Caroline Savala ‘has case to answer’ over cashgate – Court

Businessperson Caroline Savala has a case to answer for  theft and money laundering charges in relation to the cashgate scandal, High Court in Lilongwe ruled.

Savala is accused of siphoning about K84.9 million (US$206 068) of public money through alleged dubious contracts that never supplied anything to government.

Caroline Savala: Case to proceed to hearing of her defence

Caroline Savala: Case to proceed to hearing of her defence

She will have to defend herself in court against the charges. Savala is being represented by lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita, the former is also answering money laundering charges in the Cashgate trial.

Judge Fiona Mwale in her ruling on September 26 said the prosecution had submitted undisputed evidence in the 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.

“From all I have argued, the accused person has a case to answer on both counts, subject to the amendment of the second count.”

Judge Mwale ruled that cheques amounting to K35.1 million and K49.7 million deposited and cleared through Carmu Civil Engineering, “there’s no evidence that the accused submitted vouchers or demanded payments.”

Noted the judge: “All that has been established on the evidence is that she ended up with huge sums of money in her bank account for which there’s no contract on record.”

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.

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52 thoughts on “Caroline Savala ‘has case to answer’ over cashgate – Court”

  1. richard Suluma says:

    Ndikukaika ngati munthu even modzi adzamangidwa pa nkhani ya cashgate.Why did the laerned judge delay in passing the judgement on namathanga ?

  2. Amfana says:

    Kodi Idah,za a Tumbuka zachokeranso pati?Nkhani ndi ya CASHGATE,osati kusankhana mitundu.Kuzolowera Tribalism ETI?Yankhulani nkhani molingana ndi MUTU WAKE.

  3. Omex70 says:

    How can a thief be allowed to represent another thief? Shaaa! Judicial system in Malawi is very sketchy and you can’t rely on it. I don’t understand when Judges and lawyers are said to be “learned people”. Honestly our judicial system is not helping us at all.

  4. rosie says:

    Oh my gosh, what was she going to do with all of that money??? It looks like she was being used by some higher authority to siphone that amount of money however she must have also gotten some money in return. She was probably paid peanuts too!!! This is all not Caroline Savala, if she only confesses here mistakes and names the big culprits.. Not even a chibwenzi can give you all of that money, those figures are just way too exaggerated for my liking!!

  5. Pita Muthalika says:

    i will foegive you carol

  6. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

    CAROLINE SAVALAAAAAAAAA!!! Iwe CAROLINE SAVALAAAAAAAAA!!! Umati utani mwana wanga Caroline!!! Unatopa kunyengana ndi azibambo for 50 pin wati unyengano nao for ma millions. Uhule ndi oipa ana anga. Pitani ku sukulu muzapange ndalama zanu. Not only will school helopu you kupanga Chuma chanu chanu. It wilu also openi maso ano kuzindikira kuti kuba ndalama za boma ndi mlandu waukulu. Caroline Savala kupanda nzeru mwana wanga iweeeeeeeeee!!!

  7. Ida says:

    Moti achina Savala, Senzani, Kalonga, Thole onsewa ndi atumbuka?

  8. Townman says:

    kodi mbava imeneyi mumati ndi carol savala chani??? P

  9. Glad says:

    Let these people be committed to death penalty , they have killed people because of their ego. Milomoyo ika foota mu prison.

    My appeal to all judges is that if they must be committed to prison then let them be there for not less than 40 years without payroll

    1. mbonga says:

      Hehehe without payrolll my a$$

  10. Openya Zipenyani says:

    Kumanyang’wa ndi ndalama zakuba. agalu anyani evil people. Moya is right kodi legal system yathu ndiyotani. they get all the praises and money yet give this country a raw deal. this is a very shameful development. failing to prosecute?

  11. Tobby Elefunt says:

    akaidi nolani mashaft kukubwera kanjole….en sikokhako muyembezereso nabanda mtila abit joy posachedwapa…monga ngati simungaufire mutanyenga mumayi oti anali president …..i tink chakachino cashgate ipindulira akaidi kkkkkkk

  12. chekambewa says:

    Yes there must be a law which prohibits a lawyer involved in fraud to represent for some one till he or is cleared. Law society what are you doing shameful profession

  13. Abiti Mtila says:

    Why should Ralph Kasambara who is also connected to the Cashgate scandal is also defending another suspect! Do we expect justice in this case? Why can’t the prosecutors block Kasambara from defending the Cashgate suspects since he is also a Cashgate suspect???

