Ex-Malawi army Colonel Kauwa arrested over Cashgate, out on bail

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Thursday arrested retired Colonel Nelson Kauwa, whose company, Thuso Investments Group, was linked to contracts for the disputed payments at Malawi Defence Force (MDF) in connection to infamous cashgate scam.

Odillo (right) facing charges like Kauwa

Odillo (right) facing charges like Kauwa

According to ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala, the graft bursting body arrested Kauwa in connection to a complaint they received in September 2013 alleging that government officers at Capital Hill were making entries in the Intergrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS).

“The Anti-Corruption Bureau instituted investigations into the matter. It was established that some payments were made to Thuso Group without offering to Government any service.

“On 16th July, 2015 the Anti-Corruption Bureau arrested Retired Colonel Nelson Kauwa,” said Ndala.

According to her, Kauwa will likely be charged with three counts; conspiracy to commit an offence contrary to Section 35 of the Corrupt Practices Act; money laundering contrary to Section 35 (1) (c) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crimes and Terrorist Financing Act; and theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.

He was taken to Court where he was granted bail after paying and producing K1 million bail bond and two sureties bonded at K500,000 cash each, respectively.

The court also ordered him to report to the Bureau twice every month and also surrender all travel documents to the ACB.

ACB recently also arrested MDF Commander General Henry Odillo (retired) and his then deputy Clement Kafuwa where they were formally charged in relation to a multi-million dollar corruption allegations. Their trial is yet to start but they are on bail.

The two former top generals have been charged with abuse of public office, negligence by public officer in preserving government property and money laundering.

The two are accused of arranging a contract to supply military equipment which was never delivered.

Odillo and Kafuwa were apparently signatories of several cheques, including K3 billion to International Procurement Services (IPS) owned by businessperson Osward Lutepo—who is also answering his own money laundering charges—and K1.5 billion to Thuso, co-owned by Kauwa and Alexander Banda, according to information sourced from ACB.

Represented by lawyer Donvan Silungwe, Odillo and Kafuwa deny any wrongdoing.

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It is very painful to see our country falling apart like this. In many areas we are doing fine as a nation. One day we shall wake up while our country has been sold out to foreigners. Companies are mismanaged just like the country herself. Why do we play a blame game? What is funny with this blame game. Who owns this country? Who chose to be what he is today in terms of sex and the origin. If anything else please nyasatimes edit readers comments and select what is the best for consumption. Why should we embrass ourselves with… Read more »

Bwanji kungoileka nkhani ya anthu amenewa ndikuwaloa kuti apepese ndipo tingoyambiranso kuchita bwino chifukwatu milanduyi siidzatha mpaka Yesu kubwera


Mbava zimangidwe APM osawakhulukira amenewa.


The issue is not about atumbuka but cashgate. Ndichifukwa chake mitundu ya enanu dyela mumafuna kulanda u pulezidenti mzanu apo mukamanyanga kuti pala president wafwa wachiwiri wake ndiyo wakunjira kwambula voti. Viwanthu viheni imwe chiti. Kukhumbila wanyinu viheni uli. Chikhululu icho mwagima muwengemo mwekha lekani mulikufwa na cardiac arrest chiti again. Uyo walipo wafwengeso muonenge chiti again. Imwe chiti apa akwe!!!

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No.12 keep it up that’s a good writing


number 11 you are very stupid. and your entire clan. if you dont know anything just keep quiet

Idi Amini Dada

Let me actually introduce myself first. As u can read my name, l am the son of ldi Amin, Ugandan most powerful president. Malawians, why westing time about cashgate? My late father store 21 trillion dolars in Uganda in 1975, but u arrest “innocent” people like Odilo, Kauwa just for stealling penut amount of money? Kwalinshinta mukwaya for lukuta pakutarakanshi cashgate? what is 13 billion? 9d


How about the HTD fuckers

Biggest crooks in the system


Iwe na 11 kuzowera kukwata amako eti. Kodi a Tumbuka anakulakwira cha. Kodi JB ndi mtumbuka siwakwathu ku mwera ku Malosa. Ine ndine Lhomwe, koma ndimadana ndizo tukwana mitundu yina popanda chifukwa.


And this is the second time Kauwa is being given bail!

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