‘Cashgater’ Soko to learn sentence Nov 13: Pleads for non-custodial sentence

Lilongwe Magistrate Court has been asked not to jail Malawi Congress Party (MCP) deputy director of youth Wyson Zinyemba Soko who was found guilty of theft and money laundering for his involvement in the ongoing financial scandal dubbed “Cashgate” that saw millions of dollars looted from the impoverished country’s government.

Soko: Found guilty and convicted of 'cashgate' affair

Soko: Found guilty and convicted of ‘cashgate’ affair

Soko’s fate lies in the hands of Senior Resident Magistrate Patrick, who will announce his decision after the mitigation submission from defence and prosecution.

His lawyer Henry Kadzakumanja made the mitigation submission on Friday and pleaded for non-custodial sentence.

In an event that the court jails Soko, he asked for to be lenient to his client.

But state prosecutor hired for cashgate cases, Kamudoni Nyasulu said non- sentence would be “shockingly inappropriate” and could cause Malawians to lose faith in their legal system.

He said the court need to “send a message to the public” through stiffer sentence.

Soko  was found guilty and convicted after was  paid K40.9 million ($90 000)  through his company Watipaso General Dealers from the Ministry of Tourism vote when the company had no contract with government, as testified by various government officials during trial.

“The accused participated actively in defrauding government,” noted Chirwa.

Chirwa also trashed Soko’s assertions during his testimony that a Godfrey Banda used his company and the money belonged to Banda because he gave “illogical and emotional” answers when cross-examined on the particulars of the Banda.

“I found the statements very strange and entirely unbelievable,” Chirwa said.

Soko becomes the third person to be convicted in many Cashgate cases currently before the courts.

Earlier this year a secretary in Malawi’s tourism department Teresa Namathanga Senzani was sentenced to three years in jail. And on Tuesday Lilongwe Magistrate Court sentenced Victor Sithole, 28 to nine years imprisonment with hard labour.

He was an account assistant in the Malawian government in 2013 when he was found with about $66 000 in cash in American, South African and Malawian currency.

The court will hand its sentence on November 13.

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50 thoughts on “‘Cashgater’ Soko to learn sentence Nov 13: Pleads for non-custodial sentence”

  1. Symon pharaoh says:

    Zinthu izi zikusonyeza kuti pali discrimination btween sex and kuziwana. This judge is nt fair, why akuwapasa anthu amenewa zaka chopa ngati izi, zimenezi sizingachepetse ukapysala ndi umbava in our gud country. Zauchitsiru basi, we r staving cos of fulish people lyk these.

  2. North says:

    Malawi is now going down ndi fedoh.kodi malawi how many things that malawi will handle cashgate/fedo?

  3. Dungsy says:

    Wina kuba nkhuku zaka 15 kma enawa the affected many if nt all the lives of malwians…….kma only 3 yrs……rubish….chijaji iwe……u r very stupid

  4. Mwenecho says:

    ofunika chikhomo akhomedwe asapangeso chimbudzi

  5. Mtupatupa says:

    Has he returned the stolen money or not? And where is the cash that was spotted in Sithole’s cars? Other-wise some one could also be enjoying the same!

  6. Big brain says:

    Ma supplier musafele za emu pls just reveal who was issuing he cheques !

    There is no way the supplier can get a signed cheque without a government official signing !

    Ululani nde nde zidzadza

  7. Akhoti gwirani ntchito MCP asalowelere Soko alangidwe kuba ndalama za boma

  8. Sentence him to jail >9yrs or else ndilowa ntchire

  9. boston mlotha says:

    sorry

  10. Zinyemba says:

    Zimenezi ndi mbava za MCP zimene zunachalira kupitiliza cashgate ati akawina.list tili nayo.mukamangidwa mkumati it’s political.anthu akuba inu you think we do not know you.munaba nthawi ya one party system, mwaba ndi anthu a UDF, mumazikoloweka ku DPP nthawi ya Bingu mwaba iba who can trust you.campaign munapangira ndalama zokuba shupit

  11. Tengupenya says:

    By the testimony, the convict was an accessory to theft and a willing collaborator. By deduction, convict shared the loot with the principals and he directly benefited. Following the benefit, convict perpetuated his collaboration with the principals. However, Court did not believe his claims of being an accessory to crime. Court found that he was himself the principal or among the principals. Let us wait and see the quantum of the just desert Court will exact.

  12. joseph says:

    so many sauls suffering. custodial sentence basi

    1. Lilaka Nena says:

      Joseph, I can not help it.
      Spell it SOULS not Sauls.
      Kapena mumafuna kunena kuti Saulos?
      muhahahahahahaha!!!!!

  13. odl 3 teachers r not paid bcoz of them,maximum 10yrs,white uniform,apply lice in their clothes,1 meal/day,20 whips/nite,zitsiru inu

  14. Ludo says:

    mbava zonse ziponyeni mndende! zonyengererana ayi.

  15. Fathara says:

    Kodi ndi fuse nawo MCP yake ndiyomweyi akulilila bomayi imene anthu ake amaba ndalama za boma? Abale ngati anthu amakwanisa kuba asali m boma, nanga atalowamo ndiye basitu Malawi tingapachike. Koma anakakhala anzawo. A Chakwela kuteleko kulongolola kuja zinali ndalama za cash gate koma yaah.

  16. Maseko says:

    Mukuchedwa minda ya cabbage ikuwadikila kundende

  17. LACKSON LIKAMA says:

    Musawasiye ayenera kunjatidwa.Wina ndi uja wayamba kubisa nyumba zake popakaso utoto wina kuopa kulandidwa.Hehedeeeeeee!The year is the year

  18. Zeze says:

    Popha nyani, sitiona nkhope! These are very bad people in our society and they deserve no other than a very lengthy custodial sentence. They were merciless on us and we need not have mercy with them. Akaphwe madzi, amanjoya ndi ndalama zakuba!

  19. Gilbert says:

    AMALAWI KUPUSA KWAMBIRI, AMAONA NGATI DZIKO LA AMBUYAWO KUMALIDYERA NDALAMA,LAFOTE LAKWANA APA 5 YEARS IN JAIL, CHONSECHO M’MAPITA KUCHALICHI!,AMBIRI ATENGELE PHUNZIRO OGWIRA MBOMA M’MAZITENGA NGATI ZA AMBUYANU….,LIST @POLICE,IMMIGRATION,HOSPITALS,…INSTEAD OF COUNTING ON YOUR SALARIES YOU WANT MORE AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS DZIKO LIKUSINTHA ILI BECAREFULL!.

  20. Bob says:

    This world is round no man can claim to be totally innocent. Amene sanabepo alumbire. Osaseka anzanu as if inu osalakwa. Fonseki agalu inu.

    1. Tengupenya says:

      mbala ndi wakuba amene wagwidwa. otsala adikile tsiku la 40.

  21. Chipalamawamba says:

    Guyz Aliyense Wa C ashgate Deserves Castodial Sentence, Mukamapanga Za Selective Malawi Will Go Burkina Faso Because Mbava Ndi Mbava The Way You Treat Okuba Bonya So Is Everyone.So Whoever Benefitted A Penny From Cashgate Should Be Sent To Chichiri,zomba Maximum , And Maula Prison Nothing Less.Otherwise Tiyambanapo Pa Malawi Pano.

  22. Penu says says:

    AMANGIDWE BASI AMENEWO MBAVA ZIKULUZIKULU ZIMENEZO.IFE ENI AKE OPEREKA MISONKHO TIKUVUTIKABE.MUSAWAMVERE CHISONI AMENEWO

  23. muzandifuna zitavuta says:

    pepani

  24. masso says:

    chipani ndiye chimenechi, wachinyamatadi eeh! Ziliko ku Malawi!

