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ACB Appearance: Kita Opts for Silence

Private practice lawyer Wapona Kita on Monday honored summons from the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) but refused to take any questions on how he managed to get court bail for Malawi’s prominent lawyer, Ralph Kasambara.

“I cannot say anything on that because doing so is against lawyer-client privilege to disclose how I got bail,” Kita told the ACB panel

He said Section 51 of the Corruption Practice Act (CPA) guarantees lawyer-client privilege where legal practitioner is not supposed to disclose dealings with their client unless the client decides so voluntarily.

The ACB summoned Kita and another lawyer Jonathan Kara to explain the role they played to have Kasambara released on bail.

After the release the police re-arrested him two hours later claiming that procedures were not followed especially on how the bail was granted when judiciary support employees were on strike.

Meanwhile, Kasambara has been hospitalized at Mwaiwathu hospital after he fell sick while at Zomba Maximum Security Prison last Friday and is expected to undergo another test for his heart condition.

He was arrested on Monday last week and charged with kidnapping and abetting assault after his guards overpowered and beat two young men suspected to have been sent by the state to petrol bomb his offices.

Although in hospital but technically Mr. Kasambara is still under police and this is evident with the presence of police officers ready to take him back to prison once he gets well.—Zodiak Online

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