Katengeza maintains her innocence in K106m case: ‘Kalonga used me’

Businessperson Angela Katengeza, who was co-charged with a former assistant director of tourism at Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga in the K105.9 million money laundering case is maintaining her innocence by sticking to ‘not guilty’ plea despite Kalonga admitting wrong-doing.

Kalonga (right) after court hearing

Kalonga (right) after court hearing

According to court statement by an investigator in the Fiscal Department of the Malawi Police Service, Katengeza alleges Kalonga used her to siphon K105.6 million from government.

Senior superintendent Gerald Chiwanda told the court that a caution statement he recorded from Katengeza 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.

Kalonga told the court on Wednesday that he recruited Katengeza’s company, Faith Construction, among others, to share the proceeds of fraud in the cashgate scandal.

He said Faith Construction later recruited Mchemani Construction as per instructions from then Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

High Court judge Fiona Mwale convicted Kalonga on his own plea of guilty and is yet to pass sentence but he is now remanded in prison.

But Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director general Reyneck Matemba, prosecuting the K105.9 million money laundering case, told High Court that Kalonga has been removed from case owing to his conviction.

“According to the law, it is unconstitutional to proceed charging any person on an offence he has already been convicted of. In this case, it is the same offence he was being jointly charged with Katengeza. That is why we had to file a new amendment,” Matemba said.

Kalonga was first arrested on October 17 2013 by ACB for allegedly conniving with different people to defraud government.

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55 thoughts on “Katengeza maintains her innocence in K106m case: ‘Kalonga used me’”

  1. chejalasi says:

    ZOMWE ZIKUONETSA KUTI JB AMKABA NAWO NDI IZI:
    IYE ADALANKUHULAPO KUTI
    1. AZIMAYI TIYENI TITAKATE
    2. INE NDIKUMUZIWA AMENE AMAFUNA KUPHA MPHWIYO.
    3. KODI WAKUBA AKAKUPASA ZIMENE WABA NDIYE KUTI N IWEYO NDI WAKUBA.
    PULEZIDENTI WA DZIKO KUMALANKHULA CHONCHI.

  2. Nthawi yoyaluka yakwana and muli ndi mwayi kuti manyumba anu sanatenthedwe ndi moto monga momwe tichitira akuba onse. You deserve a death sentence mbava inu kaya mumvetse chisoni or not. Fire burn

  3. Mwala says:

    Nthawi yakwana yoti zonse mumachita mu mdima zoonekere poyera, ambuye sachedwa safulumila zonse amapanga munthawi yache, ife tiipitiliza kupemphera muzingoululana nokha.

  4. nkhanga zaona says:

    Ine maso pama judge any fuckup you are in big trouble

  5. Alexbeu says:

    amalawi kuda ndi mtima omwe agalu achabe chabe amangidwe zitsiru zawanthu

  6. Trevor Manyi says:

    Koma how do you cash K60 million without asking questions? Zoona?

  7. Mtitimira says:

    I find her so funny she was waiting for a share from the third cheque. For what? Now she says am innocent. Is that okay amai? Why cashing on huge sums of money whose source was dubious?

  8. Mau says says:

    There is a way which seems right to a man but the end result is destruction.Prov14:12

  9. Messenger at Local government says:

    When are you arresting Christopher Makileni for abuse of office, promoting people who never deserved promotion , stealing money from councils?

  10. Mzee says:

    Muziba mochenjera anthu inu. What you did was not theft but challenge you were so bold that you broke all the rules of fraud. How could you receive cheques without rendering a service. Learn from Mota Engil they are busy ripping us off but at least giving us sub-standard roads but at least they have contracts duly signed by both parties. African govt are losing billions of dollars and not billions of kwachas to different scams but the perptrators try to make the act legitimate. How much do you think the UK loses monthly to scams by public servants? Just read the Tanner report. Next time you want to steal pse do it cleverly osati mopusa choncho. In addition clever thieves carefully choose their accomplices osati Kalonga ayi. Buying cars fucking etc now trying to implicate even Jesus. Tikuchindire hule lako lija unya. Ife we follow Mobutu’s advice “steal a little”

  11. mtichimwitsa says:

