Kalonga spills more Cashgate beans: PP got 60% of looting proceeds

Former chief tourism officer in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga, who is a convict in what has come to be known as Cashgate, made startling revelation in court on Tuesday saying former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo, had confided to him that he was appointed to the post after “good work” in the looting that was sourcing funds for the People’s Party (PP).

Kalonga narrated Cashgate ‘loot’ sharing in the court-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate kingpin Mphwiyo coming out of court.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate suspect Stafford Mpoola coming out of court .-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Kalonga, who was convicted on his own plea in 2015 and is waiting for his sentence, is a principal witness for the state in the 2.4 billion kwacha cash gate related case against Mphwiyo and 18 others,

In his day two of testifying against Mphwiyo and 18 others, Kalonga said the stolen money was meant to fund the then ruling PP.

He explained to the court how the looted money was being shared and in his explanation to the court he said the main beneficiary of the looted money was PP.

Kalonga told the court that the first scheme which was like a trial worth close to 80 million kwacha, Peoples Party got 60 percent and the remaining 40 percent was shared among themselves including Mphwiyo, Contractors, people from treasury, tourism who got K2.5 million kwacha to share equally amongst the four of them -Mr. George Banda, Mr. Mphatso, Mr. Mzanda and Kalonga.

“After this I got the call from Mr. Siti and Chipendo from treasury who expressed disappointed with how the shares went on and threatened not to cooperate again if we don’t revise the percentages of sharing the money. I personally drove to Mr. Mphwiyo office with my colleague Mr. George Banda , Chief Accountant at our ministry at capital hill, this is when I first met him in his office as we used to do our meetings at car parks in town as mostly we were meeting in cars.

“Here, Mphwiyo told us that he was not surprised with the behaviour of the two as they are fond of that and told us he can do without them and just brushed off their threats. We left it there and I didn’t tell the two what Mr. Mphwiyo said that he can do without the two I just told them that he has promised to work on the new way of sharing the percentages,” explained Kalonga

Kalonga has since also implicated former senior official in the Accountant General office, Clemency Madzi, Fourth accused person in the case, telling the court that he once met him at Civic office car park in his (Madzi) BMW car where they were discussing on the shares they will want from accountant general office in the next funding request which this time was discussed before the money was requested to avoid anymore arguments

“In June, Mr. Mphwiyo called me to meet and prepare the next funding, we agreed to meet the same day after work at Capital Hotel car park and I drove in my car with Mr. Banda. it was at this meeting that he told us that he has been appointed as budget director from assistant budget director by the President, by this time it wasn’t made public yet but we were first to hear it from him personally. He told us that this was due to his cooperation to source funds from ministries for the political party.

“This motivated us, We even asked him to make arrangements that in one of the day he shall go again to make presentation from our deal, we should escort him so that they should see and know that from our ministry it was us cooperating and helping them to source campaigns money, unfortunately this didn’t materialize as a scandal came to light whilst he was making such arrangements” said cool and composed Kalonga while avoiding eye contact with either of the accused persons.

He said Mphwiyo told them that they shouldn’t get afraid of anyone as top officials at Accountant general were also in the scheme and are also cooperating.

Kalonga told the court that the next meeting was arranged at four seasons along Kamuzu State road. He said Mphwiyo came to the meeting with cashgate convict Maxwell Namata and they sat at the corner in the bar discussing.

“Were told to look for more contractors (suppliers). This is the time that I personally contacted other contractors including one called Protem for my sister.

“Those contractors like Madula Constructions and others who didn’t remit full on  what we agreed in first scheme I didn’t include them in the next scheme and this is the time Mr. Mphwiyo brought other contractors like Stadal building contractors, Dan civil engineering and Image investments,” he said

According to Kalonga, Mphwiyo decided as to how much the three companies should be given in form of cheques to cash which were more than 100 million kwacha each cheque while the other contractors contacted by him refused anything more than 100 million kwacha at once as they preferred to have two three cheques with less amount but totalling to 100 million or more.

