Convicted Malawi ‘cashgater’ Senzani should face jail -ACB:  Sentencing Oct 2

The first convict in the ongoing ‘cashgate’ cases.  former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism Treaser Namathanga-Senzani who was found guilty on her own plea of theft and money laundering, will be sentenced on October 2.

‘Cashgate’ denotes the systematic skimming of millions of dollars of money from the government payment system.

High court judge Ivy Kamanga on Monday said she will deliver pass her sentencing on October 2 on the case of former PS for Tourism, Treza Namathanga Senzani, who pleaded guilty to charges of theft of K63 million  (about US$150,000) and money laundering.

Namathanga-Senzani: Convict waiting sentecing

Namathanga-Senzani: Convict waiting sentecing

Namathanga-Senzani now faces a prison sentence of up to five years for the theft and of up to ten years plus two million kwacha fine for the money laundering offences. But the sentence after own plea of guilty is at the judge’s discretion.

The defence are seeking a lighter sentence, while prosecutors from the Anti-Corruption Bureau demanded a maximum sentence of five years for theft and 10 years for money laundering, charges which the defence disputed.

Senzani’s lawyer, Necton Mhura, has submitted that the court should be lenient with Senzani.

Mhura’s reason for asking for leniency are that Senzani has already lost her job, she has paid back the K63 million stolen from government, she has fully cooperated with prosecution and that she is old and prisons are harsh on the aged.

He said the convict “could not be described as the worst offender because she pleaded guilty as an indication of remorse and contrition.”

Restitution, he said, was the major mitigating factor in reducing the sentence on Senzani.

He said by pleading guilty, his client had not wasted court’s time and not wasted taxpayer’s money in lengthy prosecution.

“Pleas of guilty must be encouraged,” Mhura said.

Prosecutor Reyneck Matemba who is ACB deputy director, in his response, said that the court should pass custodial sentence because Senzani committed breach of trust as a controlling officer.

He added that Malawi government has lost donor aid because of her stealing.

“When Senzani stole, she knew she would get caught and lose her job. After restitution, government has lost donor aid. She has resituated and pleaded guilty but decision to steal from Malawians still stands,” he said.

Matemba also argued against Mhura’s suggestion that Senzani cooperated with the prosecution.

He said Senzani didn’t help prosecution; she remained silent and only pleaded guilty because of the overwhelming evidence against her.

“We are not looking at plea of guilty as a sign of remorse, we are simply looking at the mitigating factors the court may take to account when it comes to sentencing,” Matemba said.

He said instead of Senzani “safeguarding resources, she did the opposite. As if this is not enough, she was chairperson of the internal procurement committee…she knew what she was doing.”

“She knew that by taking K63 million when she did not supply any goods or services, she would be caught, she would be punished and lose her job. The fact that she will lose her job should not sway this court to be lenient on her…she intended that consequence, my lady,” he said.

Matemba went on to say that Cashgate should not be blamed on the loopholes in the payment system because the systems were operated by individuals.

Senzani, accompanied by her husband and family members, sat calmly during the lawyers’ exchanges.

Justice Ivy Kamanga then granted the convict bail with part of her bail condition requiring her to register her real property.

Cashgate’ unravelled following the shooting of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo on 14 September 2013. Thereafter, huge sums of money in Malawi Kwacha, South African Rands and US dollars started showing up in unlikely places like car boots or under pillows as the suspects were avoiding formal banking since the unexplained money could have raised eye-brows.

At least 70 people were arrested and are currently facing theft, fraud, corruption and money laundering charges in courts.

Western donor nations, who bank roll at least 40 percent of Malawi’s budget, reacted by pulling the plug on the earmarked US $150m in budgetary support.

‘Cashgate’ is Malawi’s biggest financial scandal in the southern African country’s 50-year history as an independent country.