    Zinkakoma pa kudya

  12. chindime says:

    You are indeed innocent and all prostitutes are virgins

  13. Jasitasi Chilungamo says:

    What a lame excuse by this woman Katengeza by somebody using her account in siphoning huge sums of money and not getting anything from it.At least her friend Caroline Savala was honest enough that she was getting 10 percent from every money deposited by Kalonga.Pleading innocence by Katengeza on this issue is very cheap.Their days to Maula are numbered.If I were a judge to these greedy people,they would all be sentenced more than 100 years.A Malawian child still learns under the tree because of these evil greedy people who wanted everything for themselves.This is time when I remember of Kamuzu.They would all be shitting themselves going to prison.Malawians have been reduced to poverty because of these greedy people.This shows that Malawi Govt doesn’t have a proper system of handling things.Joyce Banda should also be extradited wherever she is hiding to answer her involvement in these cashgate cases to support her useless pp party and Pitala should also be bold and honedt enough to start combing from his Dpp people linked to cashgate.Malawi needs to clean the whole system.

  14. Macs says:

    Amangidwe onse.muidziwe ndende,agulukunyinda inu.andende akuvutika coz of mbava inu.mukawapeza.kamfunseni mzanu lutepo komwe aliko

  15. VIDIE says:

    KAYA ZANU IZO MUMAZIYAMBA DALA. WAKUNDE BASI.

  16. manoma says:

    chonchi tikanena kuti azimayi alibe nzelu, kwawo ndikuphika, kuchapa, bridal shower, make-up ndi kutsegula miyendo tilakwa?

    is that what a person with a brain can say in a court of law? umati ma million amene umasinthawo achokela kuti? komabe, poti women are silly. go back to the kitchen!!!

  17. Wapaphata says:

    Bodza iweee

  18. obwande says:

    Stupid you devil who can believe that nonsense.

  19. Mwale says:

    Not guilty when you knowingly were cashing stolen money for someone. Don’t you think that you were facilitating cash gate and then laundering money

  20. Zuze Chilombo Chammudzi says:

    Mayi angovomerani, kodi nyumba ya Area 47/1/ munamangira chiani, ka kampani kanu kankabouncetsa cheque cha K50,000 kale.

  21. If katenga ws woman enough why couldnt she report this malpractice to higher authority if she ws suspitious, no way she knew what ws going on, go to prison and repent there, stupid lutepo, stupd katengeza nonse a cashgate zakuti zanu, zoona kumaba cash pomwe mu zipatala mulibe drugs, ana kumaphunzira pansi pa mtengo yet mukuba zamasanje asah!

  22. Yes she might be innocent to other charges but not Money Laundering, becuse that is. Exactly what she was doing by depositing a fat cheque whose source she did not know and withdraw the who some and give it to kalonga.That is what money laundering mean.

  23. Alex Likoswe says:

    In law, ignorance is not an excuse. If you did not know that what you were doing was money laundering, just start preparing for hell.

  24. chepetsani says:

    AKUYAKHULA NDIKUMATAKO AMENEYO. ATHU AKUBVUTIKA CHIFUKWA CHA GULU LIMENELI.

  25. Mzee says:

    Malawians Malawians dont dwell on this issue move on. In my country Kenya 20 million dollars is nothing people steal but we dont dwell on it we let the courts which are corrupt deal with the issue. Theft and fraud are one of the biggest industries in the world and no govt would want this to wnd. My advice is put good aystems in place and voila. Is carlsberg govt? Yet 5 billion was stolen. I have been here since 1997 and i can assure you this is a good country just tightsn the system.

    1. ma hope a stella gwengweya says:

      you are stupid. go back to kenya

  26. ABzione says:

    Funny how she is admitting to have committed a crime but she seems/sounds clueless of the fact.

  27. Alinafe Banda says:

    A sensible person will not receive a cheque and deposit it into her account without any knowledge. She is a very strong suspect as you would like us to call her but in chichewa. we didn’t say oganizilidwa. But Wakuba I know the woman she’s sweet talker no doubt this to her alangidwe!!!

