DPP Kachale tells court prosecution will prove PP scheme in ‘Cashgate’ and Mphwiyo’s  mastermind role

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale has said the prosecution will prove its case on how  Cashgate was schemed to fund the then ruling People’s Party (PP).

DPP Mary Kachale: Leading cashgate prosecution to get to the bottom of the matter

Cashgate suspects: Mphwiyo (left), Mpoola (centre) and David Kandoje former accoutant general

She told the High Court in Lilongwe  that  it will expose all that were closely involved in the looting.

Kachale said when she  introduced the case in which former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo and others face charges in the K2.4 billion money laundering case.

The top prosecutor introduced the case as the “most despicable breach of trust” very imaginable and described Mphwiyo as a mastermind or axial of public resources plunder of 2013.

Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’,  is facing charged with 17 others and the state has started parading its witnesses.

According to Kachale the money which was from vote 360 under ministry of tourism involves top government officials who were trusted to serve Malawians but ended up betraying them as 10 out of 18 suspects are public civil servants.

She therefore called  gunshot survivor Mphwiyo as one of the mast-minder  who recruited his colleagues to root the government resources.

Kachale told the court that cashgate didn’t just happen without any objective as they believe it was a People Party (PP) scheme to steal the money to use for its 2014 elections campaign and that Mphwiyo was the one who played a central role calling it a “calculated scheme” supported by inside officials as most documents like payment vouchers were destroyed and in some cases hidden to get away all evidence on the matter.

“In this case we will show how Paul Mphwiyo even though he was budget director played a central role in this scheme,” said Kachale.

“W e will show how for example one Stafford Mpoola played a role to cash huge sums of money in exchange of rewards in form of percentages. We will show how Steven Likhunya Phiri even though an IT expert his name not mentioned anywhere in bank statements but played a vital role for all the accused to cash the money,” Kachale told the court.

“We hope and do trust that truth will come out in this case so that the whole nation of Malawi now know the truth as who steal their money and the motive behind it, , said Kachale in her address to the court.

And true to Kachale, the case has started taking shape with  convict former chief tourism officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga, narrated how Mphwiyo lured him in the looting.

According to Kalonga, it was Mphwiyo who explained the scheme to him and later asked him to sell the idea to people who matter at the Ministry of Tourism.

Kalonga said Mphwiyo also instructed him to recruit contractors within the construction industry to avoid suspicion when drawing large sums of money.

Roughly K20 billion went missing during the tenure  of Joyce Banda as president  and  another K236 billion went missing over the eight years of the presidency of the late Bingu wa Mutharika.

About 30 per cent of the country’s budget could have been looted over a decade – almost as much as donors have provided Malawi over the same period.

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30 thoughts on “DPP Kachale tells court prosecution will prove PP scheme in ‘Cashgate’ and Mphwiyo’s  mastermind role”

  1. Prophet Justice says:

    If you trace Ndaona Satema carefully,you will see that her Mlodza Motel,situated in area 47,sector 4,has been idol since 2005 when it was closed by the then minister of Tourisim,Patricia Kaliati because of its bad state,eversince its closure,the owner has struggled to source cash to renovat it and on many occassions she has refused to sell it with the hope that one day cash gate will come her way,untill “cashgate”finally came her way,it is only during that time when we saw her busy renovating the place with the cashgate money,thus I am not surprised that she was using the stollen money to renovate the Motel after it has stayed idol for almost 11 years.if they are assets to be confiscated after the state has successfully prosecuted the case,it must be the Motel,mind you just after the cashgate scandal came out,the renovations abruptly came to a halt,because the money which was used to renovate the place was the cashgate commission which she had already spent and the balance she had n her account was freezed.

  2. Teklewold says:

    Much talk would be on the Mk577bn which was a lot of money to support the whole national budget. It is painful that those who enjoyed this money want to portray that they are innocent souls because they are now in government. We all know cash gate did not start with PP much as PP might have benefited from it at one point. The challenge is when we start selecting on who is to answer the charges. What about the 7 ministers and of course Peter Mthariaka himself? Any way, time will tell.

  3. Zondiwe says:

    There is a hint that Kalonga is turning into state witness.
    Correct me if I am wrong.
    Cashgate did not start in 2013 but had been going on for a long time.
    All the facts must come out.

  4. May God continue to bless and protect you Mary. Pempho langa ndiloti mupange mwachangu, remember its from 2013. Misonkho imapweteka kudulidwa iyi. we want justice soon.

