MCP official Soko jailed 7 years in Malawi cashgate case

Lilongwe Magistrate Court has sentenced Malawi Congress Party (MCP) former deputy director of youth Wyson Zinyemba Soko to seven years imprisonment for theft and money laundering for his involvement in the ongoing financial scandal dubbed “Cashgate” that saw millions of dollars looted from the impoverished country’s government.

Soko: Jialed  of 'cashgate' affair

Soko: Jialed of ‘cashgate’ affair

Senior resident magistrate Patrick Chirwa sentenced Soko to three and half years on the first count of theft and four years on the second count of money laundering.

Magistrate Chirwa said both counts will run consecutively.

Soko  was found guilty and convicted after was  paid K40.9 million ($90 000)  through his company Watipaso General Dealers from the Ministry of Tourism vote when the company had no contract with government, as testified by various government officials during trial.

“The accused participated actively in defrauding government,” noted Chirwa.

Chirwa also trashed Soko’s assertions during his testimony that a Godfrey Banda used his company and the money belonged to Banda because he gave “illogical and emotional” answers when cross-examined on the particulars of the Banda.

“I found the statements very strange and entirely unbelievable,” Chirwa said.

His lawyer Henry Kadzakumanja pleaded for non-custodial sentence.

But state prosecutor hired for cashgate cases, Kamudoni Nyasulu said non- sentence would be “shockingly inappropriate” and could cause Malawians to lose faith in their legal system.

He said the court need to “send a message to the public” through stiffer sentence.

“A suspended sentence would not reflect the seriousness of the offense looking at the amount of money involved. Only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate,”  Magistrate Chirwa said.

Soko becomes another statistic  to be convicted in many Cashgate cases currently before the courts.

Last year a secretary in Malawi’s tourism department Teresa Namathanga Senzani was sentenced to three years in jail.

Unlike Senzani who pleaded guilty and gave back the K63 million she stole, Soko did not show such remorse.

The prosecution led by Kamudoni Nyasulu is expected to make an application to recover the K40 million from Soko through other means

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57 thoughts on “MCP official Soko jailed 7 years in Malawi cashgate case”

  1. mphwanye says:

    Mcp chipani chakupha , chankhanza ………and chakuba.

  2. Chindazi says:

    Interesting…… Magistrate Chirwa….. Convict Soko…… State Prosecutor Nyasulu
    Banda used the account.kkkkkk

    We are still waiting for others.

  3. Decent Citizen. says:

    7 years is just a mockery of legal justice.All these cashgaters should come out of jails when all have grey hairs,teeth gone and using walking sticks.At least 50 yrs can do.The would be offenders will think twice before committing these crimes.7 Yrs is nothing these days.Zaka zikungowuluka ngati spirit.The money should also be recovered to build modern schools and hospitals.

  4. Tengupenya says:

    Is it a perpetual imprisonment , re since both sentences will run consecutively?

  5. Nkhoswe wandifwala says:

    Why are emphasizing on “MCP Official” when everybody knows that this guy beside being a mcp member he is a Business man. I only hope that all those who will be convicted you will also mention their part affliation.

  6. Chicken says:

    A CHAKWERA WOYE !!!!!!! MCP BOMA !

  7. waakulu says:

    mmmh..kuba mmodzi wa MCP mwanyoza chipani chonse..anthu oyipa..

  8. Ahoi says:

    Kwachaaaaa! Kwachaaaa! Kwachaaaaa! Amangwetu, wina kumati Kwachaaaaa! Kwachaaaa! Kwachaaaa! Dzuwa liri ng’oooo! Usavi (ufiti) chani?

  9. phodogoma says:

    MCP is now in trouble. Most of its members are being arrested in cashgate issues. Really these MCP guys stole a lot of public funds. Thats why they didnt accept a defeat in 20 may 2014 elections. Ine kudabwatu ngati Imraan, kuti Ochakwera umachokera mu chalichi, nanga ndala za kampeni odazitenga kuti. Kani idali cashgate. O MCP ogwana nayo. Muli kutha nonse psiti. Mitundu yakuba kwambiri m’Malawi muno idziwika basi.

  10. the northern speech says:

    He deserve it why can’t he just plead guilty to the charge simple

  11. Masharubu says:

    @ Imran Sadick : Palibe munthu amene amandinyasa ngati “Imraan Sadick” pa Nyasatimes pano . Bulutu weni weni . Kapolo wa achina Muluzi family . His comments are always dull and unintelligent .

  12. Uchindami says:

    Another statistic?

  13. Reasonable Man says:

    he looks like those people who act all pious and religious even while committing sin

  14. Reasonable Man says:

    even the head shows kuti bambowa ndi akuba

  15. jacks John justice junior says:

    Inu don’t wast ur tym Peter ndi nzake uja saulosi anyongedwenso

  16. mwiithotho says:

    Mwaonatu, kuba a KONGELES

  17. gibbo says:

    Abathwe amnewo njakuba ndithu! Ife chizivaya mashaza inu mukuyenda chokhala koma zoona? Ambuye akukhululukireni.

