Ex-army chief Odillo still in custody: Malawi ‘cashgate’

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)are expected to take to court former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) commander general Henry Odillo (retired) and his then deputy Clement Kafuwa on Wednesday to enter plea for their charges following their arrests on Monday as they spend a second night in custody on Tuesday.

Former MDF Commander General Odillo: Arrested

Former MDF Commander General Odillo: Arrested

Odillo and Kafuwa are being held at Area 3 Police Station in Lilongwe.

They are being accused of arranging a contract to supply military equipment which was never delivered.

The two have been charged with three counts of abuse of public office contrary to Section 25(b)(1) of the Corrupt Practices Act; negligence by public officer in preserving money or any other property contrary to Section 284(1) of the Penal Code; and, money laundering contrary to Section(1)(d) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crimes and Terrorist Financing Act.

Neither Gen Odillo nor Col Kafuwa have commented on the allegations.

The arrest is the latest development in an investigation that began in 2013 under former President Joyce Banda.

Dubbed “cashgate,” the probe showed that dozens of civil servants had siphoned off about $60 million in government funds by colluding with business leaders to make payments for goods and services that never materialized.

International donors responded to the corruption scandal by freezing aid to the impoverished southern African nation. Nearly half of Malawi’s budget depends on donor aid.

According to the World Bank, more than half of Malawi’s 16 million people live below the poverty line.

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52 thoughts on “Ex-army chief Odillo still in custody: Malawi ‘cashgate’”

  1. CHAMWALI says:

    SOLDIERS are u happy 2 see ur former genrl slp in a castody?

  2. Jijo says:

    mukulimbana ndi Odilo Mukhito mukumuphonya pati nyumba wamanga ku 43 ija si ndi 92 billion ija imeneyo.bwanji mukungofufuza a opposition okha.ufumu ukazatha azapheka khoswe.

  3. TATI says:

    Poor timing,ndale za DPP zomangana,Ashoshe aione!

  4. Army do ua job we silute odilo not MATHANYULA.

    GOD BLES ODILO WE KNO THAT MAMA SHE “LL COME BACK TO POWER SOON.

  5. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Do you really think after winning the elections DPP would waste time squaring off with Odillo for refusing them to be in power 24 months ago? Let the former general face his time in court. This is a democracy.

  6. kamfana says:

    Kodi ndi zifukwa za Corruption kapena Chifukwa choti anakanira boma la DPP kuti LIPHWANYE LAMULO KUTI M’MALO MWA VICE PRESIDENT BY THEN JOYCE BANDA,APM ATENGE BOMA CHIFUKWA CHOTI JB AMASEMPHANA NDI MALEMU?NDIMOMWE TIKUWONERA ENAFE,NOT CORRUPTION.NDALE ZA A MALAWI NDI CHONCHO.ZIMATODZIWIKIRATU KUTI GEN.ODILLO AKUMUSAKA.TSONO LERO AKWANIRITSA CHOMWE ANKAFUNA.NENANI CHIFUKWA CHENICHENI CHOWAMANGIRA.

  7. Boyd Kilembey says:

    What we know is that payment was made, and delivery was not made. These are the things Odille said were state secrets(sic.). The good thing is that we are in a dmocracy and Odillo will be given his time to say “payment was NOT made” or deliveries were made. Full stop.
    There is no witch hunting here.

  8. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Where did he get the money to build NDATA II? Did they sign the cheque and delivery NOT made. Is this politics. If these people stole the money, they have to be arrested. Somebody who prevented the mid night six from succeeding should not have a blank cheque to be stealing Hewe povo money willy nilly? In fact he was just doing the job he was being paid for by preventing the mid night six. Nothing worth writing home about. I think the praises of Amayi got to his head

  9. Chipika says:

    Palibe nkhani apa za ziiiiiii.

  10. Kwangwagwa says:

    A Boyd Kilembey, mwapereka kale chigamulo musanamve mbali yinayo. mudzakhumudwa akanena kuti palibe zifukwa zili zonse. The world is round and Malawi is small.

