Court discharge cashgate suspect Roosevelt Ndovi

The Lilongwe Magistrate Court has ordered the State to return the money and assets belonging to Principal Accountant in government, Roosevelt Ndovi, who has been discharged from charges of money laundering and unlawful possession of foreign currency.

Ndovi (right) acquitted

Ndovi (right) discharged

Ndovi was arrested on September 30 2013 after being found with K3 million in the boot of a car at Capital Hill and $25,400 at his house.

But the court decided to discharge the suspect following the State’s unwillingness to prosecute him.

However, Chief Resident Magistrate Ruth Chinangwa, who made the determination on Monday, said the state is at liberty to restore the matter as discharge is not a bar to subsequent proceedings.

“The call was made on 10th July 2014 for the state to come to court and put on record their position as regards their prosecution. At this stage, the court was mindful the accused had taken plea and his assets had been seized. The state remained silent for about 16 months.

“The court is aware that this case has been branded ‘cashgate’. The court still maintains the view that the rights of accused to fair trial stand in the midst of cashgate woes.

“It is on the above score that the court finds that the state has been unwilling to prosecute and discharge the accused under Section 247 (2) of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Act. The state is at liberty to restore the matter as any discharge is not a bar to subsequent proceedings. As regards the seized properties the state is ordered to return the same,” reads Chinangwa’s ruling.

Chinangwa also said any aggrieved party has the right to appeal within 30 dates from the day of the pronouncement.

Meanwhile, State Prosecutor Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda has said they will appeal against the court’s decision and they will apply for a stay order of the decision pending appeal.

The state seized K3 million and $25,400 the accused was found with.

The state also seized Toyota Corolla registration number BR 228, International Cross Border Permits for Trucks KA 4791 and BS 4121, fuel cards for Total and Puma, two laptop bags, and personal cheque books for National Bank of Malawi, Malawi Savings Bank and Standard Bank, Business cheque books for Kaplan General Suppliers for NBS Bank and FDH Bank, personal passport and two folders with sale agreements for parcels of land and architectural drawings.

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Hard work pays vuto lili ndi ife amalawi zanthu akachita bwino,timamuganizila zambili,kma mukamuona akukanda ndipamwene mumasangalala kumuona azivutika,,,mpatseni zakezo court lalamula basi,,,,mayi magistrate chinangwa nice work muzigona kutali ndi moto!!! In malawi wi need judges like ur kind…mulungu akuyang’anile o dayz ov ur life u shud nt lack anything..peace pa malawi.


in malawi we need judges like this,magistrate chinangwa,GOD should continue to bless u and give u wat eva u ask from him by not taking sides but truth wich are on the ground,,and matter of fact wat is 3 million kwacha???? Is it a crime to walk with money in cars???malawi wea are wi going?? Nsanje ndikaduka a malawi can’t lead us anywhere….give ndovi zithu zake basi……there are people in different parts of malawi who are dealing wth foreighn currencies apolice bwaji osamakagwila anthu otelelowo mumawaopa chani?????

When th police had first arrested mr ndovi they said they had evidence that he had stolen money from the dapartment of acc general….was tha audit evidence from the department of general? Or was from the central internal audit? If their evidence was not sourced from those two gvt audit departments then what type of evidence do they have that would prove that ndovi had stolen money from department of the acc general. Did the department of the acc general call the national audit office to audit the office of ndovi. Its only the department of auditor general that produce… Read more »
The state is holding international cross border permits for mr ndovi for motor vehicles…as it is stated in the affidavit. This is onew of thew items that the magistrate court has ordered the state to release to mr ndovi….now what does that mean to any wise man in my opinion those documents means that ndovi is involved in carrying out international transportation business that means he is likely to possess foreign currency since in international transporters are paid in forex and not in malawi kwacha.besides that it is the gvt which issues oout international cross boarder permits. Through malawi road… Read more »

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welcome back mwana wakwithu Ndovi. Kukaya kunu ku Chilumba takukolera vibomu, wakabwiri, bwankha, nda usipa. sima yakhi kondowole


Enanu ndi jelous. Is it acrime to have 3mita because of cashgate? What is 3million?


The problem is witch-hunting dominates the cash gate cases. The focus is on Kasambara because he is a reputable lawyer. Even the team of prosecutors are madeya okhaokha. Do they really understand these issues corruption a police ndi tumalawyer ta bomatu?


Heheheheheeeeeeee kumalawi kwa nunkhaaaaaa uuluuuuuuu muzaona polekela mwamvaaa…….

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