Caroline Savala convicted of Malawi cashgate

The High Court in Lilongwe has found guilty and convicted businessperson Caroline Savala for theft and money laundering charges in relation to the cashgate scandal.

Caroline Savala: Convicted of cashgate

Caroline Savala: Convicted of cashgate

Justice Fiona Mwale convicted Savala for siphoning about K84.9 million (US$206 068) of public money through alleged dubious contracts that never supplied anything to government.

The judge noted that the prosecution successfully proved case that Savala had, at different times in the bank account of her business Carmu Civil Engineering, two cheques amounting to K84 963 341.14 from the Ministry of Tourism when no construction contract was awarded to the accused.

It was noted that cheques amounting to K35.1 million and K49.7 million deposited and cleared through Carmu Civil Engineering, “there’s no evidence that [convict Savala] submitted vouchers or demanded payments.”

Savala, the court noted, “ended up with huge sums of money in her bank account for which there’s no contract on record.”

Justice Mwale while passing her hour-long judgement described the plot to steal public money, which Savala was accomplice to, as “sophisticated and too elaborate.”

Prosecutors Kamudoni Nyasulu, Enock Chibwana and Dziko Malunda argued that Savala did not just claim the cheques for payment of work she did not do, she deposited the money in her business account to co-mingle with legitimately obtained funds.

Savala, who pleaded not guilty to the two charges and exercised her right to remain silent since her arrest last year, was being represented by lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita, the former is also answering money laundering charges in the Cashgate trial.

During the judgement, lawyer Matthews Chizonde stood in as defence counsel, but it turned out that he had no valid legal licence as the judge was about to start procedures for mitigation and sentencing.

The drama started with Justice Mwale asking what appeared to be a mundane question to counsel Chizonde. She wanted to know if he had a valid practising licence and when the answer was negative Mwale fumed: “Please walk away from the courtroom.”

She is now the latest satistic of cashgate convicts who include Osward Lutepo, Victor Sithole, Lyson Dzinyemba Soko, Maxwell Namata and Triza Namathanga .

The court is yet to pass sentence on Savala who remains on bail. No date has been fixed yet for mitigation and sentencing, but the judge indicated that whoever is appointed as defence counsel has to discuss with the High Court Registrar on the new date.

And Lutepo who was convicted on his own plea of guilty on charges of conspiracy to defraud government and money laundering K4.2 billion ($9.3 million) between April and September 2013 will hear his senesce at the High Court in Zomba on July 30.

He pleaded guilty to the charges last month

Money laundering attracts a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and K2 million ($4 444) fine while conspiracy to defraud government attracts an imprisonment sentence of three years, according to Section 323 of the Penal Code.

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89 thoughts on “Caroline Savala convicted of Malawi cashgate”

  1. moya says:

    This is really sad. Caroline was my classmate in Saint Andrews back in 1999. I can’t believe she’s involved in this mess. She was a nice and quiet girl back then. I wonder what went wrong. May God guide her path and show her the way. Very saddened to hear this honestly.

  2. maguyz mubozeni ameneyo akavaya ku maula nde kaya

  3. The Patriot says:

    Death by firing squad! She is a terrorist, terrorising our tax!

  4. crossroads says:

    paja a malawi timati kuyera ndi kukongola mxi mxi pali chani apa.

  5. Decent Citizen says:

    We are not shaken by her looks.The fake plastic looks are from cashgate money meant for the poor Malawians.All these cashgate people are supposed to be rotting at Maula?Sichibwenzi cha mwana wamuzimayi uja akutokotera Ku self imposed exile?Well done Kamudoni for hooking this woman thief.They should all rot at Maula.Please clean Malawi.Mumuponyenso mantu wao Muluzi wavala nsapato ya blue Ku eid fitr.

  6. misonzi says:

    Thank you mbuyankhoma. Best comment so far! You steall 87million you get 5years IHL steal a Nokia phone, you get 5years, steal private parts, 5year IHL ….. Hahahaaaa our country Malawi is the biggest joke in the world! I wonder what will happen to the people who wrote those bogus cashgate checks!

  7. Chendele says:

    siwokongola uyu wangoyera.money che stole made her to have a good skin through buying expensive make up.\tiyeni timutenga munthu uyu kuti akulirile say kwa ka bubula u cant see any any good looking in her coz of povertey ndikunenetsa munthuyu wangoyera. selfish bitch fokofu

  8. Nartel says:

    Kabwila vs Kaliati

  9. Jelbin mk says:

    But why was her bail not revoked following the conviction? Because according to this article the suspect is still on bail which is not in compliance with the criminal procedures that automatically revokes a suspect’s bail as soon as the suspect is convicted.

