Mphwiyo fails to take plea: Likhunya added on the roll call of cashgate suspects

Former budget director in the ministry of finance and gun-shot survivor Paul Montfort Mphwiyo and his 17 other suspects in the K2.4 billion cashgate case have failed to take plea on Thursday at Lilongwe  High Court as prosecutors added another suspect in the case.

Mphwiyo and his wife after court.-photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Mphwiyo and his wife after court.-photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Lawyers coming out of court P-hoto by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Lawyers coming out of court P-hoto by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Mphwiyo was expected to take plea to four charges that was levelled against him by the state in the court last month together with 17 others who include former Accountant General David Kandoje,  treasury employee Roosevelt Ndovie, Contractor Stafford  Mpoola, Limumba Karim and others.

But soon after the start of the court session Thursday morning, Director of Public Prosecutions  (DPP) Mary Kachale who is being assisted Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB ) deputy director general Reyneck Matemba informed the court that with powers that was vested into them in the constitution which allows them to add any posible suspect they have added up Steve Likhunya Phiri on the charge sheet.

Kachale told the court that the suspect is currently remanded at Maula Prison as he was arrested fortnight .

He will be represented by lawyer Shadreck Mhango in the case.

Kachale told the court that Likhunya Phiri has been added on the accused list because of his role that led to the looting of K2,444,817,450.49 by the other 18 accused suspects.

The DPP said Likhunya is an IT (information technology ) expert and is suspected to have been the one tampering with software IFMIS.
“Likhunya Phiri’s role is like an umbrella, this is so because there are other things that could not happen if not he did not take part or offer his expertise in IT and tamper with IFMIS for the suspects to loot,” Kaphale told the court.

Kachale told the court that the Likhunya Phiri will answer four charges the same like first accused person Mphwiyo which are 
1. Money Laundering 
2. Conspiracy to defraud 
3. Theft by Public servant 
4. Theft by servant 
Lawyer rShadreck Mhango told the court that he needed time to talk to his client who by then was at Maula Prison but on his way coming and asked for court to adjourn for some minutes.
After an hour of beak when the court reconvened Mhango told the court that his client has no problem to be charged together with other suspects but he said he was not ready to take plea as he is yet to be served with all necessary documents from the state.

Mphwiyo objections
Kachale also told the court that Mphwiyo who is being represented by lawyer Titus Mvalo and others served her with objections Wednesday afternoon and that leading counsel of all other 14 lawyers representing all suspects Meyer Chisanga also indicated that there are other preliminary objections before they take plea.

The DPP sked the court to issue directive whether to start with Mphwiyo objections and then continue with plea or wait for all legal counsel to file their objections and deal with them together.

Chisanga then asked the court to allow all legal counsel to raise their objections first before their clients take plea to avoid prejudice in the event that their client pleads not guilty today and later on plead guilty or vice versa.

Judge Esmie Chombo ruled that all disclosure and objections without prejudices be dealt with between now to the end of January, 2016 and that the court shall sit for plea on Wednesday 24 February, 2016 and if all objections shall be dealt with that day in time the state must be ready with its witnesses as they can be ready to start testifying on the very same day 

Earlier, Kachale told the court that the 6th accused person in the case Maxwell Namata who was not in court during the earlier court appearance is in court and is being represented by lawyer Davie Lameck .

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27 thoughts on “Mphwiyo fails to take plea: Likhunya added on the roll call of cashgate suspects”

  1. Sheriff says:

    Wishing Watson Kaunde all the best in American. 2016 more money

  2. Yambani Mulemba says:

    Very true international mercantile ndi chuma cha mphwiyo ndi cashgate. Just like santa plaza ndi ya Mpoola cashgate imene ija

  3. Sheriff says:

    Kachuma, Watson Kaunde is an Icon in the business, he is a business Magnet, tycoon, Guru. You know nothing about Mercantile International.

  4. Arthur Dux says:

    milandu ya anthu achuma iyi,, ndi m’mene imathera

  5. Kachuma says:

    A chombo ndiye mwayenjezatu kumuyika ku mbuyo mphwiyo. Kodi mpaka 2016 athenso nkhani ya straight iyi? Tatopa nanu mayi

  6. Kachuma says:

    Kodi DPP bwanji watson kaunde wa international mercantile simukumumanga? Ndi chuma cha mphwiyotu chimene chija kaya

  7. Wodabwa says:

    Whats all this mrs chombo? Up to february then may then october then 2018? U are not serious. We have interest in mphwiyo cases. Can SDR give this case to Dr kachale please. He is one of the best judges likes of kapindu, mtambo, kapanda, ivy kamanga, nyakaunda dorothy and mwangulu. Chombo is lazy judge

  8. chechipapwiche says:

    The IT guy should be charged with IT related issues and not what you have listed above.

