Death threats in Malawi 2011 cashgate trial: Mphwiyo corruption rap begins March 16

Former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’,  will start answering  his charges of theft and money laundering K2.4 billion ($3.3 million from March 1, 2016  related to the biggest financial scandal in the country.

Mphwiyo : Th gun shot survivor to have his day in dock on cashgate

Mphwiyo : Th gun shot survivor to have his day in dock on cashgate

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale made an application to the High Court in Lilongwe to have the case adjourned due to her office tight schedule as she is also the main prosecutor in several Cashgate cases including the shooting case of Mphwiyo.

Mphwiyo is facing charges alongside 18 others, including civil servants such as former Accountant General David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi and Roosevelt Ndovi, but also contractors.

Others are George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and  jailed Maxwell Namata who are facing charges of fraud, negligence by public office, money laundering, theft by public servant, theft by servant and conspiracy to defraud government K2 446 817 450.49.

According  a notice of adjournment dated January 29 signed by Presiding  judge, Justice Esme Chombo addressing to legal representatives of accused persons and Court records notice board  indicates that the case shall resume on March 16, 2016 at 9am.

The former budget director’s shooting at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013 is believed to have revealed the Cashgate affair.

Former president Joyce Banda ordered an audit which British forensic auditor, Baker Tilly, undertook between April and September 2013 and established that about K24 billion was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services never rendered.

In May this year, a financial analysis report by audit and business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 31 2014.

Meanwhile, a case in which 14 people, among them government accountants and a private sector individual, are accused of allegedly conspiring to steal K201 million from government in 2011,  has been adjourned indefinitely for security fears.

Lawyer Henry Kadzakumanya  said the prosecution led by Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director Reyneck  Matemba informed High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire  in his chambers that they are receiving death threats to drop charges against the accused.

“They fear people making the threats are coming to court armed and we have accepted that the issues of security be addressed,” said Kadzakumanja.

Last year judge Fiona Mwale refused to walk a distance of about 300 metres for fear of being attacked.

There are 14 accused persons in the case who the ACB wants to prove were involved in the theft and money laundering of K201 million from the then Ministry of Disability Affairs through the Accountant General’s office.

Cornelius Kaphantengo, who was director of Nova Technology and General Dealers, has been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, theft and money laundering while his wife, Yvonne, is co-accused on the same counts

According to the charge sheet, the 14 allegedly shared among themselves K201 million between November 2010 and June 2011 and they are jointly charged with conspiracy to commit a felony and money laundering.

Other co-accused persons are Chikondi Chimutu, whose charge of theft involves K18.3 million of the K201 million, Emmanuel Yesaya whose charge of theft involves K27.4 million, Deusdedit Tenthani who allegedly got a share of K16.2 million, Tendai Nayeja (K27.1 million), Audney Kamitengeni (K9.9 million), Conrad Nambala (K38.4 million), Justina Nyirenda charged with abuse of public office as she was an accounts assistant in the Accountant General’s office and Squire Chakwana charged with theft of K10.7 million.

Others are Jimmy Mbuliro whose theft charge is K3 million, Wides Machika Mbuliro (K0.5 million), Tapiwa Ng’oma (K9.1 million) and Khumbo Banda (K2.7 million).

Before an indefinite adjournment,  former assistant procument officer in the then Ministry of Disability Affairs, Jesse Kauye and Humphrey Shaba a retired human resource management officer testified as state witnesses.

During an earlier hearing, the court learnt that subsequent revelations of the plunder of public resources in 2013 dubbed Cashgate was an upgrade of the theft of public money by the suspects from 2011.

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Tambala
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Tambala
7 months 20 days ago
Desdewit Tenthani and Tendai Nayeja every morning amadya chips/chicken from Mayuni Restaurant ife kumadabwa anthu Grade M (not far from messenger) ndalama anzathu amazitenga kuti? They had no serious business (geni) yoti munthu nkuloza koma breakfast chips/chicken likewise lunch and 4:00 nkumaitanitsanso chips/chicken ndi izo. Tendai reached a point of buying a car for her boyfriend and weekends they always spent in south Africa boarding SA Airways Business Class. Wedding yawo they used a Rolls Royce pano mwamuna waona akuzengedwa milandu ya cashgate wamuthawira a Tendai ali padzuwa. Banja kutha ntchitonso kutha. Tenthani has a mansion kuposa PS even Minister,… Read more »
Wanzeru
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Wanzeru
7 months 25 days ago

Okay

Buyelekhaya
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Buyelekhaya
7 months 25 days ago

Ngati apolisi akulephera kupeleka chitetezo chokwanira kwa ozenga milandu, pemphani a MDF kuti akuthandizeni. Tianthu tomwe tikuopsezatu ntosavuta kuthana nato. Lest you forget the state has monopoly over the use of violence!

editor
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editor
7 months 25 days ago

in May this uear? it must be a copied paragraph II.

Tione
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Tione
7 months 25 days ago

Typical of Malawian politicians as they never accept things when they are wrong. Too greedy for positions. and no interest of the people’s wellbeing

Tione
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Tione
7 months 25 days ago

The country has gone to the dogs. Peter is not a better person to run this country as he is hiding the K577 billions

JUSTICE. DR. CASHGATE. SC
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JUSTICE. DR. CASHGATE. SC
7 months 25 days ago
Malawi sadzatheka zoona cash gate ya 2011 you are failing to prosecute due to security fears on part of prosecutors , this is very funny!! People who are sending those threats are from the ruling DPP they are fearing that the beans will be spilled. Had it been that it was Raphael Kasambara the judge would have quickly revoked bail even without proper investigation but this learned judge has given a chance to MPS to conduct an investigation because that can also be a ploy on part of the prosecution to taint the image of the suspects. Mwina ndi tactic… Read more »
cha zuze
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cha zuze
7 months 25 days ago

Koma Mrs Hawa Ndilowe, Kaluwire and Mrs Rosemary Nhlema muwatenga liti. Abweze our money these thieves took. These ladies syphonned our money through the presidential intiative programme. I have documents if need be. People are suffering because of these greedy people. They bought houses in South Africa

VYOTO
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VYOTO
7 months 26 days ago

DEAL WITH THESE SUSPECTS THE KASAMBALA WAY.LET THEM HAVE A FEEL OF MAULA PRISON WHILE THEIR TRIAL IS GOING ON.

Chatola Chinjoka
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7 months 26 days ago

Mmmmm……let me wait and see,….but our president z dumb with politics of stealing as we know he can’t be trusted……..Malawian we r goats though its a great symbol for satanism….we deserve to be satans……our president have keys for todays problem…..but he’s z thief himself what do you expect no progress……on cashgate trials…..drama drama after drama till he leave office by death…..

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