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68 thoughts on “Convicted Malawi ‘cashgater’ Senzani should face jail -ACB:  Sentencing Oct 2”

  1. Nyoxy says:

    Amangidwe basi ngadzaname

  2. chekambewa says:

    If the sentence will be linient as pple are suggesting then it will be aset back koma munthu kungoba kamzibe three years then where is justice? my lady judge do some thing better than this anticipation

  3. mzunzunde says:

    ambuye akanangobwera adzatiweluze.am tired of ds world full theft,corruption,killings,hunger,poverty,sicknesses and death.ooooooooh may jesus com.

    1. chathanga Liva says:

      Osalimba dzikoli ngati mumalipila rent,nanu yambani.

  4. MLOMWE ORIGINAL says:

    KODI CASHGATE IKUMUKHUZA SENZANI EKHAYU? ACB AH! LIUZENI DZIKO ZOONA

  5. Vavlov says:

    This lady has shown remorse and paid back at least some of her lout; so let her be given a lenient sentence. But she must reveal those who inducted her into stealing. There must be others, probably even in higher position.

  6. RFD says:

    So if a thief brings back what he stole he should not go to jail? Nonsense. It does not matter how hold Senzani is, she must go to prison. Malawians are facing a financial crisis of life threating proportions. Some donor funding has been withdrawn because of cashgate. People are going to starve, others are going to die due to lack of medicines in our hospitals. The cashgate perps have taken this country backwards. The nation was making improvements with availability of forex and fuel. Our diplomatic partners were slowly returning to Malawi after the embarassments of the former DPP regime. Then people like Senzani had to go and ruin it for everybody because of their greed and utter lack of regard for the welfare of their fellow Malawians. They made us look stupid in the eyes of the world. They deserve to be punished. No lenient sentences, no house arrests. Fine these idiots and send their sorry !@#$ to jail!!

  7. vitumbiko mwakipuyi says:

    I have considered the cashgate issue and have made my own conclusion that those who were involved in this undesirable act aren’t different from any of us who are engaged in various malpractices and are not yet caught! Let me remind everyone that a sin is a sin no matter its intensity in the eyes of man, God will judge us accordingly, therefore let us refrain from making silly comments because we are equally wrong doers, leave everything to God, He has the final authority to judge all of us. Lord have mercy.

  8. Yes Mutharika must be serious on cashgate scandal against the people who concerned, because malawians are stil watching on that.

  9. Namalira says:

    Give them life imprisonment stating with this selfish woman senzani.

  10. Namalira says:

    Amangeni ndithu! anthu afa amoyofe tikuvutika because of these selfish people. Please, deal with others as soon as possible you have a starting point with this BAD WOMAN!

  11. Zosautsa says:

    Commentor no 49, Mhura is not a dull man………..he taught me Introduction to Law at CHANCO. The dude is not sloppy, blv u m

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

    Kodi mlandu wa Caroline Savala ndiye uli pati? Asathawetu moopsezera ndi ntchafu!
    A Necton Mhura anayamba kuima ku Court tsopano? Hehehe. He’s always struck me as a dull man.

  13. It will be very pleasing if they also pin UDF and DPP. Why PP? If you were not aware that a lot of monies in billions ended in people’s pockets during UDF and DPP, then cashgate song is witch hunt. If they pin this woman then it will be evident that Malawi has kangaroo courts.Bakili and Bingo periods were worse.

    1. ntaya says:

      They were in govt so ask them why they kept quiet.

  14. VYOTO says:

    THIS IS ANOTHER SCANDAL WHERE THE DEFENCE FOR THIS CASHGATTER MAYI SENZANI IS LED BY NECTON MHURA, I ASSUME THIS MHURA IS THE SAMEONE WHO WAS THE FORMER DEPUTY CHIEF SECRETARY DURING THE LATE BINGU’S DPP ADMINISTRATION ALSO A LOMWE BY TRIBE. WE UNDERSTAND SENZANI IS ALSO A LOMWE TRIBE.

    NO WONDER DONORS ARE UNLIKELY TO UNLOCK THEIR AID MONEY BECOZ DPP ITSELF CANNOT BE TRUSTED JUST LIKE PP.