Kalonga also identified a distribution list document which he confessed it was worked by him showing a total of K1, 439,551,015.30 which was distributed as follows; K200 million to Accountant General Office, K100 million to Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), K100 Million for Tourism officials where as other percentages went to the contractors with the 60 percent going to Mphwiyo to Peoples Party

Kalonga  also identified  two cheques exhibited in court that were paid to Stadal Building contractors amounting to K500 million as to have been given to Stafford Mpoola by him and were both issued on 24 August, 2013 and were deposited in Stadal FDH account at City centre.

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33 thoughts on “Kalonga spills more Cashgate beans: PP got 60% of looting proceeds”

  1. Abwana says:

    Eh kaya bola moyo.

  2. Thinktank says:

    So same Jb could be involved in cashgate and invite foreign auditing firm to expose her??? Look at the shielding of corrupt ministers this muthatika is engaged in.Compare with Jb.

  3. inde says:

    WHY are you talking about DPP? Let us deal with PPs cashgate now. Your time will come to deal with the mighty DPP. Evidence coming out clearly and nicely. Not the mere speculations from the maize purchase where no money was released but you wanted to make an issue out of it. Go KALONGA go!!

  4. kunenakunena says:

    Kathu ako. Mwatibila tawa Malawi tsono tavuka na uchitiro uwo. Imwe vinkhungu zwa ma Suit tilekelani chalo chithu ichi. Mwa wanthu wakulemera kale kweni mukwibitatso the underprivileged. Educated savages. Vindele vakufikapo.

  5. Apao Kugola says:

    This case will open a can of worms even for DPP. After the PP the nation would want to know who stole the K236 billion before the dawn of JB as president. Shaa I can smell a James Hardley Chase story here. Then MCP must reorganise itself in a more mature way to be trusted by the nation desperately looking for saviour party. Otherwise, a new political that can emerge and be led by good brains like those of Chilima and manage to give positive to the nation will take political leadership on a silverplatter.

    Just observing with keen interest.

    The Fearless Samurai (Jwampiriu)

  6. mmc says:

    Remember amai Joyce told us kuti Mphwiyo is a hero who wanted to prevent corruption. She went on to say that she knows who wanted to kill him and why. so connection btwn PP and cashgate is real. Lutepo bought cars and buses for the party and these were registered in the name of Joyce… so I guess a whole president sank low here to indulge in the affair of money kusolola.

  7. mabusa says:

    Did Kalonga just say or he brought evidence as required by the court of law? Sometimes he has been enticed with lenient prison term or just to tarnish bad image of PP. But why do you Malawians only speak tough on the K24bn and not the K234bn which started and which amount is huge here?

  8. kamunkhwala says:

    In Malawi who is not a thief.It seems everyone in government and political circles are thieves now who is not thief?_Let’s meet him or her.If anybody could be found.

  9. Lottie says:

    The love of money is the root of all evil

  10. Lucius says:

    umboni ungapose APA? kubera poor Malawians

  11. Timveziti says:

    dyera limaphetsa, ndizomvetsa chisoni kuti dziko losauka kaleli, mavuto mbwee ! Zochepa zomwe tili nazo mmalo moti zitumikire tonse ena akuphangira, anthu oterewa nde amfiti enieni pakufunika kuti onse omwe zikuwakhudza alangidwe koopsa kuti khalidwe loipali litheretu.

  12. Thako la Nkhuku says:

    Kamlepo Kalua! Why are you suddenly queit with your revelations???????

    1. Mwalimu Nyerere says:

      Go deeper

  13. olilongwe says:

    Honourable Kamulepo where you now? You always spoils beans when things went out of the hands. Hon. Kamulepo can you come out so that we should know first hand information your side. Malawian are waiting to hear from your side because 60% its not a joke goes to fund the party. I would love if JB was here, but one day truth shall prevail. Palani amuchotsako ku State house where should you get information?

