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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Mbowe Mulambia
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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.

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

Malawiyano
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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who prepared the payments , those people who authorized the payment , the signatories and the bank where the money was withdrawn what do you do with them ?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.

Salimu Thowa
Guest

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”

Munyalika
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chiboma chonyasa ichi sindinaziwone God rescue us plse

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

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

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

KUKAYA WA KUKAYA
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YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW

Jameson p Nkhoma
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Amenewo amangidwe coz anthufe tikuvutika ndi misonkho kumalipirira mbamva

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