Esnart Ndovi pleads guilty to cashgate: 14 to take plea on 2011 cashgate case

Suspect Esnart Nenani Ndovi has pleaded guilty to charges of money laundering K12.9m from the government in August 2013 and is convicted by Lilongwe Magistrate Court on her own plea.

She took plea of ‘guilty’ before senior resident magistrate Patrick Chirwa.

Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director and prosecutor: 14 suspects to take plea

Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director and prosecutor: 14 suspects to take plea

Nenani Ndovi accepted wrong-doing  for  “lending certificate for personation”  to Oddei Kamanga, a public officer with the intention that Kamange should present himself as legal owner of Fusion Limited “for purposes of obtaining payment from government.”

Ndovi becomes the fifth suspect to plead guilty in the cashgate trials after Osward Lutepo, Tressa Senzani, Leonard Kalonga and James Bandula Chirwa.

She will undergo sentencing hearing before the court determines the punishment.

Money laundering attracts a maximum 10 year jail term.

State Prosecutor Imran Saidi said Ndovi had already committed to pay back the money and surrender her K15 million valued Toyota Hilux registration number KA 6688.

Meanwhile, High Court in Lilongwe will on Wednesday November 4 resume hearing 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.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director general Reyneck Matemba confirmed that the case resumes on November 4 for all the accused persons to take plea.

When the court reconvened last month, High Court Judge Charles Mkandawire adjourned the case following preliminary objections from defence lawyers that the State, represented by Matemba, did not give them sufficient time to study the evidence before their clients could take plea.

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).

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.

In 2013, the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo led to revelations of the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

Former president Joyce Banda ordered an audit which British forensic auditor, Baker Tilly, undertook between April and September 2013 which 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.

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bamusi nyadani
Guest

Ndata farm ikhala southern region community college coz was built out of 577 billion cashgate. Bwampini akalowaso therefore mulakho ll exist no more. Greedy people ll languish and faint due to superstition regarding APM

Mhango
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the love of God is beginning of wisdom.

Dan wa ku Malawi
Guest

I agree with number 7 comment ya Meja. Emmanuel Yesaya is a natural genius, Kamuzu Academy mpaka ku Poly, school sanavutike nayo. Masters ku UK ndikuyikhonza bwino koma hmmmn akaphunzitsatu ku Maula…..

Shashame
Guest

I hope ACB has done thorough investigations.The case has taken long to start and I hope what ACB has is enough to get convictions. We don’t want people to get rich out of court settlements!

Roberto
Guest

Kodi guys mankhwala mmidzimu anatha? Theses ACB and the judges, guys akuzolowera. Do they know much people get as their monthly salary? Honestly, all civil servants can’t survive osaba. This must stop guys unless we get pay hike and better working conditions. Tapangani ngati zija anawona ma auditors kuti ayambe kutipatsa ulemu.

Tiulule Apa
Guest

Siyani Milandu imeneyo apa, cashgate is still taking place. Francis Kasaila akungopereka contract zokhonza misewu, zomangamanga kwa azibale ake including brother wake pamene enafe tinayamba kalekale kuchita bid for jobs, we are not given the jobs because they are monopolising all jobs and the wife of his brother Tapiwa is just being busy bosting kuti ndiye bwino ndimudyere mwamuna ameneyi ndalama zomwe akupanga za misewu! That is very very unfair to Malawi as a nation. Francis stop it at once be fair to Malawians don’t abuse office like that!

Zulu
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Koma atumbuka ndiye mumaba. Taonani maina anu onsewo kuyambira Khang’a wanu Lutepo. Munya muonatu chaka chake nchino ndi 2016

Prisoner monger (AKA Observer)
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Prisoner monger (AKA Observer)
A majority of those convicted and those pleading guilty are just small fish and they are just victims of huge mistake by the incompetent courts. Who can resist the temptation that these people were exposed to? Even the judge himself couldnt resist but to syphone. Mmalawi muno zithu zinawonongeka kale, way back from nthawi ya Bakili, Bingu futher messed it, JB continued to mess where Bingu left and now this idiot from US currently in power continues. The problem is not the convicted people but the system. Given a chance ife tizaba, after all what is the difference between life… Read more »
Inu
Guest

Very sad to read your comments. It is people with your mentality that have killed Malawi. You and your friends deserve to be at Maula for the rest of your lives. Malawi does not need you. After all you cannot differenciate life in and outside of prison so I guess it will not matter to you

Billy
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No. 15 (Analyst) please read the paragraph “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” Now, was JB and PP in power in 2010? This was Bingu and DPP era while JB did not have power at all as she was sidelined as a VP. When were you born?

The Analyst
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Any mortal can easily link these cases notwithstanding the temporal variations. And am only a few mortals are sane on this planet!

Mzee
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To the Analyst. Which are these huge sharks you are looking for? I believe strongly that none of the guilty ever met people like JB. These guys were stupid. How on earth can you give millions to someone without ensuring that the person signs for the money. Only Lutepo used cheques as a guarantee.

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