    1. Palani says:

      Just because Kalonga has said it is not proof that the money went to PP. Mphwiyo could have been doing anything with the money surrendered to him

      1. mmc says:

        Chifukwa ninji sakutchula DPP or MAFUNDE? uparty supporter is crowding ur judgement.

  14. Eye for 1 says:

    I for one don’t believe this 60% went to PP through Mphwiyo . The king Pin was Mphwiyo in this matter he probably donated proceeds to PP not 60% I’m sure his cut before he donated that money stood at 30% or more which he intern split with other people aswell. All of the above mentioned are just mere pawns in this big game of chess . Who is the grand master behind these moves ? People’s useless greed for more and more till all of them go to Hell and no don’t worry salvation shall not knock on the door. You shall pay for everything you do in this world either you’ll pay here or when the last hour comes judgement day

    1. dabwani zoona says:

      Yes you can clearly see.that Mpywiyo was having more hence the others became disgrantled and connect the shooting with Jb who knew and wad warned about Mphwiyo doing Jb’s game excessively.I rest my case.Kasambara is inocent.

  15. Mugonapamhanya says:

    De-register the thief party.

  16. koma abale inu eeh says:

    Kalonga has to be afraid for his life, no question. Here’s hoping there is enough protection for him; as he has the trove of evidence implicating so many people and companies. Finally we can see light, representing justice for Mlawians, at the end of the tunnel.
    And the guy must be credible – evidence his details of specific locations of meetings and what was accomplished and when. It doesn’t matter if a few details are not as exactly as he tells them: he may have an idyllic memory, but even if it is not perfect, the evidence should be acceptable to the Court, to be sure. PP MPs must be seating bricks, and not sleeping, these days.

    Convicts like Kalonga, and the mentioned suspects were really enjoying the fruits of their thefts: throwing loads of money into lottery machines without any sense of guilt; spending so much money in Lilongwe bars and hotels, showering gifts, like expensive jewelry like gold ear rings and pendants to MG2s (concubines). Money was thrown around like popcorn by rewarding ten or more “pins” on one session with sex workers, etc. etc. What the …!

    Money can sure buy many things, including the favored cars, “Black Man’s Wheels” (BMWs) and Mercs; sex and mansions. But it cannot buy love. Or political victories as PP and their leader, Joisis Banda, discovered. A rude awakening for them indeed. How can the current PP MPs wake up everyday and look at themselves in the mirror, and then go the church or mosque to pray?
    Kalonga, tell us more. And speed up the demise of PP from the Malawi political landscape.

  17. thumbwe man says:

    The 60%was being shared between Mphwiyo and Ralph and that’s why amafuna kuphana, amapondana. A whole president would not sink so low to share monies with a group like this.

    1. mmc says:

      Why was Mphwiyo promoted by the president? Ask urself? Uzifunse wekha kuti why did the whole president defend him on the public pulpit

  18. Chengolopiyo says:

    Lowa lowa lowa Mphwiyo waku Maula!!!! Overwhelming evidence and Kalonga’s memory is sharp. The beginning of the end for Mphwiyo.

  19. RICHMAN says:

    this shows no evidence that the money went to pp

    1. son of soil says:

      no evidence at all

  20. Billiat says:

    Kadziko kosauka, nkukateronso abale?

  21. Malawiana says:

    I think so too, just like how some guys used Kamuzu’s name for their benefit. It’s quite unlikely JB would have rushed to invite Baker Tilly had she been in the game (unless she thought she wouldn’t get caught koma even munthu opusa sakanatero). Anyway, following…

  22. Akatwiri says:

    If it was a novel, its Fredrick Forsith (The Oddessa File)

  23. ruth malikebu says:

    This now explains why Mai JB is in hideout. only 2% loading before the big fish is caught

  24. Malapwana says:

    This is movie material! “Cashgate unravelled by Leonard Kalonga”

  25. Gerald mapanga phiri says:

    I think mphwiyo was smirking both government and friends using PP name. But there is concrete evidence just mouth word

  26. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Game on!!!

  27. Akatwiri says:

    Shaaa koma zilipo

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