Court grants DPP order to freeze Pika ‘cashgate’ account

Lilongwe Magistrate Court has granted an order to Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) on request from Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) to temporarily freeze bank accounts of businessperson Pika Manondo, who is one of a suspect in the shooting of Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Manondo: Account frozen

Manondo: Account frozen

Manondo wanted to withdraw cash at First Merchant Bank but he was stopped from cashing on instructions from FIU that there was an order to freeze the account.

When Manondo challenged the bank through his lawyer Ralph Kasambara that there was no such an order, therefore he could be allowed to withdraw cash; the FIU through the top prosecutor went to Lilongwe Magistrate Court where despite a judiciary support staff being on strike, an order was granted to freeze the accounts of Manondo.

Manondo expressed shock with the way the matter has been handled, saying “how can the court sit without clerks and how did the court sit when there is a strike?”

He expressed concerns that the court granted an order without his side heard, saying “I ought to have been heard in the matter in the interest of natural justice.”

Manondo fears he will not get a fair trial.

As part of investigations, police broke into a safe deposit box at First Merchant Bank (FMB) belonging to Manondo where they retrieved US$184 000 (about K75 million) in cash.

Manondo has maintained that he will testify what he knows about the shooting of Mphwiyo on September 13 2013.

The former National Assembly employee said he left the country through Mchinji border three days after Mphwiyo was shot at the gate of his Area 43 residence and airlifted to South Africa for treatment.

Manondo also threatened to disclose “a powerful cartel” which was beneficiary of the Capital Hill looting.

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agalu anjungilanji

from my point of view this manondo took the money and its stupid idea to contest on the matter cos u won at first taking the money now u r loosing.and wat suprises me is that WHY is he saying is gonna disclose something hahahahaha if he had nothing to do wth cashgate?u took the money from gov n hide the very same money to the site where gov controls BAD advise:do it for yourself and family leave the matter find other ways of raisingup your monetary problems

Galu wapananji

Mucyen Manondo adye money! ndalama znayamba kalekale kubedwa. ndi atsogoleli akale!

Decent Citizen

Malawians should stop glorifying thieves if it to develop like other countries.It has created the spirit of laziness among Malawians that to get rich you need to be crooked and connected.Alot of young men and old have fallen into this trap.Making easy money on the expense of the mass suffering.All these crooks needs to rot in jails.

the quencher

Amanondo tindalama timeneto tinakakwana kugulira mankhwala kaya aaaa inutu mufe ndithu


Udziwaso Pika akutengela madollaz amenewo.

Freck Malunga

Sorry dat Malawians are suffering in de hands of de winked.Pray had please.

Bwana nkubwa

Koma ma guys munalemela mpaka $$$$


If I had a gun,I would use Manondo as my target training practice a shooting range!you stink too much!!

Victor Chidyaonga

Kamuzu anaba,Muluzi anaba,malemu anasolora Mayi wanga ndiye iii Wabwino ndani?Asiyeni anthu

King bwai

My interest: wakuba akaberedwa amadandaula kwambiri, tiyeni nazo ni wina akhala mzanga awonanso

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