Lawyers Mulemba, Phoya face arrest in Malawi cashgate crackdown

Malawi’s Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) is on arrests galore in the ongoing cashgate scandal and next on line is lawyer Yambani Mulemba and former minister Henry Phoya, Nyasa Times understands.

Phoya: Implicated

Phoya: Implicated

ACB sources told Nyasa Times that Mulemba is linked to the money laundering charge of the country’s former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo and his wife Thandi.

Mulemba is lawyer of Mphwiyo and ACB said they want to quiz him on allegations that he collected US70, 000 dollars from Mphwiyo’s house immediately after he was shot, among other issues.

ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba said he could not disclose names of suspects yet to be arrested but confirmed there will be more arrests as they follow corruption and fraud trails laid bare by British forensic auditors Baker Tilly who went to the bottom of the scam, in which some politicians and public servants stole about K20 billion through questionable business or fraudulent means in recent years.

Phoya was implicated by Mphwiyo in court testimony that he was among some ministers who were pressurising him to approve payments to some companies, among them Glens Waterways and Deco/Terrastone which was claiming K9 billion.

Phoya served as minister in several portfolios during the Bingu wa Mutharika and Joyce Banda governments.

In court testimony, Mphwiyo mentioned lawyer Ralph Kasambara, through Pika Manondo, Kasambara’s friend Patrick Gadama popularly known as ‘Gada’ and former spokesperson of the People’s Party (PP) Hophmally Makande and others who were pushing for his signature to honour ‘bad’ payments.

Mphwiyo, whose shooting at the gate of his house in the country’s capital Lilongwe on the night of September 13 2013 exposed the plunder of public resources, was arrested on Saturday for money laundering, theft and conspiracy to defeat the course of justice.

His wife has been informally charged with theft and money laundering.

Apart from the arrest of Mphwiyo and his wife Thandi, the anti-graft body has so far also arrested Makande who handed himself over to ACB following a tip that there was a warrant for him and Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) director of legal services and company secretary Ishmael Chioko.

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55 thoughts on “Lawyers Mulemba, Phoya face arrest in Malawi cashgate crackdown”

  1. Zamangazi says:

    Mangani onse. Pano zayamba kuwawa ndalama.

  2. Phili says:

    Its like that we jst need all money back acb work up

  3. Malawi adaolerathu-kusolola kudakula. Abvekeni unyolo onse mwa changu cifukwa Tilly adakupatsani maina. Donot beat about th bush! Musova!

  4. Azanga do not trust lawyers, Judges and even politician these are thieves palibe wamoyo check the president himself anaba nyumba yooneka nimaso what about cash? only God knows

  5. Tako says:

    Kod wabwino ndanino kapena iwo amene if u judge me i’ll judge u2 mwadzadzanako bas idyan lero koma tikakomana pa gatepo

  6. amao says:

    Koma, whatsapp with Malawian lawyers? Who will trust you now? Mpaka Yambani? Chioko? Makande ? Kasambara ? Tukula?

  7. chatonda says:

    Ministry of Justice, can you find out who wrote comment number 92 who is leaking such government important in formation. He claims to have seen the list and that Phoya’s name is not non the list. What kind of a civil servant is this fool?

    1. Nyapapi says:

      Comment number 92 siinafike baba!

  8. John Tembo adanena kuti mbuzi, mkango, ndi Fisi sayika nkhola limodzi. Malawi anaola basi.

  9. Gotze says:

    As someone who works at the MInistry of Justice, I have been able to see the current list of Cashgate suspects. Some have already been arrested and the others are yet to be arrested but Phoya is definately not on the list. Sorry follks, but that is the truth of the matter

  10. Za 92 billion mudzapanga inu mukadzalowa m’boma pano tiyeni tipangeni Kaye izi zinathyola Phwiyo nsagwada izi
    2 years pa hot sit mwakhala mukuyimba nyimbo ya 92 billion why didn’t you make arrests?? Eish!!!

  11. CHITIPA AND NTCHISI says:

    Please check chitipa and ntchisi DCs office.

  12. Amuna ngunda ngunda- aku malowa . says:

    PETER MUTHARIKA- KHWIYA LUMA ,NDATILUMA, NDIKUNVA KUZUNA 2024 KUTI WOOOOOO , ODI UKO BWANA PETER ADUSE, NDATI LUMA MORE FIRE , ANG’ENDULE, ANYIMA , ATIZUZA KOBASI.