  5. Dodolodo says:

    Eish! Billionaire Mphwiyo. Gold teeth for the wife. I know where the money came from.

  6. collins says:

    reach the bridge & cross the river

  7. Chiling'oma says:

    There’s no evidence linking cashgate to PP, let alone Amayi. If this Kchale is carried away by Kalonga’s verbatim, she’ll expose her stupidity, and perhaps vindicate why Kasambara wanted to slap her if it were not in court. Kalonga is lying, very much lying, and working under the influence of DPP party who are masterminds of cashgate and are bent on deflecting attention elsewhere.

  8. Genghis Khan says:

    Yes we all they’re guilty as hell and deserve to be behind bars pronto. What pisses me off though is that you give these hoodlums less than 5yrs jail terms but go to town on someone who steals a cellphone

  9. Zinenani says:

    From this case we will go to 236billion. Eeeeeee our taxes!!!!

  10. Samuel Lwara. says:

    I can see and reason enough that some respected members of the judiciary were also involved. You are welcome aKachali.

  11. veteran says:

    I wish if I can have a chance of shaking hands with this lady. She is really a straight forward lady with a feeling to human being.
    The impending case of maizegate will be handled by you not the so called Malawian judges they have let us down.
    You are a Malawian Magafuli

  12. maseko says:

    if it was only a pp scheme, how did the K236 billion arise? perhaps the argument should be that political parties have schemes that milk the nation rather than pointing at a single political party. let’s wait and see.

    1. Joyce says:

      Actually Kachale is wrong. The PP as a party was not involved it’s name was just used to lure fools take part in the looting. I challenge the DPP to produce evidence that JB received this tainted money. Why couldn’t Kalonga and others demand to meet JB to hear from her about the instruction instead of believing Mphwiyo. What evidence is there thatMphwiyo actually delivered the money to JB? Is Kalonga so stupid that he would deliver hundreds of millions without any evidence that so and so has received the money? All public servants know that cashgate started in 2007 and was perfected in 2009 with the issuance of an MOU instructing banks to honor all govt checks regardless of whether there was money or not.

      Stealing from govt is very simple and difficult to discover. I doubt that PP could embark on a silly scheme that even a toddler can discover. I believe if JB wanted to siphon money she could have done it the Bingu way I.e. Through procurement using Mota and other bigger companies the way APM is doing it.

      1. Ntumbuka says:

        JB received vehicles from her “good boy” Loot-e-po without questioning….and went tunyatunya to campaign for him in Kasungu North. Ukuyowoyachi wamwana….kkkkkkkkkkk. Wanamupoto tese tikavoteranga munthu wakwiba mu 2014….kkkkkkkkk

  13. Cashgate1 says:

    Its high time to have a law that will enforce all Political Parties to reveal their source of funding year. The law should protect our hard earned taxes from being abuse by these political parties. Parties must also be deregistered if they fail to do so. Otherwise PP is just one of them but DPP, MCP, UDF have all tendencies of stealing from govt sources to fund party functions. Politicians are not willing to push this forward because they are all benefiting from it. But frankly speaking they are delay developments in our country.

  14. Eduardo says:

    Bravo Mary! As a born again Christian do not fear the thieves. Expose them-we are interceding for you as a family of born again Christians. We are praying for your safety and that of your husband. You are wonderful couple. Prayerful couple.

    1. She is DDP not independent mind u. The thing is corruption started after democracy. What people thought was wrong with dictator became night a shock. Do u thing this could have happened during Kamuzu Banda? We all know that there was money laundering during JB because mistake of shooting. But If u look at those people involverad. All are the same people they come from the same party. The reason why people dont understannd DDP stole more than PP. All thieves are from UDF. As long as ACB is party Bosse nothing can change in Malawi. Chakwela has tried to ask for INDEPENDENT ACB but parliament say NO! Why. Because they are afriad they are all corrupted swines. Every new government they select ACB from their own party. Its wrong. If.Malawi shall go to bortom of corruption it should have NO one government All ACB boss. Maybe on contract. Muntharikas are rotten people. Peter advised hos brother to win confidence of people by using Amlomwe. Since Malawians live for their tribes, region. Muntharikas got What they wanted. This US oyschological mind set which many Un educated in Malawi dont know. Its just The same Trump used to win votes.

  15. Mphwache says:

    The whole main needs to ensure the security of Mary Kachale. I would gladly go and guard her house.

