Mphwiyo Deliberately Set Ablaze Cash Gate Mansion
Fire has gutted a property of former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’.
Eye witnesses narrated that Thursday evening fire was spotted alight at the roof of the guest wing and was rip roaring to the main residence at the upmarket Area 43 suburb of the capital, Lilongwe.
Lilongwe City Council fire bridgate was called to the property to extinguish the fire from destroying to main house.
Police said the cause of the blaze was unknown but there was nothing to suggest it was deliberate.
Mphwiyo said the house, where the shooting took place in 2013 as he was returning home from a night out, is insured.
Fire bridgade managed to extinguish it from razing the mansion.
During the shooting incident, two bullets hit him in the mandible and another went through his shoulder to his chest. One bullet was removed in a South African hospital but two others – lodged in his spinal column – will remain inside the 38-year-old for the rest of his life.
Mphwiyo said that he was waiting for his guard to open the gate to his house when he saw some people approaching the vehicle in the darkness.
Former Justice Minister and Attorney Ralph Kasambara is serving jail after he was convicted for conspiracy to murder him.
Mphwiyo’s shooting unravelled ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to US $30 million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.
Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.
He is also answering charges related to cashgate.
Western donor countries and agencies reacted by freezing up to US $150 million in aid for Malawi