  11. KAKUMBI says:

    odillo ndi 1.acb mwalowa chipinda cha azimayi.bwanawo ndi clean game

  12. musekanji palibe kanu says:

    mwamumanga chifukwa choti anakukanizani kulanda Boma inu a DPP..whatever you do to him we all know he is still a respectable general in malawi,who followed the constitution at a time when the proffessor failled to interplate it and wanted to grab power using illegal means.

  13. Mlakho says:

    ASILIKALI MUKUTANI? ZOONA APOLISI AZIKUMANGANI? SHAME!!!

  14. Boyd Kilembey says:

    When you have people least of all an army commander wearing the Army uniform so that they can steal, then there is cause for concern not only among the Army as an institution but as a country as a whole.. I belkieve honest Army officers and soldiers should disown this former army general. He has disgraced the institution. He bought equipment(for use by the soldiers and to protect the countrty) and yet did not take deliverey of the equipment. I can forgive Lutepo. I can forgive Muluzi for stealing. But what Odillo did was very very very bad. I would not have had a problem if he scooped a cut, but paying and not taking delivery of the equipment is a serious offence. And we are not talking about K1m or K10m or K100m. We are talking about BILLIONS and BILLIONS!!!

  15. Bristol says:

    The big problem we have in Malawi is witch hunting and not fighting against corruption. Many of the cases we have in our land involving politicians are politically motivated. Former Army Commander refused to take their orders to prevent Joyce Banda from taking over government after the death of our former [resident Bingu. Hatred against Odillo started then and no wonder government has used its biting dog ACB to arrest the former army commander. It is a political move by DPP Govt. May God protect General Odillo and Col Kafuwa. It pains me to see our beautiful country moving in cycles of poverty because of leaders who are selfish and spend money on non-crucial issues rather than procuring drugs and raising people’s salaries.

  16. kere koga says:

    I pray for the ex Army boss.I met him interacted with him while he as attending a course in Kenya in the year 2011 at the National defence college Karen,a humble and simple general.

  17. fight says:

    What type of Generals were YOU? GRINGOS. Ndichifukwa asilikali amangomenya anthu osalakwa atengera khalidwe kwa mabwana awo.

  18. Lee Kachoka says:

    Akuba ndi okhawa?Sunzumirani m’miphika yonse.Akuba ndi ambiri odziwidwa ndi omwe agwidwa!

  19. Tsikulokufanyani says:

    Zoona, chofunika ndi mapemphero basi. Anthuwa atuluke Pitala amwalire.

  20. Eya! says:

    When did an issue of corruption become politics. Mbava ndi mbava basi. If this wa the case then Egypt could not be sending ex-presidents who were army commanders to jail.

  21. Amasuleni ma ex -general’wo. A Malawi nsanje bwanji!! Apo bi tingolowa muthengo.Inu a army mukawasiya a ACB kumapanga za ndale zawozo basi muyaluka nonse! Kawapangeni ‘operation siya ndale’.

  22. Pasimalo says:

    kkkkkkkkkk Odilo ndi mkazi wake Giladesi onse amatubwa kwabasi naye Giladesi alowe mundende diso lalikuru lija likatulukiretu, pamodzi ndi uyu mutoti Lea balagelo lalikulu anatodya nawo ndalama zimenezo.

  23. Boyd Kilembey says:

    You soldiers dont trry to protect thieves. Kodi anakugailani ndalama zomwe anabazo? Now if you think you can collectively hold Malawians to ransom, mwalemba mmadzi? As the big boss he should have been caring for the army private soldiers etc but he must have been lining his pocket. Buying equipment that was never delivered was the most trecherous thing any Army General can do in the world. First he has broken the trust the Army and its personnel had in him because these soldiers trust their generals with their lives. Second Malawi was not protected and that is even more serious.

  24. Akatswiri says:

    Are sure they slept at Lilongwe Police station?