  15. Mwendanato says:

    Thanks for your early plea and paying back the MK63 million nanga zasalazo is still stolen money only if you pay back every thing that does not belong to you encluding the exective houses you have accrued, then leniency of a five year jail term would leave soul of the departed to rest in eternal peace

  16. Redeemed says:

    What suddens me in this case is the mere fact that the culprit is a woman whom naturally is supposed to be not only sympathetic but considerate as well, being a woman myself, I barely withstand the sight of pain endured by the majority of malawians and only wish I could extend a helping hand. People of similar calibre require a devine touch from above in order to experience a devine transformation, so that they could be healed from this greed virus and learn to consider others.

  17. maggie moyo says:

    mulungu amve kulila kwathu

  18. Che Maganizi says:

    hahahahaha. it is only during the DPP led government that we are seeing convictions.

  19. Kanyenda says:

    Mukangomukhululukira Senzani, tiyambanso kuba muona, Haaaaaa!

  20. She is from Lhomwe belt. So release her unconditionary. Pitala does not condon harrassment of his kin and kith. Paja ndi sister wa, a alamu, a Kachiko. What she paid back is an iota of what she illegally took from the govt coffers. she didn’t steal but misappropriated. Mwina ndi wa ku Edingeni ameneyu. nanga wa kwao kwa bwana angabe? It speaks alot about the bigman himself. Paja amafuna ku kwatira former minister of ndiye panotu ndi alamu..

  21. Che Kwenyengwe says:

    Zayambika!!! kalowe kalowe kaloweniiii sure!!!

  22. vindere says:

    The family where this woman comes from are all rich through dubious ways. Check out her brothers and sisters if u know what i mean.

  23. Mona says:

    Palibe za old age apa, ali middle aged mukunama chani? wokalamba amaba?

  24. Chitete Zikambani says:

    A maiwa apite ku Maula, gogo amachita matha ndi zithu za eniake mamashoni anamanga kale ku Bunda Turn-off. Anaboola kasupe ndiye chitsimecho chapwera amangidwe basi.

  25. APM says:

    We want big fish not bonya

    1. RFD says:

      We want them all. Sharks, crocodiles, chambo, bonya or matemba, all of them. Nobody should escape. K63 million is not peanuts. Indications are that she actually stole more than that.

  26. KAINJA says:

    Cashgaters Are Evil And Wicked
    Like An Armed Robber !! All Those Involved Must Dance To The Music !! Even If You May Cover Them Up Now / Very Soon Somebody Will Come And The Truth Shall Prevail !!!

  27. abdul says:

    she is a true law abiding citizen.she pleaded guilty .paid back money.not lost precious court time.i wonder what more else do we want?she should do community work for 1year like=sweeping in any market of her choice,tsoka free market from 8 am to 10am,monday to thursday daily under supervision of responsible office.Rather than jailing her to set a precedent on would be cashgaters on community work.

    1. NTHABWALA says:

      What picture and Lesson Will that give to other Civil servants ?????

  28. Tiuzeni inuyo says:

    For her to get scot free since she has returned the money she stole? If that shall indeed be the verdict then the message to all Public Servants will be that you can steal money but once caught just refund the amount and you will be a free person. We have read on this forum that a former employee at Mudi House only attempted to steal but got a cool 6 year custodial sentence so what is this bullshit all about? Is Mulhakhoism at play here?

  29. HERE EVERBODY MUST FACE THE LAW FROM 1999 TO 2014 : CORRUPTIONS, CASHGATE, STEALING ETC. AND MONEY TO BE PAID BACK TO GVT.

  30. Narendra Popat says:

    WHY ARE THEY NOT ARRESTING MAJID ABOOBAKER OF HTD? M’MWENYE WAKUBA NGATI UYU KULIBENSO….

