Manondo reveals Mphwiyo was kingpin of Malawi cashgate, funded political campaigns in PP, MCP: ‘There was no deal with JZU or Chakwera’

Businessman Pika Manondo, second accused person in the ongoing shooting case of former budget director, Paul Montfort Mphwiyo,whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’ has entered his defence of his two charges of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder charges.

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Manondo, who was found with a case to answer, on Thursday told the court how he was working with the gun-shot survivor in their deals and cashgate convict Oswald Lutepo .

He told the court how close he was with Mphwiyo as his errand boy  and  also working on his political dealings with the then ruling People Party (PP).

Manondo said they first started their political strategy towards PP convention which was held in Blantyre where he was used to campaign for some politicians which Mphwiyo  listed,  among them were Brown Mpinganjira and Uladi Mussa who were competing on first vice and second vice president respectively.

According to Manondo almost the whole list he was given by Mphwiyo to campaign for made it except Mpinganjira and Mussa who flopped.

He even told Mphwiyo a day before the convention that the two will likely lose as their competitors Sidik Mia and Dr Cassim Chilumpha respectively had both financial muscle and political experience to outclass them.

Upon the fulfilment of the PP mission , Manondo said Mphwiyo told him to strategise  on 2014 tripartite elections to ensure  PP victory.

He said he in June, 2013 he was tasked to work on how to spoil Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  convention and ensure a weak candidate win the party presidency .

MCP Convention

Manondo told the court that their main target was retired Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo not to win the presidency  of MCP as he was a threat to PP based on his personality, financial muscle and tribe he was coming from as he is a Lhomwe from Southern Region .

He said they opted to campaign for veteran politician John Zenasi Ungapake (JZU) Tembo as he was deemed a weak candidate out of all based on past history which associate his name with one party era atrocities and an old age above 70 years.

Manondo said JZU Tembo was also chosen on the basis that he was too rigid to allow any alliance with any party unlike others including Munlo.

As they were in process of buying party clothes and other materials , their intelligence showed that Tembo was not going to stand but he was secretly campaigning for Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera as he was afraid to make it public fearing other candidates would have teamed up against Chakwera.

According to Manondo, they also started campaigning  for Chakwera without  his knowledge as they feared Munlo would split votes in the south where PP leader Joyce Banda comes from.

He told the court that he got money from Mphwiyo and other cash through Lutepo for operations like printing of T shirts, laptop bags written MCP convention,  batches,  caps , cloth (chitenje) and flyers all labelled Chakwera except the cloth which they were distributing through party supporters who never knew where they were coming from.

Manondo told the court that there was no formal or informal agreements to JZU Tembo or Chakwera as it was their plan to weaken the MCP.

He said  Mphwiyo  also funded his trip to Kenya to get knowledge on how the ruling party did it with biometric voting system which the government was ready to use but could not implement as it meant that every Malawian was supposed to have national identity cards to vote.

Manondo told the court that he roped in Macdonald Kumwembe in January 2013 as another man on the ground from Southern Region as they intensified their strategies towards 2014 tripartite elections.

British-funded audit had revealed cashgate money  funded politicians’ election campaigns.

“The proceeds of Cashgate may have been used to support electoral campaigns, though it is not possible to confirm the source of the funding,”  investigation by the auditor Baker Tilly found.

The  principal beneficiaries included the PP’s former recruitment director, now imprisoned Oswald Lutepo, whose companies accounted for 4.4bn kwacha of the total. Lutepo was sacked by former president Joyce Banda after the scandal came to light; he ran as an independent candidate for parliamentary seat, but lost. Banda, also defeated at the polls, has always maintained her innocence.

Former justice minister Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and McDonald Kumwembe are defending themselves on the attempted assassination of Mphwiyo.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.

Mphwiyo is  also charged  on cashgate cases.

Forensic auditors from British audit firm, Baker Tilly, established that under the administration of Joyce Banda, about K24 billion was looted at Capital Hill between April and September 2013 through inflated invoices and payments for goods and services not provided to government.

In 2015, a financial analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 2014 owing to abuse of the central payment system, Integrated Financial Management Information System .

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

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31 thoughts on “Manondo reveals Mphwiyo was kingpin of Malawi cashgate, funded political campaigns in PP, MCP: ‘There was no deal with JZU or Chakwera’”

  1. Bima Matheza says:

    I like the Ken Lipenga coment.

  2. hugo says:

    just say the truth you people this is too much. All politician are so greedy you don’t think about others all you think about is yourself may God punish you all who does this things

  3. vwapuvwapu says:

    Maya ndi zowona kkkk

  4. UNECA says:

    Mukukamba za 24b kumachita kuti chipani cha dpp chinasakaza ndalama zokwana 554b ndi x kangati amalawi kugona tiyeni tione patsolo palibe wabwino apa.

  5. Lottie says:

    So Phwiyo and JB are playing the victim – yet they were the kingpins of the whole saga. My foot!