  9. Chindaxi says:

    Alowe Mphwiyo….. tisakaze kayundu wa mkazi wake….. moti tayamba kale kudya chifukwa mkazi waziwa kuti akukalowa Mphwiyo basi

  10. KenyanMalawi says:

    Please give these cases to Kamudoni Nyasulu otherwise this lady will lose these cases

  11. John says:

    Bola Chilungamo Chioneke

  12. elias odala says:

    ammange ameneyu my Mum lost her life in 2013 due to lck of hospital equpment ndalama ataziba afisi amenewa, pemphero ndi pembezo langa ndiloti Ambuye mulowererepo mpaka anthu oipawa atalandira chilango molingana ndi zomwe anapanga

  13. mbanga says:

    shoot these thieves. why wait? they will play a game until the end. They have had their fun buying beers and travelling all over. It’s now time to be shot. I urge those in prison to deal with these heartless thieves.

  14. Wodabwa says:

    A chombo mukutiwonjeza a malawi ndi phada wanuyi. Nenani ngati simuli wokonzeka kugwiqa ku khoti. Why up to february for plea? Takhalani ngati a mtambo hard worker. Tikudabwanitu

  15. Joji says:

    A chombo kodi case imeneyi itenga 5 years? mwatani kodi? Tagwirani ntchito anthu akudziweni nanu kaya. Paja mumangokhalirapo ma cases eti?

  16. Gagama says:

    Judge chombo ndikudabwa naye amakonda kuyika patali nkhani za mphwiyo. She appears to be a very lazy judge. Mwina is an interested party and wants to give mphwiyo space?

  17. safusa says:

    how long is this case going on for?

  18. psatapsata says:

    amphwiyo musamachite chibwana ndi nkhani ya cash gate mungalowe ngat alutepo muzisamalanazo zimenezo

  19. ramsay snow is a nice guy when you get to know him says:

    1) this kachale chick is a bit useless.

    2) akamangidwa mfanayu, chimkazi chakecho go-one ndi ine.

    3) ndamva kuti kunjaku kukupezeka ma tractor a hayala. akupezeka kuti? ine ndiye ndilimila trakitala chaka chino apo bii, sindidzalipilanso msonkho.

    4) tractor, prado, u speaker, zonse wekha? muzikhalako a chikondi ngati magufuli anthuni inu.

  20. Dyetsani Njomba says:

    Cashgate is mana from heaven for lawyers. They are all smiling all the to the bank while taxpayers are gnashing there teeth. This is what forces some countries to shoot those who loot the government coffers to avoid cashgaters using the same money to pay crooked lawyers and magistrates who will let them get away with a nice handshake.

  21. Tiyeni nawoni akalowe basi kuliso bwino kungowanyonga asatire anthu amend anafa mzipatala chifukwa chosowa mankhwara kamba koti iwowa anawononga ndalama za nkhaninkhani panyopawo amenewa

  22. mapwevupwevu says:

    I thought its Justin Likhunya!

    Mxii

  23. PATRIOTIC MALAWI 4X4AN says:

    :Let justice prevail. He is not the only one. There are accomplices in this case. Steve Phiri is a graduate from Chancellor College in Computer Science.

    During the cashgate , he worked for Accountant General. Fellow employees got surprised that

    1.he bought furniture at once worth MK4.5 million

    2.. He even wen further to buy kitchen unit at worth MK2 million.

    3. Within a short space of time, he bought 3 houses , One in Area 49 2 in Area 43

    4. He had bought a lodge in Chileka, Blantyre

    5. Toyota Runx

    6. Toyota Fortuner

    7. 4 X 4 Toyota Cabin Hilux

    8. Mecerdenz Benz bought from Mr. max Namata

    The question is how can a civil servant acquire all these within a short space of time?

  24. The Analyst says:

    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    Now you people are slowly becoming useless and irritating!
    . . . Why did you not sort out this mess before going to the court? Don’t you know that you are wasting everybody’s and your own invaluable time and other resources like fuel and money going to and from the court and doing a lot of nothing about this and that in palaver of court procedures?
    . . . These people stole billions of monies, and all you can do is play dice and dine and wine with them in the name of procedures and adjournments? Nzokwiyitsatu ndipo nzopepela zikuchitika apazi! You know that?
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    . . . And why didn’t the Judge make it sooner than the mentioned end January 2016 for the unnecessary objections?; and why up to 24th February 2016, for the court to reconvene?
    . . . What are you trying to achieve by giving these people this ample time? You want justice to be seen to be done on them?
    . . . But was it just of Mphwiyo and his friends in crime to siphone billions of poor people’s monies without even an aorta of mercy or conscience? Why then do we need to be just to such unjust men?
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    You should know that in trying to be just to unjust men like Mphwiyo, you are being unjust to the just, i.e. the rest of us! And this is doing nobody, any good! A a!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  25. mtumbuka1 says:

    This doesn’t look like a high court to me. Get rid of all these colonial buildings for goodness sake!

  26. Nyamakumutu says:

    All these people will suffer because of being used by some people who are walking outside the courts and person scortfree. That’s very sad. Then with all these people bitter with this Mpwiyo man is he able to point out who could be his attempted killers.

  27. william says:

    Mphwiyo and Chuka malawis 2 most hated poeple in malawi. Chuka cause he let this happen under his nose, is it possible he did not know, if so then he is not fit to be a governor and should resign immediately, as the public purse was being looted and he did not have a clue what to do. tatopa ndi anthu za cashgate as they enemies of mother malawi

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