  31. nyaphaphi says:

    NUMBER 6 – I solely agree with you …Indians will do anything in order to get the tenders… i am so much afraid that BEAM foundation will be leeway for Indians into the NEW DPP system i plead with the Madame not to allow the indians penetrate…they are here to milk us…ati malawian of asian origin ..what the FUCK

  32. chipie kay says:

    why is it that government is busy pushing someone to jail yet the big fish is the same man on top position?how come is it that 92 BILLION CASE HAS BN BARRIED? Lets change our mindsets on cashgaters especialy the minor group: focus on cashgate at national level an not indiovidual target

  33. Onse ogwidwa alandire chilango coz anthu ambiri akuzunzika specifically in hospital kamba ka iwowa

  34. Yobe boo says:

    Alomwe kuba, Taonani mayiwa ngaku Thyolo, amuna awo ku Mulanje. Alomwe kuzolowera kutapa zaulere. Sanaphunzire nkose koma Bingu anwaika pamenepa, ndiye kubaaaaaaa! Eeee alomwe, Alomweeee! Mbwiya!!!!!!!!!!!.

  35. Abiti Mtila says:

    What about Lutepo, Raphael Kasambara, Manondo, Savala, Kalonga and the other thugs when are you cpnviting them?

  36. Kanyimbi says:

    Hahahaha! years for theft and 10 years for money laundering. Which case is the most sinful?

  37. MaiMai says:

    dID THE COURTS INVESTIGATE HOW MUCH IN TOTAL SHE STOLE? Let’s not just get excited that she has returned mk63m? This lady SURELY stole lots and lots of millions and she knows giving back mk63m is NOTHING from her reserves. Blame COURTS AND POLICE for not carrying out thorough investigations before sentencing.

    Did even the judge ask her how much she stole?

    No lenience here, if she was not taken to court, was she going to give back this little cash? NOOOOOOOOO!!! So, she wasted our time going to court and then there accepting, why not before court???

  38. agalu inu says:

    watsala joice ndi nsonda

  39. karrina says:

    Knowing ivy kamanga she will not give this woman any lengthy sentence she is the worst judge .As for Treaser muchotse chi weave cho chikanunkhatu ku maula ko

  40. Truck says:

    That’s why the Donors stopped giving us Aid,how can some other people of Cashgate be taken to Court others not.Dont forget those Donors are watching you better take all Cashgaters to Court otherwise no Aid.

  41. PHYATANGU says:

    This is KACHOKHO’S BLOOD SISTER AND THIS MAKES HER USING OTHER ADVICE FROM THE RULING PARTY TO COOPERATE AND THERE MUST BE SOMETHING BEHIND HER GUILTY PLEA. SHE WILL BE PARDONED BY THE PRESIDENT ON CHRISTMAS DAY

  42. Pido says:

    The Money Was For Tourism Not Hospitals

  43. Alungwana says:

    By all means Ivy Kamanga knows her job better than the ACB and I expect with all the hope that Senzani will not spend much time in prison. Enananu mungovutika chabe. Even if she will be there for 8 years, she will be enjoying life more than you who call yourselves free people. SHE IS OUT OF INTERNAL SLAVERY.

  44. salimu says:

    Just set the lady free. How did Bingu amass his wealth? At least Senzani said Pepani and paid back to government. Why do you people think government decided to instruct banks to honour government cheques regardless of whether there was money or not? It was a scheme to defraud government by those DPP fools civil servants are not daft they also helped themselves.

  45. Chemwali chimwene says:

    She quickly pleaded guilty to avoid the prosecutors discovering more. She stole more money. She is a mulakho and will be pardoned.

  46. Goodcitizen says:

    Lamulo ligwire ntchito kuti mayi aone chimene chinameta nkhanga mpala .azungu asiya ku thandiza bcoz of cash gate.

  47. Wodzitsata says:

    I totally share no. 5’s observation; where did Senzani get the money she paid back? It means apart from what she has so far been caught with, she has stolen much more! Furthermore, let’s not say she is remorseful but she has been cornered; give her ALL the years! That way people will stop glorifying plunder of public resources. The only people that should be considered are those that would come out and confess before being caught, if that was ever possible! But even they ka 3 years kokha alandire basi. Please also take note that jail is harsh for everyone; actually that is the point about jail! There are OLD people rotting there who have not even had the opportunity of being judged/being represented by expensive lawyers. They do not have anyone to bring them sausages in beatiful containers on a daily basis. This case will show whether the appointment of the current Artoney General was not meant to compromise the pursuit of cashgaters. Jean Namathanga Senzani, I sentence you to 10 and 5 years IHL to run consecutively!