  6. golo says:

    Reading between the lines Everything Manondo is saying here is just cooked up stories.I wonder who he is serving here? Please know that you are just wasting taxpayers money for nothing here.You already stole our money with cash gate and now you want to be like Lutepo in not saying the truth of the matter.

  7. John Thomas says:

    For those of you who have literary minds, this is material for a gripping Robert-Ludrum- like thriller.

    The title should be “The Capital Hill Conspiracy”. Theft, shooting, spying, bribery, conspiracy… e.t.c are all in there.

    The scene is a plot consisting of double storey civil Service buildings of a Banana Republic somewhere far away from civilisation. The players are senior corrupt civil servants, bogus business men and women and the head of the Banana Republic and her henchmen…….

    If this was elsewhere in the world, books would have ben written by now and legitimate money made from the sales of there from.

    Does anybody know where Ken Lipenga is? is there a Literature Department at the University of Malawi? come on guys, pen something for posterity – please

  8. tsopano says:

    Manondo’s testimony is irrelevant to the shooting of Mphwiyo.

  9. Jimmy mabedi says:

    za ziiiii. …..osangozisiya bwanji ….kumangoononga ndalama…..mitu yake sikuoneka…..

  10. Truck says:


  11. DOBO says:

    Three things to comment. The testimony is a clear indicator of how ruling parties destroy opposition using public funds. Secondly,this is too compllicated case to be well supported with evidence and thirdly, the cashgate case will end into sudden twists leading to political doom in 2019 as a lot is being done secretly on ground politically but ordinary Malawians just talk things on surface .

  12. So you thought by complicating MCP convention you would win. That’s why DPP will always be on your throat. No man can sympathise with you JB. You should come back and face the music munthu woipa iwe. You claimed that you are a God fearing president by patronising TB Josua’s church you jezebel.

  13. judah says:

    even if we implement world bank financial policies the key to unlock donor aid is come out who ate 577 thats all.tisanamizanepo apa.

  14. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    So there was no agreement with JZU and Chakwera? Woooow… Wina wa Blue wa Mathanyula alira kuti ntooo!!! Dzuka Malawi Dzukaaa!

  15. Wanakabaghe says:

    Mulekeni jb wathu

  16. Dellings says:

    Cash gate case should start from 2009 because it is where the big figure k557bil starts

  17. Dellings says:

    What Manondo is trying to explain has no sense please Manondo tell us how and who ,why was Mpwiyo killed?

  18. Achimidizimidzi says:

    Mr. Manondo please tell us how you planned the shooting of Mphwiyo and not what errands were you doing with Mphwiyo. That’s time wasting. PP and JB will handled in different case not this one.

    Continue from when you recruited Mr. Kumwembe:
    What were his duties and how much was he paid and by who? and tell us how the misunderstanding started.

  19. Mwale says:


  20. Denguzman. says:

    No case for JZU, CHAKWERA and JB coz no body send them to campaign for these pipo. Mbava zimenezi zinkafuna JB coz ankaziwa kuti akawina JB adzapitilizabe kutibera ndalama koma mbava yeniyeni ndi Mphwiyo, this man was stealing thru mentioning the name of JB.

  21. Pride Yaphama Mhango says:

    Thats How its affecting chakwera??..then chakwera is a free,holy man….

  22. Nasibeko says:

    Another silver platter for Judge Michael Mtambo to easily locate the interested parties for planning & attempting to eliminate cashgate masterminder Sir ooh sorry Mr Paul Mphwiyo

  23. Nasibeko says:

    Go, Pika, go. You lose nothing, just say as it was coz earlier on whether there was a game plan you are being scrutinised by professional people & just put the record straight & your conscious will be clear. Linier sentence, eat well in the prison with take away deliveries from cashgate beneficiaries, lift some weights while there, read some motivational books with a positive mindset you will finish your sentence thereafter move on with your life.

  24. MBUMBA says:





  25. concerned yuth says:

    chilichonse chochitika pansi pa thambo chizawululika..chinsalu chankachisi chitang’ambika pakati

  26. gumbo says:

    The truth comes out finally. Arrest JB.

  27. Blessed Banda says:

    What is the connection with the shooting case in this reporting Mr. Journalist? It looks like DPP desperate propaganda rather than the case of shooting. If this is what is being presented in the court, can predict that Kasambala and company will come out victorious (will win this case). This case is not as obvious as the Mwanza murder case which almost everybody thought it was so obvious that the government would win. However, by parading 108 witnesses who presented too many different testimonies, the information weakened government (prosecution team) position and the accused won the case. Waiting to see how all this information given by Manondo will be knitted together to strengthen the Prosecution Team argument.

  28. Gracious says:

    We expect to hear more anyway. Tough I am afraid to say there is political influence acting upon all these revelations.

  29. UKBASE says:

    A Tembo inu, kani support yonse ija kwa mayi Banda munali mukufiny’ila makwacha ochokela kwa mayiwo. Timkadabwa ife kuti fiti Tembo yasintha bwanji kumakapangano mtsokhano ya boma.

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