Malawi ‘Cashgate’ convict sentencing adjourned: Postponements raise eyebrows

Justice Ivy Kamanga on Monday did not pass  the sentencing of  top tourism ministry official Treza Namathanga  Senzani who is the first convict in the so-called “Cashgate” scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid  has been shifted to Monday, October 6 as she adjourned it to Tuesday.

The judge on Monday kept changing the times for three until after 5pm when she called to the chambers both counsels for defence and prosecution to personally apologise for the delay and request that she makes the ruling Tuesday.

The lawyers accepted her request.

Justice Kamanga told the court in the late afternoon that she was ready with the sentencing but could not complete delivering, saying she could sit long as she had slipped disc problem.

Reneck Matemba, deputy director of the Anti Corruption Bureau who has been prosecuting the case said  the judge had been taken ill and she was not fit to deliver her much-awaited judgement.

Senzani pleaded guilty to stealing around $150,000 (63 million kwacha) from state coffers, part of a broader swindle worth at least $30 million and  was convicted  on her own guilty plea.

Namathanga-Senzani: Convict waiting sentecing

Namathanga-Senzani: Convict waiting sentecing

Nyasa Times understands that her swift guilty plea has been a “ bargain” for non custodial sentence. She is likely going to get a suspended jail term.

However, observers said the precedent of jail sentences of former minister Yusuf Mwawa and former Blantyre City Mayor John Chikakwiya may haunt Senzani.

Chikakwiya  was sentenced to three years and two months in jail for stealing a  K400,000 donation to rehabilitate a road in Machinjiri, Blantyre. Chikakwiya though there was full restitution.

He brought  K350,000 to the court and produced receipts for the costs he had incurred for the

Nanjiriri road project. He bought cement worth K47,000 and fuel for K3,000.

Former Malawi education minister Yusuf Mwawa was sentenced to two years imprisonment with hard labour for abuse of office and nine months for theft by public servant.

Mwawa was convicted for corruptly and fraudulently using 170, 000 Malawi Kwacha (from the ministry of education to meet wedding expenses when he took his new wife, Diana.

Although the former minister denied all the four charges, he offered to refund the money to government.  He refunded the money.

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25 thoughts on “Malawi ‘Cashgate’ convict sentencing adjourned: Postponements raise eyebrows”

  1. VYOTO says:

    THE WHOLE FORMER MINISTER OF EDUCATION AND ALSO FORMER SPEAKER OF MALAWI PARLIAMENT, HONOURABLE SAM MPASU, A NGONI WAS CONVICTED DURING ONE BINGU MUTHALIKA ADMINISTRATION AND ULTIMATELY SERVED A JAIL TERM FOR ABUSE OF OFFICE.WHY ON EARTH SHOULD THIS TREZA SEZANI NAMATHANGA, A LOMWE NOT SERVE A JAIL TERM FOR HER GROSS ABUSE OF THE OF OFFICE THE PS.WHETHER SHE IS LOMWE OR NOT LET THE LAWS OF THE LAND BE APPLIED.

    SECONDLY PS IS A CONTROLLING OFFICERS POSITION ENTRUSTED WITH ALOT OF RESPONSIBILITIES TO CONTROL PUBLIC RESOURCES HENCE SENDING NAMATHANGA TO JAIL WOULD BE EXEMPLARY TO OTHER CONTROLLING OFFICERS.ON THE OTHER HAND IF THE HIGH COURT JUDGE, IVY KAMANGA CHOOSES TO BE LENIENT,A WRONG PRECEDENCE WILL BE SET NOT ONLY TO OTHER CONTROLLING OFFICERS BUT TO THE ENTIRE CIVIL SERVICE.”AZINGOBA NDALAMA MA CIVIL SERVANTS KUKAPANGILA BUSINESS AKAGWIDWA BASI KUKANGOBWEZA”.

    DPP AND LOMWES MAY CHOOSE TO FOOL MOST MALAWIANS ON THIS NAMATHANGA TEST BUT NOT THE DONOR COMMUNITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!MALAWIANS ARE WAITING TO SEE WHETHER PROFESSOR PETER MUTHALIKA IS GOING TO PASS THE FIRST BIG TEST ON HIS SERIOUSNESS ON CASHGATE

  2. EDDO says:

    Judge ivy kamanga is one useless judge just like fiona mwale.MXIIIIIIIII Tikuonani la chi 40 lidzakukwanirani nanunso ma judge a china

  3. salimu says:

    Iwe number 6 ndi we wopusa ngati inu mukumanga ma toilet instead of houses mavuto anu amenewo.These days building an ugly houses is not an option just download the style you want. In my case am trying
    to build a house that resembles the shape ofnn ostrich.

