Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga has admitted in the High Court in Lilongwe that he has an agreement with the State to testify in the case in which former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and 17 others are facing K2.4 billion Cashgate case.
The accused are charged with conspiracy to defraud government, holding property belonging to government, theft, money laundering, fraudulently issuing 24 cheques worth K2.4 billion, abuse of public office and usage of proceeds of crime.
Kalonga also confirmed a “separate agreement” existed between him and the State to testify against Mphwiyo.
This was revealed when lawyer Shadreck Mhango, who is in the Mphwiyo defence team, grilled Kalonga during cross –examination.
Kalonga said he is willing to sacrifice his life and freedom to ensure Cashgate justice and that he is going to respect the secret convenant he has with the State.
Mhango asked Kalonga what would happen if he will not live by the agreement with the State.
“Will you be killed,” Mhango asked Kalonga.
Kalonga said he will abide by the agreement because he wants to spill the beans in the Cashgate affair and ensure justice.
But lawyer Mhango asked the State to tender the agreement it signed with the Cashgate convict to court.
Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale said the State would produce rhe agreement it has with Kalonga but asked for “some clauses” not to be made public.
Kalonga—who was convicted of charges of conspiracy to defrauding government, facilitating money laundering and money laundering— is on record telling the court that Mphwiyo and others lured him into the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.
He is waiting for sentencing and it is believed the agreement with State is that he should implicate some suspects and gets bargain for lenient sentence.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :