Attorney General says govt to verify wrongdoing in Cashgate names: Rues JB’s son Roy lawsuit

The Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale has against justified that he  stopped the names of companies and businesspersons implicated in the K230 billion Cashgate report to avoid a scenario like the one which former president Joyce Banda’s son, Roy Kachale, is suing government for defamation after he was named in a 2013 audit report as having been involved in the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

Attorney General Kaphale: To verify wrongdoing

Attorney General Kaphale: To verify wrongdoing

Kaphale stopped Public Accounts Committee (PAC), National Audit Office (NAO) and the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) from releasing names of companies and businesspersons implicated in the K230 billion Cashgate report.

He asked the institutions not to publish the names as government is yet to verify any wrongdoing on part of the implicated companies.

Speaking on Daybreak Malawi program on Capital Radio, Kaphale said government can avoild losing billions in lawsuits if it waits to release only names that will be prosecuted for suspectd wrongdoing and leave out those that will be cleared.

“I read on Nyasa Times that kachale has sued government, exactly the reasons why I said government should be careful in releasing the names,” said Kaphale on Capital Radio.

“If we reveal all names, these companies could sue government in the event that the names are published and no wrongdoing is found [like Roy Kachale’s case],” he said.

Kaphale added: “We want to run away from possibility of lawsuits especially those that may not be prosecuted because they will be cleared.”

Quized on speculations that the audit include names of ministers implicated in the scandal, Kaphalee dismissed the assertions as baseless.

“There has been a lot of talk of cabinet ministers, but I did not see names of ministers,” he said.

Justine Dzonzi, a law expert and executive director of Justice Link said Kaphale’s opinion “ make sense.”

Kachale, who is also Zomba Malosa member of Parliament (MP) affiliated to People’s Party (PP), through private practice lawyer Mapopa Kumwenda is claiming undisclosed amount of money for defamation, according to civil case number 273 at the High Court in Blantyre.

In September 2014,  RMS  (formely Baker Tilly  of London) published an audit report on Fraud and Mismanagement of Finances on behalf of the Malawi Government linking Kachale to businessperson Caroline Savala.

“On pages 50, 115,116 and 117 of the said Report the Auditor General wrote, printed and published or caused to be printed words defamatory of Mr Kachale. They are trying to link our client of an alleged relationship to Caroline Savala and hence dragging him into this Cashgate fiasco,” said lawyer Kumwenda.

Kumwenda said the words used and published in the report lower Kachale”s estimation in the minds of right thinking members of society.

He said: “We contend that the words are false and constitute a grave libel of Mr Kachale, as the said words in their natural and ordinary meaning, mean or are understood to mean that:  Our client was a deceptive, manipulative, cunning and irresponsible person at the time when he was vying for a Public Office and that he was involved in plundering of government resources.”

The High Court convicted Savala in 2015 for theft and money laundering of K84.9 million from Ministry of Tourism through her Carm Civil Engineering Company.

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5 thoughts on “Attorney General says govt to verify wrongdoing in Cashgate names: Rues JB’s son Roy lawsuit”

  1. Central says:

    Mr Kaphale, how long will it take to do all you want us to believe your office is doing something worth doing?

    Mr Kaphale, sincerely, if the truth be told, your office’s and the DPP Government’s actions are so horrendous that I for one feels that all you need to do is to resign and or give way to competent people!! Why telling us this one thing for 12 months now?

    Kodi mukuona ngati mukuuza tiaanaaaaaaaaa…………………………………………………………………!! How long did it take Kamphasa to produce the 13 files? If your office wants more time, how long will it take to prosecute the culprits………..?? Mwasowa oseweretsa ndithudi ndi nthano zanuziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii…………………..!!

    You can’t refute this: an invisible hand is sincerely causing all this delay? Seriously, if the 13 files had names of people in opposition, your office would have by today released all such names of the individuals and companies!!

    But take this: ethically something is wrong with you and your office………………………………. and I believe you personally know that morally many things have gone wrong…………………………..!!

    God have mercy with Mr Kaphale, for he knows not what he is doing……………………….!!

  2. Thinktank says:

    Complete nonsense! Govt is shielding names….Don’t fool us that you are afraid of lawsuits. .This is ponzi scheme not governance. .

  3. Melisa says:

    The Attorney General should not use the suing of government by Kachale not to release the names. The issue of defamation is exaggerated. We want the names. Kachale has no basis to sue. The fact that someone has been mentioned in the report does not mean he has been defamed. If the Attorney General cannot defend this simple case then he has failed the nation. Kachale does not enough ground to sue.

  4. Fisi Nicholas Harry says:

    Chokani apa mwangopeza pothawira. After all if cashgate happened under JB’s watch you don’t need to have master’s degree to realise that Roy just like her mom and aunt Cecilia were the main beneficiaries of the money.

  5. Achimidzimidzi says:

    No one can believe you Mr. Kaphale because of the time it’s taking you to come up with final list of names.

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