Mphwiyo case committed to High Court: Malawi cashgate

Lilongwe’s Chief Resident Magistrate Paul Chiotcha has committed the case of former budget director Paul Mphwiyo to the High Court.

Mphwiyo: Charged with money laundering

Mphwiyo: Charged with money laundering

Mphwiyo, who was arrested alongside his spouse by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Saturday, has been charged with theft and money laundering amounting to K2.1 billion.

The Magistrate told the court  on Wednesday that his office has been served with a Certificate from Director of Public Prosecution that Mphwiyo case be committed to the High Court and should not make any judgment.

Magistrate Chiotcha made the announcement during the hearing of whether Paul Mphwiyo is granted bail or extend his police custody period pending ongoing investigations pertaining to his case as proposed by the state.

Before committing the matter to the High Court, Mphwiyo’s lawyer Shadreck Mhango argued against the decision, saying the former budget director has an appointment in South Africa at Milpark Hospital.

But State prosecutor  Pilirani Bangula, responded: “My lordship, the defence [counsel] is a lawyer and not medical personnel. He [the lawyer] is also saying his client needs to see a doctor, but he has not provided us with documents supporting the claims.”

Meanwhile, Mphwiyo lawyers are to make their submissions to High Court seeking bail.

His wife Thandie was granted bail on Tuesday after she was charged with theft and money laundering.

The court heard that in September 2013  she used a fictitious trust called Good Deeds Trust to buy a house title number Alimaude 12/263 from Geoffrey James Kayanula at K50 million knowingly or having reason to believe that the said price or money were proceeds of a crime.

She is also alleged to have forged a stamp used by government for revenue purposes to stamp the documents of the said Good Deeds Trust.

Bangula confirmed that the said trust was fictitious and operated illegally.

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Phili
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Hop all money will be recovered soon lets jst wait acb 2 clean them all.

Dodolido
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K4.2 billion man.

Mungulu
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ACP and DPP have come to rule the roost? Be fast if you mean it. These people are a dangerous lot in fact. Infected by ruling DPP used by PP. Be careful by being decisive and focussed, you will get them all! Remember Shaka Zulu’s slogan “Never leave an energy behind you!”.

MIKE NDAU
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WHY DO YOU ARREST PEOPLE BEFORE COMPLETING YOUR INVESTIGATION????

Yankees
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We common people can alwaz dance to any chune any ruling Government can sing, siomwewa aja timati afela chilungamo padzana paja awa, lero zawatembenukilanso!? Milandu adaisiya maSten musaisiye iyinso muimalize,. Dziwani ichi ndalama za boma zikupita pozenga Milanduyi, while serving Goverment moneys make sure dont spare anybody in this saga. Nawenso moya osamasolora paja zimadziwika mukatisiyatu.

Kalulu
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What we are learning is that citizens in Malawi are leading a lawlessness life – for few civil servants in government they have been exposed but there are a lot of them in districts who are have been plundering resources but would never be caught since the system is very weak to do that. It is time for us Malawians to rise up and ensure that this should never happen again. Citizens, Civil Society and MPs could work to enact bills that would ensure that this should never happen again. The government can learn from Luanda and see how are… Read more »
Konyani
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Yes alangidwe amenewa anaba misokho yathu mbava zachabechabe.

Nalikongwiro
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Should he be granted bail, I will re-arrest him and dump him into Shire river- Chikwawa basin, for crocodiles to grant him bail instead

Hard Rock
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Kugwilako agwiriso ndioba K92 billion aja chifukwa cash gate idayamba pa kanthawi.Chilungamo chikhalepo apa.

PITALA MUNTHALIKA SAYS
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MUKAMALIZA KUMANGA APIDA MONSE MUBWELE KWA AMAYI JB KODI AMENEWA ALI MBALI ITI?

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