  10. Bondera says:

    Mahule awa akwizingeni ma donorsz athawa anthu ake ndoomwewa

  11. zenegeya says:

    Carlo will fully mc yo tym

  12. Mkamwiniwakwata says:

    Congratulations Former Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Kamudoni Nyasulu for winning again this case, we applaud your intelligence. We also thank former Director of Public Prosecutions Mr. Bruno M. Kalemba for his vision to hire Mr. K. Nyasulu to assist in prosecutions of cash gate cases we are now seeing good results. We Malawians of goodwill we request the Honourable Minister of Justice S. Tembenu to give this Kamudoni more files for him to handle. It seems if not mistaken all the cases which have seen conviction were prosecuted by him. Kodi Mary mu office akutani? kumangoopa ati mafia malo mogwila ntchito paja anthu amati office ya mukulila kwambiri,, a security bwe kumulonda, zoona pali nzeru pamenepa, A Peter muonepo bwino za Mai ameneyu.

  13. Wokwiya says:

    Uuuh Look at her gnashers(teeth).They are white like snow from cashgate money.Mano amenewa akathimbilira ndi nyemba zaku Malawi.

  14. Kamuzu says:

    Beauty and the beast – the devil in blue dress. RIH (Rot In Hell) my dear sister.

  15. seat15 says:

    basitu ulendo umenewu akakhwakhwidwe

  16. Katundu akawola ku ndende Shaaaa!,

  17. mxiii says:

    Lenard kalonga and limumba karim next

  18. patheba says:

    a thief in a beauty?

  19. Any way, apolisi kamuchiteni ntchito ameneyi basi kuti akadziwe kuti nanunso mumamufuna koma zimangokuvutani kupeza mpata kkk

  20. I think its better to be a prostitute than a corrupt person. This is a sad thing for a woman in my age bracket

  21. rough masambara says:

    Our once inteligent lawyer who was a hero wil soon be a zero kkkkkkkkkk signs of the times

  22. rough masambara says:

    Moto ukupita kuti Raphael take care pray hard

  23. Anyamata akumpoto salandila ziphuphu.waba wakundende basi.welldone.ndine wanu exile nyasa pitirizan kumuzii kuti tikamabwera tizapeze malawi atatsetsedwa

  24. Zanga Phee! says:

    Mmm ok…….Cool as others sacrifices their lives i.e Njaunju others still smiling in bails ok any ways we are watching you.See my name.

  25. Leonard Karonga next. Uzikabunyula.

  26. decent citizen says:

    Kaya ndiwozijudula who cares.These are thieves.These people hv messed Malawi with their greedness.Sell all their properties and recover the money and let them rot in prison.Koma mwati ana amayi a chilundu paphewa aja ali Ku self exile siziwakhudza?Awa ndi ofunika zaka 100.

  27. kholowa mkabudula says:

    ls she married? please inbox me l will be bringing nsima for you Carlo!

  28. Nkhani imeneyi yanditotesa heavy

  29. Smoko boy says:

    Iyaaa!! Shupiti zanu!!..

  30. What does the bail condition say when one is convicted? Let her free? Till when?

  31. First offender says:

    Sorry prison waders akamuboole nyere akakamukwana

  32. Phwado says:

    Laura Savala next.Mukavala ku Maula mahule inu.Tione ngati mudzikakankhanso njinga zozaza ndi magroceries

  33. ganda says:

    MUTHALIKA NDICHITSILU A TO Z ALISIYE KWAENA AKUTIVUTITSA NDI TAX PAMENE DZIKO LIKUDZIWA KUBA KWANU MUONA THIS IS MY PRAYER TIONA!

  34. Bob says:

    Well much as these cashgate issues are seemed to be concluded in our courts the real judgements are being postponed to a later undisclosed date why? Coz all these involved big guys in govt past and present. The dudiciary is not spared. They got to be told what to do. Hey we are living in a dangerous world.

  35. Anthu oipa kwambiri awa, koma ndikudabwa sakukhalitsa mundende bwanji? osapatsa belo amenewa,amve kuwawa kuti ena aphuzilepo.