  25. EAGLE'S NEST says:

    FUNNY SO HE IS DE DIRECTOR AND MONEYJAR OF DE COMPANY?WATIPASO MEANS “SOMEON HAS GIVEN US AGAIN”BUT WHO IS DIS WATIPASO?GIVING MONEY TO MR SOKO AND PUT HIM IN SOUP KKKKK.WATIPASO . HEY! BY DE WAY BAKILIMULUZI CASE 1.7 BILLION CASE WAS IT JUDGED? WAT IS DE CONLUSION.SELECTIV JUSTICE?

  26. Kadzibwa says:

    No mercy.He deserves 12 years in prison with hard labour.

  27. wawa says:

    He deserves 7 years behind bars…. Thank you

  28. Kanyimbi says:

    Komansotu mitundu inayi ndiye yawonjeza kuba bwanji? Chonchi Malawi angatukuke?

  29. Kanyimbi says:

    Kodi a MCP amadya nawonso? timadwatu ife makani amenewa. Ayi wasala Kabwila.

  30. Gongoni says:

    I found you Wyson Zinyemba Soko and (MCP for using part of the cashgate for campaign)guilty of theft of public funds. You and MCP killed alot of Malawians for luck of medicine in hospitals. You even killed dead bodies (corpses) in motuaries coz there was no money to service the freezers.Thats Double offence of killing. Because of your action there is no aid coming to Malawi which means Malawians will continue to suffer in many ways.I THEREFORE SENTENCE YOU AND MCP TO DEATH BY TARMEC.

    1. Lilaka Nena says:

      nanu mortuary yachani….
      anzanu asilamu sapanga za mortuary…
      tsiku lomwero basi…
      chinthu cho wola kusunga mu fridge mpakaana 2 weeks!!!

  31. Benca says:

    Amangidwenso ameneyu osamusiya choncho. A malawi akuvutika chifukwa cha anthu ngati amenewa. Ngati simumumanga ameneyu sindilipira msonkho.

  32. Abk says:

    no leniency in this Malawi’s high profile case.

  33. MBANO NDI ZEPETE says:

    anjatidwe basi.bandayoso ammunjate

  34. Mr.Bambo says:

    Why should he not be given a custodial one like everybody else in the team?

  35. amfumu says:

    Director of youth at 65?

  36. nachisale says:

    Yes, we already lost trust in our judicial system, especially Senzani case. We are not happy at all.

  37. wtl says:

    come on! slap them one by one, thieves!!!

  38. Zadziwika says:

    Soko’s plea is VERY laughable; he wants to finish the cashgate proceeds at his house! He must be dreaming; he didn’t have MERCY when stealing but he wants to be given mercy now- STUPID!

  39. fisi Gammar says:

    Kodi ADPP ayamba liti achina Makani ankhondo civil Engineering

  40. Aaron says:

    Pepa bwanawe,nkhuyu zokudya akulu zikupota ananso?

  41. Leonard Kalonga and Senzani were behind this in the ministry of tourism. Leonard just get ready and we understand you are living with Anita Kalinde. Kulibe azimayi kundendetu.

    1. Lilaka Nena says:

      Not only Leonard Kalonga, and Senzani…
      but also Racheal, Kenson M’bwana, and Odoyi Kamange.
      Godfrey Banda mentioned in this case is already answering in court, lake likwana.
      all these from Ministry of Tourism.
      Report lija silikukamba zambiri kaya bwanji…

  42. Mfwethu says:

    These cashgaters esp them asking fo non custodial sentences just show that they have no remorse on what they have done to the nation of malawi, i wish each of them would have been sentenced to a minmum of 10 yrs in jail.

  43. short wamtali says:

    MK40. million kwacha should be returned back to gvt. coffers ena atafunenso while he goes to Maula and join his colleagues.

  44. Peter Muthanyula says:

    Pepani mr. Magistrate, tapota nanu. Give Mr. Soko the benefit of the doubt. He is a kind man and he is very sociable. Chonde, give a guy a lenient sentence. Munthuyo ndiwamtima wabwino akuluakulu and he is always ready to help munthu akavutika. Please let him pay back the money and give him a suspended sentence. Tizikhala chonchi pa malawi pano kodi?

    1. Nyapapi says:

      Nyapapi iwe, mboli yake. Amangidwe 20 years galu ameneyi

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