  16. NAB says:

    Tiyeni nawoni onse akuba. Ndende basi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. observer says:

    this scheme has always been there since multi-party democracy- remember all those scandals of note-books- a certain contractor that was connected the second office that took a lot of money from ministry of education, the many vehicles that were bought by UDF- it stopped first term of DPP- but scheme was still in place- poeple who had worked over 30 years without tangible property all over a sudden became millionaires- could manage to construct last resting places and palace- fund the party with a lot of cars- all these are schemes that were in place all along- only difference is that the second one colluded with foreigners to loot the country- God intervened/ sent his own punishment- remember the dollars that people were scrambling at house no 1 . Another difference is that in the last scenario that is in court today the conduit became greedy did not want to direct the funds where it was intended to go. he became a kingpin while he was just a conduit.

    1. She is DDP not independent mind u. The thing is corruption started after democracy. What people thought was wrong with dictator became night a shock. Do u thing this could have happened during Kamuzu Banda? We all know that there was money laundering during JB because mistake of shooting. But If u look at those people involverad. All are the same people they come from the same party. The reason why people dont understannd DDP stole more than PP. All thieves are from UDF. As long as ACB is party Bosse nothing can change in Malawi. Chakwela has tried to ask for INDEPENDENT ACB but parliament say NO! Why. Because they are afriad they are all corrupted swines. Every new government they select ACB from their own party. Its wrong. If.Malawi shall go to bortom of corruption it should have NO one government All ACB boss. Maybe on contract. Muntharikas are rotten people. Peter advised hos brother to win confidence of people by using Amlomwe. Since Malawians live for their tribes, region. Muntharikas got What they wanted. This US pschological mind set which many Un educated in Malawi dont know. Its just The same Trump used to win votes.

  18. Phyuta says:

    Zomvetsa chisoni. Anthu opanda Chikondi !!

  19. Chunga says:

    My only concern is the strength of the state’s case. I hope they’ve got hard evidence not circumstantial evidence. They were lucky with the Kasambala case because the judge was a ‘straight arrow’ but their case was weak.
    I hope the DPP has learnt her lessons and will present an ‘air tight’ case against these crooks.
    The next step should involve freezing/ claiming their assets. Convicting them won’t be enough, they should be stripped of all the assets they accumulated with stolen money. My worry is they have had too much time to hide the assets….

    1. There is a way to trance assets hidden abroad. If Africa could unit and ask The western to trance their money hidden in their banks account. They could Do so. But Africans have never done it. U see u poor nations are enriching the rich. While u are cheated that u get aid. Supposing billions of Africans money which is over western worlds bank accounts remained in The Africans own nations Africa could have been far away. If it was a western leader Do that they could reviewed him/her. Not an African. Its not their fult Its stupidit of Africans themselves. We can build Africa withiout aid. Kachale is only tagenting other parties not her own party. Also What is the reason for putting them in prison when they dont take their properties. Its not jail Malawians wanted. Its money. Malawians can solve this by two wayas : go on Street and demonstrate. Revolution not good way but it will work. Look at all countries which had it Its working. These thieves will nerver stop stealing. They will steal until in their grave.

  20. rodriguez says:

    the story is an eye opener totally different from the shallow- facts weaved cashgate stories that we have become the order of the day.
    Kachali is really a patriot and desrve the backing of the entire nation. She is our true, true representative and resource protector.

  21. Wanyaunthali, nbs says:

    as a member of the public, I would also want to see remarkable progress on the cash gate cases of the looting under late President Bingu Wa Mutharika.
    I however appreciate the progress registered so far on the looting that occurred under Malawi’s only female president, Joyce Banda. Malawians would want to see that all cashgate cases are attended to with the urgency they deserve.

  22. mmc says:

    Cashgate PP. Mfiti yaikazi ndiyoophya mwazionatu. Ndiye enanu muli kaka p.a. mbuyo pa PP. Ati anthu anzeru amenewo..hehehe…zamanyazi. MCP PP alliance itheka apa? Ndiye onse ma cashgaters ziliko 2019. Mary Kachale ndi deal amwene

  23. john says:

    This is to the extreme and very strange. We have lost many people in hospitals due to lack of medicine, and that payers tax money was freely going in the pockets of these few stupid people. Mind you that all these people belong to various churches, and believe that God does not like stealing. Now I can see that JB can not come to Malawi in fear of prosecution, she is thief number one. Let her remain abroad.

  24. mjiba says:

    Big up Mary tiyeni nawo akuba awa! you are bagging strong points.

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