  13. JAYJAY says:

    timanena ife kuti anthu mukusankha awa ndi mbava koma oho kusamva vianthu vwa malawi.UDF YINABA,DPP YABINGU NDI PITALA YINABA, JB ANABA ONSEWA AKUMWERA,ANTHU OSAKONDA DZIKO LAWO.ANTHU AULESI OFUNA ZOGWA NDI CHISWE.NDE TIKAMATI VOTANI BWINO AHA OSAMVA.UNFORTUNATELY ANTHU OSAZINDIKIRA NDE AMBIRI MU MALAWI .CHONCHO,TIYENI ALITENSE PAMENE ALIPO AZINGOBA NAYENSO.

  14. Twaibu Saidi says:

    Anthu oipa amenewa afinyeni ndithu

  15. Jungu Godfrey Lamatanje says:

    Wankhungu Awo Kuwanyengelera Yayi Wakutimazga.I Wish Them Dead Coz Wakumanya Cha Uzirwi Wa Ndalama Za Msonkho.Muwalange Kwambula Kubeka Nkhope

  16. K1.7 billion ya atcheya yili pati abale ?nungothamangila yoyamba JB .The top most lecturer on cashgate in Malawi are UDF, DPP ndi ng’on wawo PP .K92 bn idzalizanso anthu Germany be fast for K92 BN .

  17. Grecium says:

    So Mphwiyo didn’t die for a right cause….God is really on your side.Continue putting to right all what is under carpet and you will be rewarded in heaven

  18. Think Tank says:

    It is a systematic way of wiping out PP and DPP wants to be alone in the southern region. UDF is already finished like nsalu ya makani. We know that PP gurus stole money but there is also a political reson for all these arrests. Creating one party in the southern region is the agenda. If DPP were honest, they should alos look at the K92 billion stolen under their rule. Bingu stole billions and that was revealed last year through the Yeremia Chihana report and all that is under the carpent. Tiyeni nazoni.

    1. Tengupenya says:

      inu mumati okluba awasiye choncho? saiyeni anzanu adzimasule pa goli loganiziridwa kuti anaba ndalama za boma.

  19. ndkuva kukma hvy coz malonjezo ankalonjeza aja akukwanilisad.u r realy important person in mw.we wl never vote somebody except u on may 2o,2019.muzaptliza ntchto yanu until 2024.And i wsh mukanakhala wamuyaya baba.

  20. thoko says:

    We need big fish.

  21. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    Tiyeni nawo amenewo, asaukitsa dziko. Amalawi sangakhale makasu anu kwa muyaya.

  22. zeze says:

    A Yambani ifetu timadabwa…kulemela choncho within a short period of time….maula is waiting for you….timati you are a hard worker osadziwa kuti ndiwe mbava yayikulu.

  23. Kadakwiza says:

    No one is perfect. Just because if someone is not caught is like a saint but serious speaking Malawian politicians and leaders had let the country down. No development because of corrupt Malawian leaders.

  24. yoram j bezay says:

    zikumandiverako bwino bwanji!.keep it up.

  25. Felix Cosmas says:

    but why are you sentencing these big thieves with fair punishment koma amphawi ndiye kuchita kuwalumira mlomo wakumunsi

  26. Nalikongwiro says:

    You and Bingu framed up a case against Chilumpha. Remember? Now this is your time to rot at Maula.

  27. vaanwyk says:

    KAYATUKAYA. MILANDU YA CASHGATE IKUNGOKHUZA ANTHU AMTAUNI YA LILONGWE NDI BT. KODI KU MZUZU NDI MUMA DISTRICT ENA BWANJI?

  28. Anthony Phoya says:

    Nyasatimes, Hands off my Uncle please.

    Phoya is one of the cleanest politicians Malawi ever had.

    please hands off.

    1. usova unadya nao iwe.hahaha kma ndye2 kaya azafela kndende ameneo!

    2. Kabuthu says:

      If he is clean, he will also come clean from the courts, do not worry. This guy was struggling like anything. All of suddenly he starts building mansions…town houses…flats. Where did he earn the money in such a relatively short time?

    3. hahahahaha says:

      You must be having a laugh son!

