ACB denies responsibility on missing K4bn Cashgate file: Court adjourns sentencing of convict Kalonga

The Lilongwe High Court on Wednesday adjourned sentencing hearing of convict Leonard Kalonga who last August pleaded guilty to theft and laundering about K3 billion -Cashgate,  the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

DPP Mary Kachale: Kachale has asked the High Court to summon the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to provide a missing document she said has names of beneficiaries of K4.4 billion ($5.8 million) Cashgate proceeds.

DPP Mary Kachale: Asked the High Court to summon the Anti-Corruption Bureau  to provide a missing document she said has names of beneficiaries of K4.4 billion  Cashgate proceeds.

Kalonga, a former tourism officer, was found guilty and convicted of conspiracy to defraud government using forged documents and paid the money to bogus suppliers.

Other charges included laundering of K520 million where he facilitated, abated and aided acquisition of six Scania Marcopolo semi-luxury buses on instruction from then Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo and laundering which were proceeds of serious crime between April and September 2013 with other persons to the tune of K3.2 billion.

The court adjourned the hearing to a later date to give ample time to both the state and defence prepare and study affidavits filed by two Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) officials.

Both  the state and defence asked the court to adjourn the case to a later date to allow the study the affidavits sworn by two ACB officials which they say were filed to them through the court late Tuesday afternoon  and  they had no time to study them.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale  – who is prosecuting the case with the ACB deputy director general Reyneck Matemba –  applied to the court to order ACB  to release documents which the bureau’s investigators ceased during the search they conducted at Karonga’s office and  the graft-busting body has complied by submitting all documents they ceased from Kalonga house.

Kachale argues that the missing document  has names of beneficiaries of K4.4 billion ($5.8 million) Cashgate proceeds.

But according to the sworn affidavit which the bureau’s two investigators has filed to the court on Tuesday, they are reportedly denying the allegations that they took a blue or purple bag in Kalonga’s room during the search.

They, however. acknowledge that they did conduct a search and that what they took at his house and office are the documents they have submitted to the court.

Kalonga’s lawyer, Manuel Theu, has since asked the court to allow them cross examine the ACB officials who have sworn the affidavits when the case resume and the defence has said  that after cross examining the two they would love to cross examine the convict Kalonga.

Presiding judge Fiona Mwale is yet to hear submissions from the prosecution.

Cashgate convict Kalonga with relations outside Lilongwe High Court - Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate convict Kalonga with relations outside Lilongwe High Court – Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

The case has since been adjourned to a later date to be communicated by the court.

The shooting on September 13 2013 of then Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo outside the gate of his Area 43 house in Lilongwe led to revelations of the plunder of resources.

former president Joyce Banda Banda ordered an audit which British forensic auditor, Baker Tilly, undertook covering the period between April and September 2013 and established that about K24 billion ($31.8 million) was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services not rendered.

In May 2014, a financial analysis report by audit and business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion ($765.3 million) in public funds could not be reconciliated for the period between 2009 and December 31 2014.

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5 thoughts on “ACB denies responsibility on missing K4bn Cashgate file: Court adjourns sentencing of convict Kalonga”

  1. peter says:

    The current ACB must be financed by the corrupt elites whose corrupt practices are well protected by the bureau. All patriotic Malawians should agree to form our own bureau that will fight corruption without fear or favour, a bureau that will be independent of the influence of the corrupt elites. RIP ACB!

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  3. spectator says:

    The ACB is dead and buried. What we have in Nyasaland is the corruption bureau. If you are a thief and you dont want to go to jail; join dpp the Directors of public plunders

  4. MW Citzen says:

    Ine mngomangoyang’ana basi,,,,,,,,

    1. chachikulu says:

      Why are we wasting time with this case. As somebody who knows Kalonga very well he is lying just trying to appear as if he is innocent. I hope those whose names appear on the document signed when they got the money. How on earth do you distribute money without proper documentation. Was it fisp? By the way mkazi wa Kalonga wayamba kale kudyetsa katundu even before sentencing. Shaa mabvuto kwambiri.

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