ACB still pursuing Malawi army probe on cashgate link

The Anti Corruption Bureau(ACB) has said it probing Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on its cashgate link, saying the investigations were stalled because they were denied access to Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe after MDF claimed they could not allow a public audit due to security reasons.

Matemba:  We are still investigating

Matemba: We are still investigating

ACB deputy director  Reyneck Matemba told the Legal Affairs committee of Parliament on Tuesday  that ACB was still working on four files that forensic auditors Baker Tilly submitted to the institution to help in investigation and prosecution of those involved in the MDF cashgate.

Matemba said it is “quiet unfortunate” that the bureau’s investigator were  barred from investigating the MDF link to cashgate.

“We were sent back at the gate to Kamuzu Barracks and investigations only began in July 2014,” said Matemba when he appeared before the commit.

It is reported that the graft-busting body had been pressing the then Army Commander , General Henry Odillo to produce supporting documents for examination by ACB.

Odillo is reported to have declined to handover the documents  to ACB  on pretext that they were “ security and secret document”.

According to Matemba, the investigations at MDF were also “complicated in that we have to extend across the border.”

So far, ACB has arrested a former  Liuetenant Colonel Nelson Kauwa whose company, Thuso Group was linked to alleged dubious contracts at MDF.

According to Matemba, Thuso group had valid contracts with MDF prior to 2013 but the anti-graft busting body has found that there was no evidence of a K900 million contract to supply blank bullets to the army.

There were also valid contracts for Top Prima and Rummage Pace to supply goods to MDF amounting to $50 million (equivalent of K16 billion).

Odillo and his former army deputy commander Clement Kafuwa have also been implicated as they were signatories of several cheques including K3 billion to international procurement services (IPS) owned by businessperson Oswald Lutepo and K1.5 billion to Thuso Group owned by Alexander Banda and Kauwa

The former army chief was one of three signatories apart from Richard Chidzungu and Harry Chawinga, who signed for three cheques amounting to K1.5 billion going to Thuso group while Kafuwa also signed with Chidzungu and Chawinga for cheques worth K238 million,K339 million,K466 million,K180 million and K220 million going to IPS.

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15 thoughts on “ACB still pursuing Malawi army probe on cashgate link”

  1. Munthu Wanzeru says:

    Alexander Banda of Thuso is Alex Kauwa

  2. I see PPs responsoble somehow somewhere,bcz these Generals were in most cases praised that amadziwa ntchito yawo by the then president Joice Banda.Koma ndalama zachulukitsa izi eeeh iwowo a Odillo wanted to say that accounts files amalembamonso secrets ndiye mixit imeneyi.Arikunyepa Odillo amangofuna to avoid ACB.

  3. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    ODDILO SAYS DEALS WERE SECRETE?WHO DOESNT KNOW FRAUD IS SECRETELY DONE? I GUESS THERE IS A COLLUSION WITH OTHER AUTHORITES.NO ONE ABOVE THE LAW.THIS VERY WEALTH PLUNDERED FROM THE POOR WILLDEFINATELY CHOKE SOME OF U.AND ODDILO HAS BEEN DEPLOYED?WHILE UNDER INVESTIGATION?

  4. Fathi Alshdhaab says:

    A Thamangiwa zats not true Jb did not keep quiet…who instuted the Bajer Tilly audit & eventual arrests….You think thus was a coverup for who? Dpp 92b…pakamwapotu bwino!

  5. Achalume says:

    Ttrash!Cashgate issue is a trash now becauise all those who are involved in are birds of the same feathers!

  6. Ababa Thamangiwa. says:

    comment 1, you must know that when you mess up and realise it you have turn around the corner. The issue of cashgate came during the time joice banda was president how come the PP government kept quiet?

  7. Bonzo says:

    What are blank bullets?

  8. Dalamere Boys says:

    Nyamulani anthu okuba awa achina Odillo. Kudos to the New Commander for allowing ACB access to MDF files. ife timavutika iwo akumwa mkaka wa khathi khati…..

  9. A MPINGO says:

    NANGA CHONCHI AIRPORT NDI STADIUM KOMANSO MISEWU YABWINO INGAMANGIDWE KUMPOTO ???

  10. A ACB nso akakhale komweko kuti aziopa. Ndalama zachululukisa. Investigation imatha ndalama. Department ili yonse muzikhhala internal ACB monga mmene amakhalira a internal audit.

  11. Kodi ku army ku bwanji kodi? Osatumizako ma professional a National audit, Procurement and Accountant general accounts personnel , Human reasourse acommon services bwanji. It seems one person is doing five jobs. There is conflict of interest. Ku police nso kukhale chimodzimodzi. Ndalama zimapita kumeneko ndi zaboma zochokera ku treasury mmene ziliri ku ma department ena a boma.

  12. chisazo says:

    When are completing the Blantyre Water Board investigation mmene munayambira muja? We hear that ACB staff investigating BWB akupatsani mascones those who are being implicated. But know that our eye is closely following you should you play games we are going to open a cane of worms. People here in Blantyre we are suffering because of few individuals at BWB. Mulungu amaona kuposera diso lanu. Anthu amene amaba ndalama,za BWB through short cuts in procurement azafa imfa yowawa zedi ndikunenetsa ndithu.

  13. K92 billion and K1.7billion

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