  36. nyasa boy says:

    Mpakana nanyini kundende kwavutadi

  37. Zaxchamba mukungoddya ndalama zanthu agalu mufe nonse ife tikuvutika kuno osamalandira zammbiri mukongo ikana kumbuyo mungofa basi anyani

  38. nana says:

    Wig imeneyi ungakhale ndi company I we tiye uko ukakwatilane ndi lutepo uzikadya kabitchi ovuwaza

  39. Benford says:

    Who wrote a cheque for her, is the one who suppose to be in jail not caro

  40. Alufeyo says:

    Cashgate was good. Pano ndiye mabvuto. Even if there was no cashgate the money could have been stolen in one way or another. Can Nevin now help us get our money that is stashed in British Banks by crooked Asians? Obviously no because UK is benefitting.

  41. Charter says:

    A good step. But I will be convince only when pita, jeyBhi, and mulyuzi are prosecuted. These are the real deal.

  42. Aliyese Says, says:

    Who signed the checks that savala can deport to her Business account?? who was she dealing with? we need this information and answers,

  43. Caroline SAVALAAAAAAAAAA!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahah. SAVALAAAAAAAAAAAA!! Caro Caroline Cacaca. Caro Caroline Cacaca. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahah. Zili bwino zili bwinoooooooooooo. A NYAPALA ADYE ZIMENEZI! Sentence ikuchedwa.

  44. CONGO MAFIA says:

    Savala akavalila ku ndende.

  45. Koma ntchito ilipo kumene kuyambire 577billion kwacha half of the DPP will be in

  46. Kwangwagwa says:

    Koma msungwanayu mumusiye tizigonana naye inu. nanga akakalowa zaka zonsezo tizapezamo kanthu mwaiyeyu akazatuluka?

  47. mussa says:

    Kumunamizira mkazi okongolayu Sangabe. Mwamunamizira coz anakukanani.

  48. Ken says:

    Beauty and the beastcase lol

  49. Mbuyankhoma says:

    Thus a typical Malawi. You steal k84.5 million, you only get slapped with only 5 years IHL. Steal zovala pachinge, 5yrs IHL in order to deter the would be offenders. What a paradox!

  50. Ndezimene zimafunika anthu awa akupangitsa kut tizuzike pamalawi pano chuma kumangotenga ngat chawo ? some donors withhoid their budgetary support .bcoz of dat malpractice! now we are suffering with huge tax

  51. inkata be says:

    Madam savala
    Ndende ndi chiyambi cha moyo watsopano.
    Kuli alaliki kumeneko.
    You won’t bother youself with budget as warders will do it for you.you look too young to have children so your worries are minimal.
    Well mk80,000000 is an enviable lot, unakhwana.
    One more thing special law commission is working on a bill that will give inmates conjugal rights. Ukupita nthawi yobwinotu iwe.

  52. pat says:

    Woe unto Kasambala. If his client is gone, will he survive???? Chaka chino ndichothana ndiomwe amadzitenga udolo onse

  53. Concerned citizen says:

    We want .more politicians to be convicted,more especially big fishes. Koma nkhani ya bail instead of jail yatikwana. Kasambala akayambitse sukulu ya law ku Zomba maximum prison this year.

  54. nana says:

    All cashgaters shall be netted

  55. My friend Leonard Kalonga next. One good thing about Leonard is that he has no enemies and I have never seen him angry. He will make a good nyapala.

  56. Bornface c Mwale says:

    Fools
    all
    Malawian
    judges
    bwanji
    akuyamba
    maSmall
    fish
    Nosense

  57. Titani abale says:

    Musawasiye amenewa peter ,jb yo ndiye deal

  58. matutu says:

    How does law operates? It is funny a suspected defends another suspected thief. Kasambala defends Savala. Commonsense should dictate that he Will defend her. He should not have been allowed to defend her.

  59. Stanly Nkunika says:

    Malawi a land of funies and funny people, it looks everybody is corrupt here,from those in power down to the toe and you expect justice at the end of the day,nosense

  60. The real ujeni says:

    I remember vividly she was accused of cashgating over K100m, how come they are now reducing it to two cheques amounting to K80m? I will check back and paste the earlier charge. Don’t play with us judges.

  61. Surtee Banda says:

    Chodabwitsa ndichoti mayiyu sangawulule amene amangwilizana nawo kumawofesiko pakuba ndalama zonsezo anamulonjeza chiyani. Zomvesa chisoni.

