Britain as one of its biggest bilateral aid donors was signed by Banda after she came to office.
Later in a statement, the company said: “Paramount Group is aware of recent press reports stating that the contract between it and the Government of Malawi had been ‘terminated’.
“These reports are not a true reflection of the situation. At the request of the Malawian Government, Paramount is engaged in ongoing constructive dialogue to revise the contract in order to meet their changed conditions. “There also appears to be an insinuation by the report that the agreements entered into were not legal. This too is not correct.
“The Paramount Group contract with the Government of Malawi was concluded according to Malawian governmental processes and was signed by both the Ministry of Finance Soon after President Peter Mutharika took over as leader, his finance minister Goodall Gondwe called the deal “illegal, expensive and unsustainable”.
However, few days later, the contract was reinstated. Gondwe faced questions over reinstatement of an illegal contract that Joyce Banda signed.
“Outrage and accusations of corruption followed when it was discovered that Banda was using Ichikowitz’s private jet. The issue was a major factor to Banda’s ousting in May,” said times media.
All these facts point to how the whole issue complicates the process to pin down few individuals when it is a known fact that not only Mphwiyo, but also Joyce Banda, finance minister Goodall Gondwe and Mutharika are involved in the so called shoddy arms deal.
If the deal was described as illegal by current DPP government why did they reinstate it?
Suspect Pika Manondo also testified that he at one time went to South Africa with Mphwiyo for the arms deal negotiations only to be shot a day after arrival due to the same arms deal gone sour.
In the end with the involvement of Gondwe and Mutharika and suspects’ testimonies that the attempted murder was to do with arms deal gone sour the case may stall considering that security information cannot be made public as per laws of Malawi, the Mutharika can’t prosecute himself and that even judgement cannot be granted because doing so would still jeopardize national security.