  48. Mtumiki Woyamba says:

    She pleaded guilty because she knows that what she stole is way much more than what she was being charged for. She is merely avoiding a case of khoswe wa pa tsindwi.

    she must be slapped with the maximum sentence.

  49. Abk says:

    the convict is now 46 in two months time. with no health problems as in her capacity, should we consider her an aged woman at 46? we have been recently hearing of 10 years maximum sentence given to the 75 for defiling an 11 year old girl, who is considered old between these two , 46 and 75? I guess the subject is 29 behind the latter which gives her youthful advantage of serving a maximum of 204 months without any chances of parole considering the nature of the case, the pain caused to many, and her duty calls. otherwise an 11 year old’s future has been spoilt by the 75 years old, individual as much more like Malawi’s future has been spoilt by the 46 years old, individual.

  50. Namu! says:

    The biggest scandal is the MK92billion saga while “cashgate” is the second biggest, not so?

  51. clement says:

    This crook lady must rot in prison with hard labour no matter what she pay back the cash. She built her mansion near Bunda turn-off with govt money while the poors dying in hospitals lacking medicine.No mercy to these pple and the rest should also pay back then save jail.

  52. nkhedu says:

    tiyeni tione pa 2 october kuti zitha bwanji

  53. ujeni says:

    She will be released next year by Peter Mutharika on 6th July

  54. Asian says:

    I want to know how much more does this indians want from government coffers as you
    HTD recvd mk3.5 billion compensation from government and built the glass building opposite queens hospital
    U have given mk20 million to the presidents wife to get more tendors
    At the expense of poor malawians r u not afraid of gods punishment
    Here nd hereafter
    The poor locals dont have access to medicines at hospitals wake up.
    If this message is read by god fearing people lets wake up n take action today by giving tenders to genuine people nx form a committee which should include opposition nd religous leaders then only v can come up
    Where is the case of lido who has looted army n police
    Mr. President u have studied in USA nd must b having some sense of humour that dont let this indians screw malawi further

  55. Kariba says:

    Where did this animal get the full amount to pay back. It means the money was more than that., naked pigs.

  56. Nankungwi says:

    She stole money that has caused some suffering of people some of whom have died. Why shoud she have leniency?

  57. maluli says:

    Am suffering bcoz of these people justice must prevail,ma college intakes atsika bcoz of them

    1. Malawiana says:

      Its true alot of people are suffering because of these merciless thieves. I cant differentiate between the cashgaters and the perpetrators of holocaust or genocide. They have massacred people through their selfish actions and this is an opportunity for the country to show that we are serious about dealing with these dogs. 20 years minimum jail term would make sense though hanging them would be ideal.

  58. james makwenda says:

    Kaphale anawapusitsa amai wa…ali plead guilty and govt will give you a suspended sentence

  59. Sho? says:

    She is old? No Necton, she is just less than or almost 50 now.
    But truly speaking, at least we got our moneys back, others have stolen and neither convicted or taken to court; still ‘enjoying’ their freedom and the stolen!This animal farm.
    Sorry Triza!

    1. Think Tank. says:

      @ Sho?, having the money back is one thing but is it safe now? This might be a case of redeeming it for another thief.

      1. Nimolere says:

        True. The money want even trickle to government coffers. It’s just changing hands.

      2. Sho? says:

        You are right think tank…the returned cash, even before the ruling comes out, may have been cashgated already!

        The BIG question is how money can be returned before the judgement IS MADE……i.e. the returning of money should be could be of the judgement, not so?…So who judged that the money should be returned, to whom, the government or ministry before judgement on October 2? Show us the receipts of the returned cash please lest we be suspicious!

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