  28. kamphandila says:

    Mukatapa ndalamazo amasunga ndi JB kapena Mphwiyo?Bwanji JB amanena kuti akakugawira sunabe nawe.This shows that JB ndalama zikubedwa and she kept silent, during that time was JB a thief or a beneficially of cashgate? Kulandila katundu wakuba ndi Mlandu nayenso akalowe.she was an irresponsible president,we want our jet back,now now.

  29. Kachepa says:

    Sindikutha kumvetsa kuti boma limafuna ma umboni otani kuti lipeze munthu wakuba pomwe woganiziridwa ndiye amakalowa mu ndende mwansangansanga.Abale,kodi omwe akumaimbidwa mlandu wa Cashgate wa,akumauzidwanso kuti abweze anabazo kapena basi kwinako tikambirana??

    Funso lina abale anga nonse;kuti kodi pano mwini Naming’omba akuyendetsedwa pa chinjinga uja,akuginera kwawo kapena ali kundende??Inetu sindikumatha kumvetsa zinthuzi.Dziko,dziko,dziko-ndithandizeni abale anga chonde ndimvetse!!!

  30. John says:

    Silly defence on the part of Katengeza. Iwe sungadabwe kuti ma million onsewa akuchokera kuti? Iye Kalongayo osagwiritsa ntchito account yake bwanji? Do you believe Kalonga did not have an account to use? Iweyo amati ulandire commission for doing what? You better plead guilty. Denying will make the court lose time and they will slap you with maximum sentence.

  31. Kachepa says:

    Iam happy we are getting down the trench to the real point.But I have alot of questions on this matter.

    My dear Nyasa readers,
    Can you school me on this saga kuti cant there be an independent body to go for this Cashgate case especially with a foreign inorder for them not to do the Case with fear from local Malawians like JB did with the British firm??

    Secondly;during Bingu’s time when Dr Ntaba was Minister of Health,can you readers remember how all of a sudden MK5 or was it 15 billion worth of medicine got lost.How did that case end please to anyone who knows it!!!??

  32. Bololo says:

    You aided crime and that’s crime enough

  33. Tengupenya says:

    suspect was a willing accomplice, waiting for her reward (commission) after a third looting of the funds from the Treasury through her certificates. That the law enforcement caught up with them before they reached the stage where suspect was to get her reward does not absolve the suspect from the wilful accomplice suspect agreed to perform. depending on the charge suspect may be as guilty as he principals in the scheme to fraud government. after all the suspect’s agreement and action to provide the certificate was a crucial enabling factor for the convict to successfully defraud government. suspect’s willingness is emphasized by enabling this to happen not once, but twice, and was even waiting for a third occurrence. furthermore, suspect aided the recruitment of yet another accomplice! if properly charged, the suspect must dutifully await just deserts!

  34. Bob says:

    The lawyers have so languages like aiding, facilitating, accessory, conniving etc to commit an offence or whatever. Ukalowa basi.

  35. GRM says:

    Kutukwanisa azimai uku. What is her thinking process like?

  36. MAFUMU says:

    MWAYAMBA KUKANA PANO ???

    MA CHEQUE MMAKASHAWO ANALI A KU FARM KWA A MBUYANU ???

    MKUVUTITSA WANTHU MMIZIMU MZIPATALAMU MMASUKULU WANA OSAPHUNZIRA BWINO KAMBA KA NDALAMA MNABA AGALU INU

    AKAPANDA KUKUNJATANI ANZANUWO TIWONANA PA KAMPENI IKUBWERAYI

  37. Prospectucy says:

    You cashgaters, have you ever travelled in the rural areas of Malawi? Do you have relatives in there guys? Tell you people are suffering, Feel yourself that you killed alot of innocent people and you are still killing.

  38. mbola says:

    What goes around, comes around.

  39. MAFUMU says:

    IF DPP CANNOT FIGHT CORRUPTION

    ARREST AND RECOVER MONEY FROM ALL

    CASHGATERS !!

    THEN 2019 DPP IS FINISHED !!

    WHETHER ONE LIKES OR NOT

    THE SUFFERING IS TOO MUCH !!

  40. Kaka says:

    Zoopsa!!!!

