Former People’s Party (PP) publicity secretary Hophmally Makande yesterday told the court in Lilongwe that ex-deputy Inspector General (IG) of Police Nelson Bophani masterminded the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.
Makande was testifying in the ongoing case of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.
He said this during cross-examination by former Attorney General and Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Raphael Kasambara.
Makande told presiding Judge Michael Mtambo that when he met Mphwiyo in police cell in Area 3, he got the sense during the conversation that it was Bophani who masterminded the shooting.
“Mphwiyo was just saying a lot of things and I know that him being shot was Bophani at work,” he said.
However, when Kasambara asked Makande to read out the disclosures in the Mphwiyo affidavit, the court heard that former minister of information Brown Mpinganjira, popularly known as BJ, was threatening Mphwiyo to make payments to companies and individuals.
The judge then asked the State to subpoena Mpinganjira to testify in the case.