  62. mangochi Kabwafu says:

    Just to borrow what some intelligent chap described the MHC scandal which he said tumbukas isis, eish koma achewa isis, kikikikiki

  63. nyamende says:

    Well done job zikuyenda wasala lawyer wakoyonso a khoti mulandeni belo angayambe kuthawa ka mkazi kokongola koma Jb kumakatuma kut kaziba……wen wil dis big fish fished out? Akangolowa jb basi azungu abweresa ndalama tipume

  64. The source of money was Ministry of Tourism where Leonard Kalonga son of Gogo Kalonga and young brother of MP Willet Kalöga of Walala Chiradzulu. A Leonard sendelani ku Maula. Kuba sikwabwino. Your mother is a hard worker.

  65. wales banda says:

    Mkazi okongola amabanso

  66. Mapwiya says:

    Munthu Has Been Convicted Ndie Mukuti Alibe Pa Bail? Mmmmh Palowa Chinyengo Apa. Akathawa Muzizatinyasa? Shupiti!!!!

    1. kenman says:

      agalu amewa afuna adyeko amugamure zaka zochepa kapena abweze

  67. Boyd Kilembey says:

    One wonders why they think Kasambara can successfully represent them….Its a shame. I thinmk his reputation is over inflated.

  68. Baibulo limati aliyense adzadya thukuta lake, ndiye tiyeni mukakhetse thukuta la zomwe munadya kale.

  69. Samantha Lewis says:

    Ralph,sha!sha!sha!sha!Do you see me shaking my head? This is bad news now. This is the end of your legacy of bribes.Paja munalia Lawyer osaluza milandu kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk! Read the writing is on the wall. Chouluka chonse chimatera! Nthawi yakwana.

  70. Tchaka E says:

    Amangidwe Basi

  71. Mwana Mai says:

    The charges have been proven and yet the culprit is still free roaming the street like an innocent person. What is wrong with our legal system, please? Is this some sort of drama or what? We have heard cases whereby sentencing is reduced depending on time spent in custody after all cut proceedings. Are we trying to be selective or someone seems not to follow their duties accordingly? What if this woman chooses to commit another crime (suicide ), who is going to be blamed?

  72. Manyetera says:

    Akafike makeup akapakile kundendeko nyapalayu

  73. Genghis Khan says:

    When will the puppet masters’ heads start rolling???

  74. anaena says:

    kkkk koma iwe khope yongodya ma ice cream yo ikatema mgaiwa imeneyo???

  75. Gwanyasa says:

    The bloom is sweeping well indeed

  76. Madziakaphwa says:

    But y still on bail?? Akalowe

  77. Matchado says:

    Zatheka bwanji kuti mtsikanayu apezeke olakwa? I thought Kasambara samaluza Milandu? Kikiki .

  78. Keyboard Speaker says:

    These thieves posed in public as hard working and successful business people while they were stealing from our tax through bad deals. We are now paing a hard way with our economy in shambles.

    Her bail was supposed to be revoked as soon as she was found guilty like all other criminals waiting for sentensing. But the magestrate has decided to treat her preferencially. That alone raises doubt is the sentensing would be accordingly. She deserve a stiffer punishment for bringing misery on Malawian masses.

    May cashgate convicts be even excluded from presidential pardons, they are more than killers who desserve no leniency at all. Idiots!

  79. mlomwe original says:

    she used her ‘bottom powers’ to steal from us

  80. kenman says:

    mwana ngati uyu kuba 84,000,000 ya malawi koma inu a jughe mukwapuleni ndi zaka 50 ameneyu akamadzamera invi adzakhale atafika pa good citizen & patriot

  81. zk-abc says:

    Time to cry time to smile accordingly! Little did they know – the game against them now. Time realy a calm jugde.

  82. Karonga Boys says:

    Please arrest kalonga

  83. Richard. Banda says:

    Then the big fish. Amen

  84. Malawi wa Lero says:

    Good, the bloom is really sweeping well. We are waiting for the big fish to face the wrath of the courts. Choipa chitsata mwini. As people, we should learn to be satisfied with what God has blessed us with.

  85. titus Scoti says:

    Tiyeni nawo anthu amenewa amangeni. Muwalandenso katundu. Exit Savala, enter Kalonga!!

  86. clement says:

    Good progress of cashgate cases. Shame to defense lawyer Kasambara. In the past he used to win cases by bribing prosecutors. 40 days are over indeed

  87. sain it like it is says:

    shaaaaa mkazi okongola ngati iwe nkukhlanso mbava?shaaa koma nde ukalila ku ndende..no weave no make up…nthawi yozimangilila ndi yomweyi ndithu eishh

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