ACB arrest Financial Intelligence Unit boss in cashgate ‘breakthrough’

A manager at the national Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), Fumbani Mhango, is the latest high profile person to be arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in the public graft case known as Cashgate, Nyasa Times understands.

Fumbani: Arrested

Fumbani: Arrested

Mhango is manager at FIU monitoring and analysis.

He is suspected to be a conduit of the cashgate affair.

Investigators of the country’s corruption busting body told Nyasa Times that the arrest of Mhango is a “breakthrough” in the ongoing Cashgate prosecutions.

ACB’s senior public relations office , Egritta Mdala, has confirmed the arrest.

Mdala said Mhango will be charged for misuse of office contrary to Section 25B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act; aiding and abbetting contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act; improperly disclosing information contrary to Section 25C (1) (a) (b) of the Corrupt Practices Act and money laundering contrary to Section 35(1) (d) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crimes and Terrorist Financing Act and tax related charges.

Several high profile people have been arrested in the cashgate affair including Paul Mphwiyo who was a budget director during the period when the government lost a lot of finances – that was between April and September 2012.

Paul Mphwiyo was a government witness in Cashgate trials after surviving an assassination attempt in September last year by people he believed were unhappy with his stand against corruption at his work place.

Others arrested but yet to undergo trial include former Malawi Defence Force commander Henry Odillo, director of the Public Officers’ Assets Declaration, Christopher Tukula, former publicity secretary of the former ruling People’s Party, Hophmally Makande and a lawyer, Ishmael Chioko.

There have been concerns about the “slow pace” at which the trials are moving.

Mwiza Nkhata, Dean of Law at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, told a local radio station the government should tread carefully on the arrests being made to avoid lawsuits which could later cost government a lot of money in compensation.

“Good practice requires that you should not arrest people unless you have built up a substantial case against particular individuals… If you are planning to arrest people you must have completed investigations ensure that the government does not expose itself to suits for malicious prosecution or false imprisonment,” said Nkhata.

The ACB authorities maintain the arrests are made after thorough investigations.

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choka phiri
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Every Malawian have contributed to corruption. Bribe is corruption. Why do u give someone who works for ESCOM money to connect electricity? Or water board. MRA. Instead of reporting them u give them money abd say kwayamika for what? They are employed and get paid for doing that job. I have fault with that but get nowhere. People say ndi ku Malawi. They defend this. I dont get extra money when I serve a customer. Its my duty. For Gods sake. If all could say NO. I Remember during Kamuzu Banda it coulf not happen. Iam for Chajwela not because… Read more »
choka phiri
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They might be all judges from Tumbuka and so what. If the Tumbukas are fit for the job they are working for the nation. What is wrong with Malawian? You look into tribe rather than interst of the nation. Start now teaching students about love for nation and one nation. If we contineu picking each other for trubes we will never go forward. Do you know how many langauges Tazania have? Never hear them talk about where one TZ come from. That I call peace not Malawi peace. Tribalism creates civil war. Many examples. Love your nation, Unit, Peace.

choka phiri
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When Malawian will rise and go on the streets and say enough is enough. These so called politician never learn. They would rather risk to be humiliated like khadafi than let it go. Once I head Muntharika won I knew what was out coming of It.

mtumbuka
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Well done Fumbani

Charlie Hebdo
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There is nothing hot in some comments Nyasatimes labels as such. Any comment that tends to stereotype Tumbukas as thieves is tagged hot. What is your problem Nyasatimes. Bring hot issues not comments based on hate and jealous. Every tribe in Malawi has its share of thieves. Any idea what Pareto Analysis is? On the surface Tumbukas may be demonized as thieves but do you know that the most corrupt are politicians especially those in power? Isn’t it only two days ago that we read of deputy speakers fraudulently getting rentals they are not entitled to? Are they Tumbukas? What… Read more »
mbani
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mbava I remember this face at poly

fellowship advisor
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Truth shall never proverbs. Do what is needed. Am stupid to day because I don’t have food, bad condition houses and many more.

Dr. Mango
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A Edward Thom Phiri, just remain quiet. Some people will talk much about your evil doing.

namchuchule
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Atumbuka mwaonjezatu kuba!! Choncho ndiye muzilira kuti dziko silikutukuka chonsecho mukungokhalira kuba? I am very very woried of tumbukas who are still working in govt offices. It seems their plunder mission has just started. Check ma DC achitumbuka mmene akubera eish!

Zakeyo
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The majority of Malawians have very low IQ. Instead of trying to figure out what’s going on here, they just rush into baseless conclusions!!! Any thinking human being would first of all try to ask some probing questions before commenting!! If you don’t know who is doing what and why, just keep quiet and save itself the embarrassment when the truth comes out!! Don’t forget that somebody at ACB had 2 million deposited into his account!! Does Fumbani have info on this? Think a Malawi inu, think!

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