    1. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

      Two criminals can defend each other baba. That’s why in some countries they even have jailhouse lawyers-inmates who stand in court for their fellow inmates. It would only be a problem if the judge was thecriminal.

  14. MLOMWE says:

    Ndakutopelani m’dziko mwanu muno ndithawila kunja musale mukupanga matubvi anuwa chibadwire ine sindinawone mbabva kuimirila mlandu mwandinyatsa. Zakumatako eti ? kapena za pamtumbo? mlomwe watali ku South Africa basi ndaganiza mofatsa.

  15. AZIMA KUBAKO SIKUTI ANALI OKHA-OKHA FUSANI MA MINISTERS, MA PS, MA DIRECTORS NDI MA ACCOUNTANT, MU MA OFFICEMO ALIPO AMBIRI OTERO, KOMA KUZIKONDA BASI.

    A MALAWI KOMA TICHENJERE TIZALILABE MUPAKA KALE-KALE.

    MULUNGU TISUNGINI.

  16. Zibwenzi za Leonard Kalonga and this confirms Kalonga and Senzani are thieves and also behind the six scania buses. Mbuzi zakuba.

  17. phunda says:

    I agree with you that our judicial system is rotten. How can a lawyer embroided in cashgate represent another cash gate suspect. Where is professional ethics? Komanso nanunso you should have your facts right. Umbavau akuchita ndi atumbuka ndi akumwera osati achewa. Chewas are disciplined. They believe in the four corner stones osati za umbava zanuzi

  18. mlomwe says:

    @ #15, iwe ndi mtumbuka eti? kunyasa pa cho bwetete cha chibwatiko wamva… this is why am backing secession agalu inu sitikufunani makamaka ku southern region kuno

  19. Alungwana says:

    I wonder where are the procedures for transacting a government cheque! We strugle to be cleared of our 50,000 cheques, how can then someone deposited such millions without proper procedures? The banks must also be taken to task. They played a big role aiding the cashgate. What a funny society we live in!

  20. The Truthful One from the West says:

    This is serious. A case to answer is not a joke. Why were you doing this Carol? You are just very beautiful and I feel sorry.

  21. nkhumba says:

    Malawi mbava ikuimira mlandu wina kodi malamulo anthu ndiautsiru eti ndizasamukatu ine kuno kapena ndizazibaya ndimpeni

  22. hendrina says:

    wat a beautiful lady koma kuba zoona. Akulu akulu sananame. chikomekome chankhuyu mkati muli nyerere.

  23. Moya says:

    With all evidence available these cases were discovered in 2013 we are now in 2014 and in three months time we will be in 2015, still no single ruling? this is a shame to the legal industry and government.

  24. Ma says:

    Now mbava zokhazokha zikuyimirana milandu. Is there no law prohiting this?

    Am 100% sure Savalla akalowa nde zili bo we should start seeing nice girls in jails and beauty contest will be starting soon there.

    Now Senzani needs more jail years as if not savalla too will Accept and pay Back mk84m Seeing precedent You Will Set becareful Judges.

  25. Collins says:

    mbava ndi mbava kuimila,are we serious as a nation?

  26. mona says:

    Amene amasainila Ma cheques Ali kuti nanga sakumangidwa bwanji?

  27. Bongololo says:

    The chewas, yaos and lomwes are specialists at stealing as evidenced by the cashgate saga which has thankfully exposed their ungodly ways. And when they are not stealing, they can be spotted digging, frying, and eating mice.

  28. Amai ameneo!kkkkkkkk aisova basi kkkkk

  29. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

    Mkazi ameneyutu tikamukhwasula ku Maula ife. Tikamudya doggy ndi ma style ena otero. Mbolo yathu yatota yatota yatota!!!!

    1. peter says:

      naweso she ain’t beautiful umangotota ndi nkhwangwa zomwetu shame on you adangoyera looka at her chin it’s just too long mwangotota za ziii kuli akazi kunja kuno pali chani apa

      1. you says:

        komaditu, amangototela za zii. Sanakongole uyu, kapena mukufera weave yo? si mkazi wokongola uyu, kapena kuyerako paja a Malawi mumati kuyela ndi kukongola kkkk

      2. muonosile says:

        Chibolibolichi?