  18. Big brain says:

    Where are the signitories of the cheque Pls

  19. bigman says:

    SOKO has wasted courts time. He could simply pleaded guilty. In fact, Senzani was harshly treated than Soko.

    1. ujeni says:

      Which courts time, the judiciary was on strike. We all the Namathanga case had out of court behind the scene negotiations thats why they gave a pretty nonsense sentence.

  20. harrinya says:

    nanga ine mundimanga liti..?paja naba 92kwacha…

  21. Get them all in a cooler. Mbava zimenezi zichepeko.

  22. Detective says:

    Momwemo nayeso alawepo nyota or nyenyezi za dunia ya kundende amufuse mzake mdala wadazi uja wa maso akulu akulu ngati maglobu

  23. Zangazanga Develious Chinkhwiko says:

    What a lenient sentence for this uneducated stiff naked fool.

    I pray that he dies in the cooler.

  24. Alufeyo says:

    Pse leave us alone we enjoy stealing ndipo you cant arrest us. Stealing is in our DNA ife aku south. We even steal elections inu muli phwii. Hate us or love us we are busy enriching ourselves. Muli ndi mwayi maliseche sabeka tikanakuberani.

  25. Mr RedPhase power says:

    Arrest then all, why not the smallfish of cashgate,hounarble bwana prison chief.kudya ndalama zawana too much

  26. chakwanuleka says:

    Linda madzi spite ndiye uziti ndadala. German government kupereka 9 billion to investigate 92 billion will in the end tell us who are the number one enemies of our economy. The investigations can be delayed but will happen all the same.

    1. mavuto says:

      Kwachaaaaa!

    2. powder says:

      bambo munenazo ndizina or zikuipireni awa ndiye awamanga basi, kuba kumanama kuti ndiwo olemera dora ziri zakuba! palibe chanzeru apa

  27. ujeni says:

    sezani Namathanga got 3 years for stealing over K60m, this man gets 7 years for stealing K40m, selective justice is no justice at all

    1. jedi says:

      It’s not selective, justice works like this Mr Ujeni: you admit guilt and show remorse, you get lenient sentence. You remain defiant n court finds you guilty, stiff sentence. Namathanga pleaded guilty, Soko was defiant and never admitted wrong doing. and was very rude in court.

      1. ujeni says:

        These cashgate cases are all straight foward, Stealing took place. Whether you are found guilty or plead guilty it does not make much difference. 3 yrs and 7years difference in sentences is a mockery

  28. All this theft originated from the treasury. We want to know who actually authorized the payments from the government side and who signed the cheques. You are only dealing with the flowers and not the roots. We need a root cause analysis to all this. The links to the government are the likes of Leonard Kalonga, Namata, Senzani, Mr. Njanji, etc. Where are these guys? Check all the houses that have been built in areas 43, 47, 44, 49, 25, Mchinji road, Six miles, etc. Others are simply used as exit points of the stolen money. Soko knows all this. How did yhe Mphwiyos and Manondos acquire the property they have. There must be a source just like all the rivers we see flowing. They have sources.

  29. wanangwa says:

    I have no faith in justice system

  30. Inu tamangani Mphuyo,Manondo ndi Kasambara amabela limodzi, mwatani kodi?

  31. prophet says:

    yuthi osolola,akadye corner basi.mhsrip.

  32. kamfana says:

    Mphwiyo ndi Lutepo safunikanso judgement & prosecution ayii,akalowe awa ali kale pa mbalambanda.Mosakayika konse awa ndi MBAVA BASI.LA 40 LINAKWANA.APA MUKUNGOTICHEDWETSA IFE A MALAWI.MUNTHU ALI NDI UFULU INDE OTI AMVEDWE MBALI YAKE,KOMA IZIZI,IWONSO ENI AKE MUMTIMA AMADZIWA KUTI ANAPAKULA NDITHU.ASAVUTITSE MA JUDGE ANGOVOMERA MOOPA MULUNGU BASI.AWONANSO CHILUNGAMO CHAKE CHITI,POTI IWOWO ALIBE CHILUNGAMO.INE KUYAMBIRA LERO NDASIYA KUKHULUPILIRA MUNTHU CHIFUKWA CHA MAWONEKEDWE OR ALI BWANA.TIYENI TIPATSE ULEMU ANTHU OWOPA MULUNGA OASATI POTI NDI BWANA AYI.

  33. Billy Phiri mangochi says:

    Malawians,our nation is a od fearing country ,let us forive these cashgaters and consatrate on something alse .You can not cry fot the milk that has alredy splet

  34. maganizo wa maganizo says:

    IFE TIKUFUNA JESSIE APELEKE NDEMANGA.PAJA AMANGOBWEBWETA ZILI ZONSE.NGATI SAPELEKA NDEMANGA NDIYE KUTI IYENSO ANADYA NAWO NDALAMA ZA SOKO.KAYA ZAKO IZO KHOSWE

  35. Kodi enao akulimbalimba chifukwa chani?

  36. Mzomera wa mzomera says:

    Kaya and idont know malawi why?