  25. nsonga ciswe says:

    A mailosi, bwanji kuombera mmanja mfiti?solo as an ex seminary NDE anti aziba ,kumpatsa okey? Za zii. Ndekuti Ku saminale kuli silabus ya za kuba? Nadine was mboni phuziseniko.
    Anthu awa anali ma dhilo kawawa.solo anaseva dziko koma powasankha anti azikabaso? Uyooooo taasikana tijati pa UK takuonereranin bwana ma child abusers inu .bullshit muyalukatu LA city 40 kkkkkkkkk.usalile waba wekha.
    Malawi at its best. Akuluakuu ocititsa manyazi in. Ma dhilu ndi neba wathhu pa area 25.
    Nangudutsamo one nkwani mudya ndinu

  26. honourable says:

    Army Bosses are not chief executive which u may wish ,that post comes because of military experience not office experience so accountants are the one one who prepared cheques and army commander just sign without suspecting. Odillo was Bingus right hand man so he can burst Peter coz he knows wat Bingu was doing.mbava achina Ben Phiri akudya za amwenye mukungowayang’ana uko akumanga ma flats inu mukuona. Sorry state

  27. Sapitwa says:

    Nyamalikiti,
    I agree with you that there is a process of upfront payment for foreign purchases. In this case, the goods to date have not been delivered. They should have been delivered within an acceptable period not more than 3 months and this was whilst Odilo was still on command.18 months later, the goods are still undelivered and never will.
    Serious issue indeed!

  28. King Moroko says:

    Where is the KEN KANDODO exMDF Minister, he presided over loss of these billions?

  29. Just because he refused to unconstitutionally take over govt when bingu and made sure the constitution should be adhered to by letting the vice president he should in the cooler today?mmmmmmm

  30. justice should take its turn

  31. Real Patriot says:

    It doesn’t matter what status he was holding in Malawi as longer as he had long fingers,he needs to face the long arm of the law.Hussein Mubarak was thrown into the cooler despite being a top army general and ex president for that matter.So you mean prison is meant for only poor people?I thought these people had so much benefits that other people will never them in life time and yet they steal to satisfy their greed.Ma private amavutika Ku army ngati si anthu yet they do donkey work.Cmon amalawi zonyengelera anthu is just a waste of time.Just go Kagame style yothetsa corruption in Malawi.

  32. Kenkkk says:

    Yes arrest them all for abuse and thieving of govt resources but this should include current senior army officers and in particular Maulana as some people have pointed out. He was the logistics and procurement person. Signing a cheque doesn’t necessarily mean someone has benefitted from it. Why are you acb guys not arresting Maulana as well? Is it just because he was appointed by dpp? Are all dpp appointees clean? I doubt very much.

    Acb, please don’t’ be influenced by dpp govt, they are themselves also deep in cashgate!!

  33. Matiya says:

    a malawi chakula ndi nsanje……..these two generals we talk of town and anthu mwayam a nsanjei

  34. nkunthamasese says:

    Malawi army just good át booling football players and supporters. Tapitanitu kü Police tó rescue your former boss mukaone mmene akakutikitireni a Police.

  35. Mailosi says:

    the law is simple. 48 hrs plea!!! Why are you mistreating these gentlemen? It’s torture. Just because he revealed that you wanted to take over government and block JB? Odillo as an ex seminarian is not guilty at all and he never store the money. Where is the DOF who was supposed to advise him?
    Zalowa ndale izi

  36. Dobadoba says:

    koma anthua awa anali odziwa kucheza bwino, mainly pa golf club. A nyamata a whisky, a nyamata a pa town….God forbid…chandel apace I bail

  37. Delia says:

    Chofunika ndi mapehero basi. Mulungu akhale nawo Dnipro awadalise. Ones omwe akuwafunira zoipa akhululukidwe

  38. vendor says:

    A silikali where are you

  39. Gatibo says:

    Mbava zimangidwe basi, ife timadabwa

  40. Dalamere team says:

    Guys, don’t display your ignorance…Maulana was chief of operations and not chief of Logistics during cash gate period. Chief of Logistics was colonel Chaona….the issue here is simple: The controlling officers signature was found on cheques meant to procure ammunition which eventually was not delivered. Let us be honest, which Army in the world can buy ammunition!/ zipolopolo kwa munthu wa ku area 25, retired Lt. col Kauwa…where did Kauwa get a license to sell ammunition and explosives? Isn’t it a straight forward case of theft here….tiki odandaula kuti pa nyengo yomwe anthu amenewa Amaba ku zipatala za Army kunalibe metal wakupasa am patient, equipment ku DRC inalienable yoyipa..
    We at Dalamere we are not going to act in any illegal way as ODILLO advised us to WHEN HE WAS COMMANDER BE NON POLITICAL AND RESPECT ALL ARMS OF GOVERNMENT. So don’t think that win a APSTA kukapulumusa Odillo ndi Kafuwa ku ndende, sizichitika

  41. kes munthali says:

    Dziko lapasi….
    Kale likanati lizibwerela…
    Thawi imeneyo….
    Odillo ali untouchable akubweza ma auditors ndi ma officer a ACB motubwa…
    Kuchita kuwa challanger kuti sanga fufuze katangale ndi ubava, omwe iye ndi a zake
    Ankatchita thawi imeneyo…
    Kutakata…
    Today you are sleeping on a cold floor and shitting in a bucket at area 3 police station…
    Kenaka matanyula pa maula..
    Gosh how the mighty have fallen….
    Agalu a PP and Malawi crocodile party munya sumunati…
    Panja mukati boma siliwina milandu kikikiki…
    By the way how can it be political when Odillo by the nature of his job was suppose to be A political?

    Okuba alibe kawanga …

    1. Nophiya says:

      Gloating over the misfortune of others is puerile. The mighty indeed fall, but they do rise again. There were men who slept on a cold floor and ‘shit’ in a bucket at Lumbadzi Police station less than 3 years ago. They are now sleeping in comfortable ministerial beds and shitting in their own private toilets. One of them has even had the pleasure of ‘shitting’ at the White House in Washington DC at the invitation of Barack Obama!

      What makes you think things will be bleak for Odillo forever? When you talk of dealing with PP and MCP do you really believe DPP will rule forever?

  42. achanguti says:

    tabadyani kaye za floods tizakumangani pakatha aka zanuzo mukuyesa nd patali sitingatukuke life osaukafe Korma inuyo obela revote ndiye muone momwe ambuye amachitira

  43. o-deal-o and loot-epo says:

    but seriously guys, this is verry embarrasing. pa bbc nkhani ndi yomweyi. commander zoona?

  44. bertha says:

    Mbava izi musazipase bail zimve tintini zinaba our taxes

  45. Nansadi Railway Station says:

    Yes, we soldiers are watching this shit very closely as we are well aware and sure that Odillo has been in the DPPs ‘wanted’ list since 7 April, 2012. We are watching you as you dare milk a lioness.

  46. nyamalikiti says:

    Peter is bitter that Odillo refused to accept that he should take power. How does signing of cheques become issue here. Is he an account. He was just signatory. Do you know that you can pay in advance for services which will never deliver. Why Peter paid for Mulli K5billion that Mulli and Bingu stole? Ku Army kunali Head of Logistics who happened to be current General Maulana. Why is he not arrested? Palibe nkhani apa. U will just make bwanawa richer. ACB has no case here. Why are they failing to prosecute Lutepo bcoz he funded elections for DPP.

    Mwatinamiza apa!

  47. wanangwa says:

    When people are positions they become myopic. Odilo refused that the army cannot be audited for security reasons. What security reasons? It is always good to be transparent. Now that he is just an ordinary person he has no protection. For how can you hide? Always do the right thing.

  48. Tili Chenene says:

    Our soldiers cannot allow their x-boss being tossed like a coin.

  49. Kwame says:

    Mwangofuna kumanga anthu amenewa. Mukawamange lero? Nthawi yonseyi munali kuti? Politics politics politics. Leave these pple alone. This is not time 4 tit 4 tat. Let the govt focus on food crisis, development infrastructure, shortage of medicine, poor services in hospitals and subsidise tariffs of water and electricity which are so high to a common malawian in the village and also in ulban areas

  50. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very closely.

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