        1. John Mchawa says:

          Kaya ndi Choboliboli – by Maula inmate standards, uyu akakhala Nyenyezi Titha.

      3. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

        Simunandimvetsetse akulu. Sindinati mkaziyu ndi okongola ayi. Gad forbid! Koma mbolo yanga yamutoterabe basi yamutotera. Ndiye paja kundende kulibe ma condom. Ndikamulonga nayo ya maliseche ameneyu. Kenako I will take a cold shower ngati Zuma kuopa zotengatenga

  30. Zachisoni says:

    Chisanzo choipa cha mzimayi uyu. Mbava!

  31. Mwapheranjiru says:

    Ndi Ku Malawi kokha Lawyer woimbidwa mlandu wa za umbamva, angaimilire mlandu uli wonse ku khoti, ai za nyasi zedi. Inu a Law Society mukulephera ntchito yanu apa. Inunso a ku High Court bwanji mukulekerera zopusa zoterezi kuipitsa mbiri ya ntchito ya malamulo ya Malawi. Izi ku maiko ena sizingachitike, zikupangitsa ntchito ya malamulo kukhala yosalekemekedzano.

    1. muonosile says:

      komanso yovuta.This is tantamount to conflict of interest.

  32. Vavlov says:

    Why was the ministry of Tourism used as a conduit for stealing government money?. Who engineered this? The PS who has admitted guilt? This issue should be probed further. Tourism can easily be a number one economic sector in Malawi but the government allocates thieves to the ministry. Punish these people please!! That’s a lot of money in a poor country where people are dying due to lack of medicine in clinics and hospitals. Probably Kasambala was involved in the looting, he is a shame, a lawyer who is a thief

  33. Galumgalu says; says:

    jail diz thefts peter, hav no mercy on dem. We hav suffered alot bcoz of diz idiots.

  34. Learnard says:

    pleases arrest RK immediately. ho must mafia incashgate.

  35. ujeni says:

    Just release the cashgate list, we are tired of this case shopping.

  36. Livulezi river says:

    Lets wait & see. At the end, all cash gatters will be acquitted! Just imagine pa K84m ngat anasunga, she can palmoil some top dogs in the judicial setup and buy her way out. Ths is the type of cases where educated men get the hip!!! Za ziiiiii zeni zeni!!!!!

  37. eye eye says:

    So it seems Tourism Ministry was the cashgate channel for siphoning govt funds by these ladies!……and carol through tourism again…So what was special with this tourism ministry to have been disbursing all these moneys for no work done. So the convicted and teh suspect together chewed more than 150 million for no work done….
    Lest we forget, the buses were also through the same tourism……..? where is that case by the way? where are the buses?

  38. Julius says:

    Wow carol u so beautiful i wil save the sentence on yo behalf

  39. John says:

    ……..and Ralph is the defence lawyer? The same Ralph answering the same charges? The same Ralph defending himself on his case? This make a juicy comedy!!!

  40. most of cashgatter are from north .because of improvement of system .northerners has no mean to steal public funds thus why are making noise about federation

    1. Greencardless Malawian says:

      Hahaha musandiseketse! Kaphunzireni kaye musanayambe kunyoza anthu pa nkhani yosawakhudza.

  41. Mtumiki Woyamba says:

    Here is a question is, how does Ms. Savala get government cheques issued in her company’s name, deposit them and have them cleared? Pali co-accused? Out of that K80 million I assure you she chowed less than K10 million. Stop wasting our time and deal with the real culprits.

    Zikukhala bwanji kodi?

    1. rosie says:

      I second that, she couldn’t have done it all on her own. There is foul play somewhere!!

      1. Lilaka Nena says:

        to get a govt cheque out, it involves at least ministry’s procurement committee, the ministry’s accountants, the Principle Secretary, the approver at accountant general, 2 or 3 signatories at ag, registrar at ag, accountant general, reserve bank, and commercial bank… all in all zimadutsa in about 15 hands

        onsewa munthuyu anawadumpha ???? zosatheka izi… wafera za eni mkaziyu… tizione bwino uyu wamangidwa koma zinthuzi zidzapitilira chifukwa the real culprits are still working and ARE STILL in the government system. BUT if the system is not stopped, then the future is really bleak for Malawi.

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