  41. sabata Fakufaku musundu chayasimbi says:

    Now we are really fighting corruption

  42. Bob says:

    Ignorance is no defence you accepted and cashed stolen checks and expected money from the third check. Osakana bwanji and report to authority. One thing is out of thousands of construction companies why did Kalonga target yours? He new you are money hungry ulora kuba naye. Simply put you stole the money.

  43. RoyK says:

    Mumanyada ndi ndalama zakuba! Shameful

  44. cashgate1 says:

    After knowing that you were being used did you object to it?

  45. Zagwa says:

    Tamachangamukani inu! Thamangani and change plea to “guilty”. Kukulowelaku mkwiyo wathu tikupwetekanitu, filimu yaduka basi! Leonard waulula. Ma sing’anga, ma “prophet” ndi ma lawyer angokumalizilani tindalama totsalato chabe. Inu mukuonadi ngati tonsefe opusa kuti sitikudziwa zoti inu munachita kuitanila a chimwene anu a Sympathy kukaba? Chabwino munazitenga kuti? Dzifunseni kuti Leonard waululilanji poti all along amati saulula. Kupusa, dyela ndi ulesi Basi,,! Nthawi yokolola yakwana! Ngati munabeledwapo, kuwawa munkamva kuja, ife tikumva choncho nde musationjeze. Ndalemba dala muChichewa kuti mumve nawo! Mudziwenso kuti nonse katundu wanu tikumudziwa ndipo tilanda akhala wa Boma.

  46. Amuthyapa. says:

    Tiyeni nazoni a court. Ndalama za ma tax athu ife tikufuna kutukula Malawi, ena ali nazo buzy ngati ndi za ambwiyawo! Surely God is watching them.

  47. chiya says:

    Usatinamize apa. Unasusukira sharing yo osati commission ukunenayo, thats why u also recruited another company on the same scheme. Koma thumba la boma linabooka mpaka anthu kumatulutsa ndalama yovutayi ngati tomato woola? Koma JB azigona kutali ndi moto for crushing this vice. PETER must work fast on the MK577BN ya nthawi ya bingu otherwise, it will be a big campaign issue come 2019.

  48. abdul al barghdadi says:

    he he he,,,,is it pangs of restoration? I remember wanase mwale play,,,,,exactly.

  49. Truck says:

    IN LIFE NEVER TRUST ANYONE THATS WHY YOU ARE IN COURT IF YOU NEED MONEY WORK FOR IT NOT STEALING GOVERNMENT MONEY THATS BAD IMPRESSION TO US ALL MALAWIANS NOWADAYS OUTSIDE COUNTRIES THEY DONT HAVE TRUST IN MALAWIANS DUE TO THESE CASHGATE ISSUE VERY EMBARRASING EH!

  50. ma hope a stella gwengweya says:

    that’s what money laundering means you dumb silly woman (kuchapa ndalama). ndalama yakuda/yakuba umayidutsitsa kaye mwambili kuti uyiyeletse. what did you think you were doing when you were making withdrawls and deposits that you didn’t work for? you were washing money. get some brains!

  51. Telling the Truth says:

    It is impossible to believe her story. She ought to have known that something was terribly wrong.

  52. Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa says:

    Mwapha wanthu mwawononga dziko. Mhu zoopsya kwabasi

  53. It looks Leonard Kalonga played a pivotal role in the cashgate and Paul Mphwiyo took advantage of his shrewdness and used him to the maximum. Those people who know Kalonga are not surprised with this. Kalonga just like Suid Sulemana was born a crook. He jumps at opportnunities like this. He thought he was clever and would beat the system. Others in the same category of Leonard Kalonga are Pika Manondo and Ralph Kasambara. These people do not know the reverse gear when it comes to stealing by fraud. They would not break into somebody’s house but use papers and the mouth to steal. Pika can even kill to achieve his objective. I hope the right punishment will be given to them. Kalonga is very friendly and does not get angry. That makes him dangerous. He has an open mind.

  54. MaiMai says:

    Hahaha amaiwa ngafeki. So you can just keep on accepting to deposit cash in your Co name and you say not involved? Were you not asking Ka why your Co is being used? How did you get into this business with Ka? Lol caught napping.

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