  4. samvudekesa says:

    akulu akulu, don’t bring ‘mlomwe’ business in this issue. when will this end? cant we comment by raising issues of real substance? ife tizisowa mtendele chifukwa chokhala alomwe? aaaa abale!!!

  5. peter says:

    Koma ziliko kumeneko

  6. Abiti Mtila says:

    Why delay with judgement? What special with Senzani? Mwagamula milandu yambirimbiri. Koma chikubvuta ndi chani? Chilungamu uli kuti?

  7. simie says:

    This is the first person to be converted so please let us see justice here…….

  8. Issa Kabudu says:

    Mrs. Senzeni – has pleaded guilty at early age, and brought back the cash, she deserve no arrest, no time has been wasted and less questioning and less money paid to both government and personal lawyers – therefore she deserve a warning and atleast no position in government work.

  9. Wailing Soul says:

    Treza is daughter to Anna Namathanga Kachikho in her youth. Its a fact. Nyasatimes can investigate that and its a pure fact. Tho some think they are sisters or cousins. Treza was born of Anna in her early teens. Am waiting eagerly for the sentencing because of the political links the lady has in the DPP regime and our flawed judicial system.

  10. Jando says:

    The judge is very sick. I saw her walking with difficulties

  11. Nyapapi says:

    If she is left Scot free I will personally torch her castle!!!!!!!!!!

  12. jedi says:

    It don’t make sense that all over a sudden judge develops slipped disc. We will rule something fishy if Senzani goes to prison like Chikakwiya and Mwawa, otherwise ….

  13. Life says:

    I wish we had a vibrant, non-partisan civil society that was going to organize a real demonstration if this so called judge delivered a stupid judgement. As Malawian’s we need to help the system by forcing it to do what it is supposed to do. Lets occupy Sanjika if the judgement is crazy. Like the precedents set, if Mwawa was imprisoned for 2 years for stealing 175,000 Mk, what more 65, 000, 000 MK?? The most lenient time she can be incaserated is 15 years. Judges say, so that others can learn from. Actually if she is pardoned, its gone set precedence for all the cash-gate cases to come and in fact, it will incite everyone to go on rampage. Do the right thing Ms judge, otherwise, you might find yourself having terrible days for the rest of your life.

  14. tenson mkumbwa says:

    arest her plz!

  15. nkhedu says:

    disk yake yitiyo? ya joe gwaladi or ya mbenjere? koma zilikoliko

  16. MaiMai says:

    Disc ? All that time she was sitting long hours deliberating now about to sentence then disc yayamba???? Koma ku Malawi inu..she is bargaining with Mutharika on how to spare Senzani and how much she can be paid mk10m yachepa????
    mmmmmh we know all that is going on.

  17. eye eye says:

    yet you were able to sit for hours prosecuting the case..adjourning/postponing judgement and sentencing for the forth/5th time….there is there is??????

  18. kondwani nyasulu says:

    Tangoyerekeza kugamula za manyi anuwo kumeneko mitiziwa zoona inu munthu anamanga nyumba ngati hotel ndiye muzikatiuza za msete kuti wabweza 65mio yokha basi

  19. Namalira says:

    You could not deligate the sentencing to another person? Just say you want to be bribed more by Senzani. The greatest crookes we have in the country are judges followed by lawyers. Mxiii

  20. Jb hs don nothn wron bt u r de problm.cashgat z just non of her concern.y cant u do on wth development of th country? Thn u tek urself as more educated? Do u hv common sense?do u use it? I doubt.

  21. Kodi says:

    really? Slip disc problem has arisen when about to deliver judgement not when the case was being held? Afe we about to see a repeat lf Atcheya tactics? The judge shlild rrtire on medical grounds

  22. khesha says:

    Let her go to jail we are failing to survive because of her

  23. Israel Difense Force says:

    This lady is heavily linked to Mulakho hence zikuvuta

    1. MAPETO says:

      NAMATHANGA IS 100 % MLOMWE THATS WHY JUDGEMENT IS DELAYING !!

      1. honey says:

        Exactly! she is Anna Kachikohos sister. Nde mukufuna kunena kuti ndende ndi za anthu opanda mayina basi? sizitheka!!!

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