Fresh arrests loom in Malawi cashgate: Mphwiyo case has taken on board many accused – ACB

Malawi’s graft-busting body has vowed to make a fresh wave of arrests involving civil servants and individuals after new evidence emerged in their wide-ranging investigation into the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’.

Matemba: Fresh arrests likely

Matemba: Fresh arrests likely

Deputy Director of Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) Reyneck Matemba, who is also the prosecutor of Cashgate cases, disclosed that a new wave of arrests is looming.

He said ACB will make two fresh arrests of individuals connected to Cashgate and that the bureau will also nab civil servants.

Matemba said Cashgate suspects implicated some civil servants who have been investigated and will be arrested.

He said it was “by design” by ACB to handle cases in relation to civil servants at the end of the cashgate trials.

“We wanted to deal with contractors first,” said Matemba.

“There will be a number of public servants that will have to come in that are not yet arrested,” he added.

Matemba said the case involving former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo “involves a number of cases that were investigated separately.”

Mphwiyo’s case involves K2.4 billion (about $3.6million) theft and money laundering charges

Matemba said 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. There are also contractors among the accused persons.

Others are George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and 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 amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.

“The case has taken in board many accused persons,” said Matemba, adding “with that case, we will be able to deal with a number if cases.”

Forensic auditors from British audit firm, RMS (formerly Baker Tilly), established that under the administration of Joyce Banda, about K24 billion was looted at Capital Hill between April and September 2013 through inflated invoices and payments for goods and services not provided to government.

In 2015, a financial analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K234 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 2014 owing to abuse of the central payment system, Integrated Financial Management Information System .

Western donor nations and agencies, which provide 40% of Malawi’s budget, froze vital aid in reaction to the scandal.

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dagobert
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dagobert
20 days 6 hours ago

What about, the banks involved in all this transaction? Nobody can tell me, that this people knew nothing!

Powell
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Powell
25 days 14 hours ago

It is high time we loot out corruption. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9DmzxbX79g

Bob
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Bob
25 days 15 hours ago

This country is rotten for sure.
While mukubwebweta some individuals are stealing right now. Right now as I am posting this comment because they know nothing will happen to them.

Harawara
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Harawara
25 days 17 hours ago

DPP has lost the battle against corruption. To uproot corruption would mean uprooting the the DPP government because the two have become one (co-joined twins). ACB has become a dog that barks at its master servant and but runs away when robbers break master’s house. A shame on ACB

The Analyst
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The Analyst
25 days 20 hours ago
O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O If anybody was still casting a ray of doubt on the fact that ACB is a joke, may wish to think twice or more. . . . Nanga inu . . . Does it make any logical sense for Matemba to come and announce that ACB will arrest more people? . . . To put it into perspective, if thugs invade your place; do you blow a trumpet announcing you are coming to arrest them or you first arrest them and then make announcements? . . . ACB knows that whatever credibility they had, was long lost on the… Read more »
Zexa
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25 days 20 hours ago

Bandura of Director of Buildigs is next. Paja naye ananyambita nawo cashgate.

Zexa
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25 days 20 hours ago

Nanga Bandura waku Director of Buildings mumumanga liti? Pajatu naye ananyambita nawo cashgate.

The guy Bandura is a rotten racist. As a building drawings aproving officer, he only works on drawings and designs whose projects are from the north. When he sees that the building development presented to him is for a project in the south, he simply throws it away and let it rot in his drawer. This is why north has more schools than south and east combined. Bandura must be arrested. He was employed to serve malawi and not the north only.

Khallim Mbera
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Khallim Mbera
25 days 21 hours ago

Malawi zadzatheka nditu

kumakazi
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25 days 21 hours ago

When are arresting the Indians ? I have never heard of any indian who was impicated in the cashgate being taken to court or questioned by the ACB.

Thinktank
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25 days 22 hours ago

Just shut up and burry your heads in the sand.you are not ACB.You are errand boys of corrupt government,shielding corrupt big fishes while cherry picking who to prosecute just to save face. You are a disgrace to the nation. You are not part of the solution to corruption..you are corrupt yourselves.

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