  29. Ok! Chaka cheke mchino.Wina achileka mo fire.!!!

  30. Mphwache wa Bingu says:

    In fact the PP executive is supposed to be operating from jail as I earlier indicated last year. JB and her boys ruined this country. They were busy praising and worship TB J and giving him the money they were stealing from us.

    1. kanchenga says:

      TOUCH NOT MY ANOINTED. Be careful my friend.

      1. Mphwache wa Bingu says:

        TBJ is in business. Makes money from the poor, the sick, the suffering and the greedy politicians

  31. Mphwiyo please continue telling this nation the truth on this issue . You are very sane and normal unlike ………. i am made to believe whatever you say .. .You might have seen hell —We thank God for your life – it is for mother Malawi’s sake –though there is more behind…. God Bless Malawi……..

  32. Professional Journalist. says:

    White collar thieving,kkkkkinkiest!

  33. nkhedu says:

    cashgate film season 5 episode 10 continues…by the way inui a ACB bwanji film yanuyi ikuchepa ma actor achikazi? ma audition anuwo mukukondera eti? ok bt still watching and its entertaining.

  34. Peter Nkosi says:

    “His wife has been informally charged with theft and money laundering.”

    How can she be informally charged? Surely she has been either charged or has not been charged.?

  35. The Don says:

    Koma a yambani ku mayendela magalimoto ovuta pa tauni and yet ndinu a cashgate!!!!!! Mmmmmh…la 40 lakukwanilanitu!

  36. Chindazi says:

    kkkkkkkkkk lawyers and their Profession………You mean he collected USD70,000 after his client was shot….. all that money in cash form………hahahahaha ziliko ndithu nkhani…..

    Reyneck Matemba…… donot sleep…… work till all the cases are finished………this is the time…… Amayi knew it when she put you on that post…..kkkkkkkk

  37. Deleka says:

    a Yambani Mulemba, kufatsa konse kuja kani ndinuso akuba? ife tinkati ndinu munthutu!

  38. Bambo wanu says:

    oKuba onsawa!!

  39. Think Tank says:

    So Raphael Kasambara right from begining! Remember how there was persistent postings on these media channels portraying Raphael as Mafia,Big Fish, etc? He had no chance. The whole government system was against him. The idea was to make him a fall-guy and close the chapter. Unfortunately the British thought otherwise. Engaged British auditors,and here we are. Just as people are dismissing the 92billion as a mere querry,the Germans know something and want to get to the bottom of it. The British have done it. How i wish i was listening to the these looters’ conversations as the discuss with their wives/husbands in their bedrooms their futures. Unfortunately no powerful sing’angas anymore around. To Ralphael Kasambara,only and only if your concious is clear should you continue represent fellow accussed. Your name will be dragged in with each arrest. Watch this space.

  40. Zeen Beneliaza says:

    Zomabwereza nkhani yoti tawerenga kale ndizobowa bwanji. Ofcourse you are trying to establish the link but you do it unnecessarily. How many cashgate cases are going to report and bring back the old story already read? That Mphiyo was short due to cashgate is known and it is no longer news

    1. Bolero says:

      Some people are reading these stories for the first time. Count yourself lucky that you know where the issue is coming from. It is informing for some of us who are reading about this issue for the first time. It is the practice in the professional reporting to do so.

      1. thoko kachikho says:

        Which planet do you live in to be reading about cashgate for the first time today?

  41. chekambewa says:

    PP is finished and the last one to be picked is the chief cashgatress who is in botswana on election obseration KKKKKKK munya muona

  42. Concerned Malawian. says:

    Ine ndikumva kukoma…. Tiyeni nawo amenewo… changu changu.. mukamaliza muyambenso 91 billion ija.. gud start a new govt… Muwinanso 2019… APM BOMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ndatha ine wanu wa chipani cha Hellen Singh… ndayiwala kuti ndi chipani chanji?

    1. Chitaganya says:

      Kikikiki…. Mwatero…. A Singhi omwewo. Ine wa a Nyondo.

  43. khuleya says:

    when will Peter Mutharika be arrested for obtaining a Malawi Housing house corruptly? justice should not be selective…

    1. Gongoni says:

      Tachoka iwe! Kugula nyumba ndi cashgate? APM ndi BOMA ngati siukudziwa!

  44. loveness says:

    Phoya is best friend to the owner of LIDO and it is revealed that Phoya ws giving to man favours to the LIDO guy. please ACB strongly investigte LIDO before he hide’s all evidence.

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