Malawi govt wants to seize cashgate property of convict Sithole

Malawi prosecutors have applied to court for seizure warrants for property connected to Cashgate belonging a former junior civil servant Victor Sithole who is currently serving a nine years jail term with hard labour for his part in the “cashgate” corruption scandal.

Sithole: Property to be seized

Sithole: Property to be seized

Former accounts assistant Sithole was found guilty of stealing more than $66,000 in cash.

Sithole’s arrest in August 2013 kick-started what became known as the “cashgate” affair – the worst financial scandal in the country’s history.

It became public knowledge a month later following the shooting of the finance ministry’s then budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Special Cashgate prosecutor Kamudoni Nyasulu, who has now won all the four concluded cases in court, on Friday asked Lilongwe, magistrate Patrick Chirwa, to issue seizure warrant on Sithole’s property said to have been obtained using spoils from the looting of public funds at Capital Hill which include Whisper Pub and Area 25 house.

Defence lawyer Ralph Kasambara – also answering to money laundering charges – is expected to respond to the State’s request on March 15.

Magistrate Chirwa sentenced Sithole, 28, to seven years for money laundering, one year for illegal possession of foreign currency and one year for being found in possession of stolen property – all three terms will run consecutively.

Nyasulu asked court for a warrant of “complete seizure” on Sithole’s assets.

Cashgate genesis

Prior to the shooting of Mphwiyo, police had arrested Sithole after finding him with K120 million (US$292 689).

Among others, police also arrested civil servant Martha Banda whom they found with K7.8 million (US$19 024) at her home in Lilongwe.

Police e also retrieved $184 000 (about K75 million) in cash from a safe box at First Merchant Bank (FMB) belonging to attempted murder suspect in the Mphwiyo shooting case, Pika Manondo.

They also impounded four of the cashgate six buses for which the Tourism Ministry paid K520 million through a cheque co-signed by arrested principal accountant to government Roosevelt Ndovie.

Ndovie was also earlier arrested after police found him with K3 million cash in his car boot and $25 000 (about K10 million) at his house.

Cashgate convicts

The first person to be convicted in relation to the high-profile case was former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tressa Namathanga Senzani, who was sentenced to three years in jail.

There have been other cashgate convictions of Maxwell Namata and Luke Kasamba to eight years and four and a half years respectively for theft and money laundering.

Namata, a former civil servant, was sentenced to consecutive custodial sentences of three years and five years for theft and money laundering respectively.

Kasamba, only found guilty on the second count of money laundering, but whose lawyers had earlier appealed for a lenient sentence citing health concerns, was jailed to four years and six months.

Another cashgate convict is Wyson Dzinyemba Soko who will serve a seven-year term.

Western donor nations and agencies, which provide 40% of Malawi’s budget, froze vital aid worth around $150m in reaction to the scandal.

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abuba
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Kkkkkkkkk jokes of the day mmmmm..92 billion kwacha not being mentioned here ..is it becoz it is an audit query? Whatever it is…..

Ezekiel
Guest

Once muluzi case dropped then the next move for the former president will is to fight the DPP party to be demolished as Bingu did with UDF watch out this pipo be careful it will be a painful revenge, Tupele is going to take over this presidence. The southerners don’t want to let it go to the centrals even the northerners.

akungolonje
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seize sithole lorry from cashgate hidden at makawa, land bought at maldeco by his wife, muluzi be prosecuted, bingu property be seized too.

Kamchitete
Guest

Why sithole’s? Please donors, you have heard yourselves that this government is at not serious. Let bakili face it then bingu togeher with all the kingfishers. Fasten your belts donors plz.

mr nyasaland
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koma ku nyasaland ayi ayiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii

Yankees
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Asinthole mupitatu inu!?!!.

Alfred Munduwabo
Guest

HON KHUMBO KACHALE HAS ALL HIS KK PROPERTIES TRUCKS BEEN HIDEN IN ZAMBIA JUST LIKE MULLI BROTHERS DID WITH HIS TRUCKS BY HIDING THEM IN MOZAMBIQUE WHEN BINGU DIED.
THERE IS NO MENTION OR INVASTIGATION HOW HON KHUMBO KACHALI ACQUIRED 70 TRUCKS WITHIN 2 YEARS ?

Vwatapu
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Cashgate began in 1994. To convict junior members and let presidents and other senior members go scot free is a mockery to justice. If it is true that no one is above the law, then anyone who stole public funds, president or no president should be arrested.These junior members were being commanded from above. If you want to kill a dog, you don’t shoot its tail, you shoot the head. If you leave presidents untouched then there is no work done.

zachibwana
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Kodi anyimbwa mukuphatikiza nkhani bwanji?YaMuluzi yabweraso bwanji apapa.sikuti akufuna kungothetsa kokha milanduyo2 koma maumboni paribe ngati iweo ukudziwa kuti umboni uri nawo takaperekeni2 amangidwe.Nthawi zonse timakamba zaumbuli bwanji aMalawi kupusa kwambiri kucourt mumakudziwa bwinobwino koma?mukudziwa kuchuluka kwandarama zamisonkho zimene angapatsidwe Muluzi akasuma kuti boma lamuzunza ngati boma litaluza mulandu umenewu?Amalawi tatsegulani maso osangoyankhulira kudana ndimunthu koma mudziyang’ana patsogolo kupusa basi,wina amvekere akapanga appeal kuchepa nzeru.Tidzakhala wozindikira liti aMalawi.

Kambolo Pitala
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A Sithole koma ndiye mwaondatu. Koma mumalizadi 9yrs. Kuba timaba mwanzeru. Osati ngati khoswe, kuti aliyense kudziwilatu, kuti kwasithole kuli mbiya.

Pitala anaba manyumba, a chair anaba ma billion, malemu kahuna anaba migolo migolo ya makobili, koma zatsalira inu a Sithole – nanga inu muferanji apa ka bottle situlo ndi kanyumba Ku 25 osati Ku 43.

Anzanu anakagula manyumba ku Portugal ku Australia etc.

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