Former Budget Director, Paul Montfort Mphwiyo has revealed in court Pika Manondo and Oswald Lutepo funded the 2013 Malawi Congress Party convention that took place at Natural Resources College (NRC) in Lilongwe.
Manondo, second accused in Mphwiyo’s shooting case, is said to have approached businessman Kondwani Ndovie to print the convention materials.
Ndovie confirmed in court that in 2013 he was approached by Manondo to print MCP convention materials and he send quotation of the order which was amounting to K5.5 million through BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and Manondo told him that he will get a call from someone to give him the cash.
Ndovie, a former civil servant, told the court that he knew Manondo in 1997 when they were all working at National Audit Office as auditors but he left two years later to have his business and Manondo left to work with National Assembly but they still used to be friends.
” I remember receiving a call from one Mr. Oswald Lutepo who told me to meet him at Cross Roads Hotel car park where we met in his Pathfinder car registration number should be KU 2 if I’m not mistaken, he gave me K5.5 million cash not cheque that was and this should be between 31st July and 1st August,2013 ,” explained Ndovie.
Ndovie said he would be paid before doing the job because that it the way he operates his business with politicians as politicians are “risky customers” who can’t be trusted with already done work as they can run and not pay.
Ndovie said was advised to deliver the convention materials consignment at John Tembo’s house in Area 10 and there he met his secretary who directed him to Tembo who he said he delivered all materials by hand himself.
According to Ndovie he delivered 1,000 T shirts, 1,000 caps and 400 laptop bags branded MCP convention, Key Note address by Tembo (president of MCP then).
Ndovie told the court that Tembo never asked him where the items came from, but asked him to tell the one who has sent him that there was a need of extra 200 laptop bags.
The extra 200 bags were charged at K1.1 million by Manondo, and were delivered to Vitus Dzoole Mwale at Natural Resources College.
Ndovie told the court that Lutepo wired K1. 1 million into his wife’s Standard Bank account.