  37. Peter Muthanyula says:

    And where is the case ok Leonard Kalonga? Mukufuna afe ndi edzi before jail time? Please fast-track these cases, anthuwa they should not be enjoying life out here when their theft led to so much misery in the country. Mphwiyo, Kalonga, Lutepo, akalowe basi as soon as possible

  38. Chipoya LJ. says:

    MCP Youth Director, kikikikiki!!! What a Youth Director? No wonder this party will never change, how can the old man oversee the youth activities? What’s sort of guidance si to be rendered by this old evil man.

    Next is to be another MCP guru who happens to be also a a Lilongwe parliamentarian name withheld. I believe people will forgive me if I can conclude to say that some of MCP’s Chakwera campaign materials and money was from these thieves. Remember also that JB and her PP was 100% funded by Cash gate money. This didn’t please GOD and no wonder, none of these two camps win the elections despite their ideology of post elections coalition.

    All in all, GOD Bless Malawi!!!!!!!!!

  39. where is the money says:

    But are they paying the money back to the government? what is four years if they will be out and enjoy the money thereafter?

  40. Kes munthali says:

    Malawi crocodile party

  41. GUCH says:

    IMRAAN I DONT NO HOW TO DESCRIBE YOU BUT UR MORE THAN STUPID OR FOOLISH,I DONT SEE ANY SIN THAT CHAKWERA COMMITTED HERE FOR U TO MENTION HIM ON THIS ISSUE,IT WILL TAKE TIME FOR MALAWI TO DEVELOP BECAUSE WE HAVE TO START CIVILISING FOOLS LIKE YOU BEFORE DOING IMPORTANT THINGS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS NATION,COUNT URSELF OUT OF REAL MEN OF MALAWI COZ UR JUST ANOTHER BIN OF SHIT

  42. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Why giving him more years than the Lomwe lady who started getting a lot of wealth during Bingu’s presidency ? All her houses are still intact , the sentence you gave her is only three years and also the charges which you gave her was one way of giving her less sentence , you know how to protect yourselves you DPP guys.

    There is MK92,000,000,000.00 which most of you DPP members will make you dance.

    When giving a sentence to this Lomwe lady there was no mention of investigating how she aquared all other accents and where she got the money which she paid back to the government yet she is still having accets wealth billions. Was the money being kept in suitcases in the house ? Which bank did she withdraw the money from ? More questions and more explanations Malawians need to know .The whole judgment is favouring whom you know and very fake , sorry poor Soko , these people thought that you are from the north.

    1. obi says:

      hello mr lomwe hater.did u know that the lady u mentioned did return almost the full amount? muzafa infa yowawa because of your tribalism.

  43. chatonda says:

    Is this what you call stiffer sentence? This is a joke. Please make sure they refund the money after they are sentenced. All we need is our money back apart from sentencing them.

  44. Ine kudabwatu kuti kodi Abusa Chakwera ndalama za Campaign anazitenga kuti,okayyyyyy inali Cashgate kani!!!
    Achikhala maiko ena anthu amenewa akanaphedwa,anthu ambiri afa mdzipatala chifukwa chosowa Adrenalin,that is why we keep on saying
    Cashgating is tantamount to murder

    1. Achisale Kumangoni says:

      Next is your Muluzi’s K1.7 billion. When wheels of justice close in on him timva kuti “ayi sakupeza bwino ma disc avuta”

    2. Kamtsitsi Chulu says:

      Yasala mbava yayikazi ya MCP yaku Mchinji ikumathawa misonkho ku Kamuzu international airport mkumavutisa ma officers a MRA Ndatukwana????

    3. patrick says:

      @Imraan sadick
      kodi iwe sadick vuto lako ndi chiyani ? You are always negative about other people other than the muluzis.Walimbana ndi mayi Joyce banda heee ,Pano wati iyayi koma tsopano ulimbane ndi ochakwela
      Komatu ngati ulibe kokayika mapwala ako bwanji osakapatsa chemwali ako ,akakutera ukaphempeko kwa Austin mul… bwa ? You just irritate me all the time that you write your damn rubbish on this forum. Just try to be positive for a change mwana wa hule iwe , kumaniina wanbva….WANDIKWIYITSA BWANJI

      1. powder says:

        just be positive for achange only, not reality? then what are we doing? let him not writes on this website if you got the powers. you feel you are perfect than others? its just bcoz you dont know that you dont know!

  45. Peremende says:

    Ngati ma sentence ake ali amenewa kuba sikutha ndithu.

  46. Nachika says:

    Its really sad. Why didn’t you just reveal the other names who took the remaining K36 Million after your ten percent.
    .

  47. Masoambeta says:

    How about Kasambara, Lutepo and Mphwoyo??
    The justice system is being very selective. All this happening right in front of our faces.

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