ZOMBA (Papius Liwonde, Malawi NewsNow) – President Peter Mutharika has ordered that Chief Commissioner of Prisons Kennedy Nkhoma be redeployed to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security after he allowed former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara to be admitted at Mwaiwathu Private Hospital in the commercial capital Blantyre over heart problem.
Kasambara is facing a charge of conspiracy to commit murder in former budget director Paul Mphwiyo’s shooting in September 13, 2013 which led to massive revelations of the plunder of public funds dubbed cashgate.
President Mutharika summoned Nkhoma and asked him why he allowed Kasambara to go to hospital other than “rotting” on detention.
Nkhoma, according to government sources, said Kasambara was allowed to go to hospital after instructions from Ministry of Justice.
But Mutharika did not buy that explaination and ordered that Nkhoma be redeployed as chief director of Prison Affairs in the Ministry of Home Affairs.
Minister of Home Affairs , Dr Jean Kalilani and government spokesperson Jappie Mhango confirmed about the matter.
Commissioner of Prisons for Southern Region, Litto Mtengano, has taken over Nkhoma’s position in an acting capacity.