Kalonga ‘cashgate’ sentencing phase begins: Judge asks for mitigation submission

The sentencing phase has started for former chief tourism officer Leonard Karonga convicted on his own guilty plea to three counts of money laundering related to cashgate scandal with Judge Fiona Mwale asking the defence and State to make mitigation submission.

Kalonga arriving at court

Kalonga awaits sentence

When the case came before Lilongwe High Court judge Mwale for mention, the judge asked for written submission on mitigation on what sentence Kalonga should receive.

Initially, Kalonga denied charges of theft and money laundering involving K105.9 million which he allegedly stole from the ministry between July and October 2013.

But private practice lawyer Joseph Kamkwasi, representing Kalonga, said his client had pleaded guilty to this money laundering charge of K3.7 billion “not to waste court’s time.”

Karonga was first arrested on October 17 2013 by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) for allegedly conniving with different people to defraud government.

He was charged with money laundering and theft by public servant.

Some analysts predict that Kalonga will get a lengthy sentence between six to nine years.

However, the judge could sentence him up to 11 years in prison.

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21 thoughts on “Kalonga ‘cashgate’ sentencing phase begins: Judge asks for mitigation submission”

  1. A Kalonga ndinu opusa DPP used you to implicate JB you thought akusiya they know that you know much of them everybody knows kuti ndalama zambiri zinabedwa nthawi ya DPP next they will kill you.

  2. Alunta continua says:

    A paulos banda ife musatifu za ma ARV akundende mwachidule tangopalamula mukadzionele nikha kumeneko

  3. Malawiyano says:

    What about those people who prepared the payments , those people who authorized the payment , the signatories and the bank where the money was withdrawn what do you do with them ? That’s a chain of them who are free.

  4. Salimu Thowa says:

    Plz our judges try 2 do the right thing,K105 bil.z not pap,where did he take the money.He probaly invested the money.So don’t jst put him in jail but sell all wat belongs 2 him so dat the money can atleast help de poor Malawians.His lawyer jst tel him dat he z talking nosense,whether its K3.7 bil or less that he admited,the truth stays that he did the money 4 poor malawians and must pay bac ‘Pay back the money”

  5. Munyalika says:

    chiboma chonyasa ichi sindinaziwone God rescue us plse

  6. chepetsani says:

    SO WHY DO YOU BLAME THE ECONOMY ON PETER? THESE ARE THE REASONS. WHEN IS JB COMING? OOOH SEPTEMBER HAS NOT FINISHED YET.

  7. RoyK says:

    Kwiba mukazgowela chomene vindele imwe.Malawi is now poor of the poorest bcoz of you vashgaters

  8. Zoonazake says:

    Ingowamasulani a cashgate onse. Tikukamba zacashgate wina akutenga anthu kumidzi ali tiyeni mukaone ku states ndiye tiziti chani?

  9. KUKAYA WA KUKAYA says:

    YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

  10. Jameson p Nkhoma says:

    Amenewo amangidwe coz anthufe tikuvutika ndi misonkho kumalipirira mbamva

  11. paulos banda says:

    Kodi ku ndende amalandira ma ARVs?

  12. chatonda says:

    Kalonga’s mother popularly known as GOGO Kalonga at Mbulumbuzi was swimming in monies and she used to travel to UK with government stolen money by Leonard Kalonga. Consider recovering this money not just keeping them in prison please.

  13. reasonable man says:

    abweze kaye ndalama mkuluyu asanalowe Ku ndende ,because if he is sentenced then all the billions will be locked with him in prison. mufinyeni ameneyo.

  14. Truck says:

    WE ARE TIRED OF THIS CASES OF CASHGATE JUST PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR LIFE SO THAT OTHER PEOPLE MUST LEARN A LESSON

  15. Fwangalubiro says:

    This guy was chief planner of the cashgate very clever these are the people that get soft sentences wait and see

  16. MRA STAFF says:

    What about 577 Billion Kwacha.

  17. Genter mazinga says:

    justice must prevail

  18. xxxxx says:

    Just free him after all your arrests are selective with the big fish still freely roaming the streets.

  19. Achimidzimidzi says:

    What mitigation are you talking about?

    Do you people consider the consequencies of the looting and the suffering we going through becuase of their selfishness.

    Let him bring back donors’ budgetary support then mitigation will be a fair deal.

  20. Che Ngana says:

    Mavuto Tikuwaona Lerowa Nchifukwa Cha A Bakha Ngati Amenewa.Tazingowamangani Basi.

  21. Sure says:

    Akawapatsa ma sentence, it will be good adzilandanso katundu. A MAlawi tazunzika mokwanira

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