Fiscal Police officer in charge Yacks Bonongwe has said many people have responded positively to the public to help them trace properties that were bought using cashgate money.
He said many people are informing the law enforcers on Cashgate property and bank account and that the response has been ” overwhelming, .”
Bonongwe said Fiscal Police “ did not anticipate” such a response.
“ This will help us to make more inroads in our investigations”, said Fiscal Police officer in charge.
Currently, the prosecution is fighting to recover about K2.1 million from another convict, Victor Sithole; K1.4 million of the money used to purchase grain produce while K750 000 was used to pay rentals in Area 47 in Lilongwe.
If successful, according to special prosecutor in Cashgate cases Kamudoni Nyasulu, government will have so far recovered K220 million from the K24 billion that the Baker Tilly forensic audit found was siphoned from government within six months from April to September 2013.
Through the courts,three convicts: former principal secretary of Tourism Tressa Senzani (K62 million), Maxwell Namata and Luke Kasamba collectively paid back K24 million.
The recovered money represents just under one percent amounts almost nothing if the K92 billion that is
suspected to have been stolen between 2009 and 2012 is brought into the equation.
From Sithole, the prosecution already seized K112 million, $31,850 and R1220 250, which is in the custody of the Reserve Bank of Malawi.
The prosecution has so far secured six convictions and has recovered K63 million from former Ministry of Tourism Principal Secretary Tress Namathanga who was sentenced to three years imprisonment and K14 million from Maxwell Namata who was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
Meanwhile, the High Court in Lilongwe on Tuesday was expected to hear an application for confiscation of K40 million for which businessperson Wyson Zinyemba Soko was convicted and sentenced to seven and a half years for theft and money laundering.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :