Kalonga used Katengeza to ‘cashgate’ K106m, investigator tells Malawi court

Former deputy director in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga used businessperson Angela Katengeza, who owns Faith Construction, to siphon K105.6 million from government, the court hearing the trial has heard from an investingator in the Fiscal Department of the Malawi Police Service.

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

Katengeza also rejected the offence of money laundering for which she is charged alongside Kalonga who is also answering other charges whose cases are yet to come before court such as facilitation of the purchase of six buses which the ministry disowned.

Kalonga at the court

Kalonga at the court

Senior superintendent Gerald Chiwanda told the court on Monday that a caution statement he recorded from Katengeza, which was tendered in court, indicated that Kalonga borrowed her certificate from the National Construction Industry Council which was normal according to her.

“After a month, he came with a cheque worth K32 million (about $76 190) which was deposited into my account. I withdrew the money and gave it to him. He came again with another cheque worth over K60 million (about $143 000), I deposited and withdrew and gave it to him.

“We agreed that I would get a commission after the third cheque, but to my surprise I heard that my name appeared at the Anti-Corruption Bureau as being involved in these cases,” said Katengeza in a caution statement.

The prosecution led by private practice lawyer Kamudoni Nyasulu hired by the State to handle cashgate case,  is parading witnesses to prove that Kalonga stole K105 million from government coffers.

Judge Fiona Mwale is hearing the case in Lilongwe High Court registry.

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