Mphwiyo, Limumba Karim and 16 others charged with cashgate offences

High Court in Lilongwe has formally charged former budget director in the ministry of finance Paul Mphwiyo and 17 others with charges related to the looting of government money worth MK2.446,817.49 from 1st April  2013 to 30th July 2013 known as cashgate scandal.

Mphwiyo arrives at the court

Mphwiyo arrives at the court

Legion of cashgate suspects

Legion of cashgate suspects

Mphwiyo surrounded by police officers at the court

Mphwiyo surrounded by police officers at the court

Other cashgate suspects

Other cashgate suspects

Mphwiyo, Limumba Karim and 16 others charged with cashgate offences

Mphwiyo, Limumba Karim and 16 others charged with cashgate offences

Mphwiyo, who was arrested by fiscal police on Saturday, appeared in court Wednesday with his accomplices where they were formally charged.

After reading their charges, Director of Public Prosecutions , Mary Kachale urged the court to adjourn the case “for at least two weeks” to give chance to accused persons to read the charge sheet before they take plea “well informed”.

Justice Esmie Chombo adjourned the case to 16 December 205 for plea.

Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, George Banda, Michela Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and Maxwell Namata are facing charges of fraud, negligence by public office, money laundering, theft by public servant, theft by servant and conspiracy to defraud government amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.

Heis being charged together with other 17 accused that include Limumba Karim, Auzius Kazombo Mwale , Stafford Mpoola,  Roosevelt Ndovi, Ndaona Satema and others.

Meanwhile, the court has given bail to other seven other suspects.

However, the state objected to Mphwiyo’s bail application and the High Court judge Esmie Chombo has set aside Thursday morning as the day it shall hear objection from the state why the court should not be given bail unlike his co-accused who have been given bail.

The former budget director’s shooting at the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013 is believed to have revealed the Cashgate affair.

Former president Joyce Banda ordered an audit which British forensic auditor, Baker Tilly, undertook between April and September 2013 and established that about K24 billion was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services never rendered.

In May this year, a financial analysis report by audit and business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 31 2014.

The charges and cashgate roll-call:

1st Accused

Paul Montfort Mphwiyo 43 Years old

2nd Accused

David Bill Kandoje  55 years old

3rd Accused

Auzius Kazombo Mwale  52 years old

4th Accused

Clemence Madzi 61 years old

5th Accused

Roosevelt Ndovi 50 years old

6th Accused

Maxwell Namata  35 years old

7th Accused

George Banda 57 years old

8th Accused

Michael Mphatso

9th Accused

Samuel Mzanda 49 years old

10th Accused

Stafford Mpoola  53 years old

11th Accused

Andrew Patrick Chilalika  54 years

12 Accused

Sympathy Chisale 47 years old

13th Accused

Fatch Chungano  35 years old

14th Accused

Limumba Karim 32 years old

15th Accused

Stanley Mtambo 37 years old

16th Accused

Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi 37 years old

17th Accused

Gerald Magaleta Phiri 51 years old

18th Accused

Ndaona Satema  32 years old

 

CHARGES 

Count: 1. Conspiracy to Defraud,  contrary to section 323 of penal code;

Paul Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi,Roosevelt Ndovi, Maxwell Namata, George Banda, Michael Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda

Count:2. Theft by Public servant, contrary to section 281 (1)

Paul Mphwiyo,David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi,Roosevelt Ndovi, Maxwell Namata, George Banda, Michael Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda

Count:3. Theft by servant, contrary to section 278 as read with section 286 (1) of penal code

Paul Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi, Roosevelt Ndovi, Maxwell Namata, George Banda, Michael Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda

Count 4. Negligence by Public Officer in Preserving Money or Property, contrary to section 284 (1)

David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi and Roosevelt Ndovi

Count 5. Procuring the Improper payment of  public money, contrary to section 88 (1)g (1) of the public finance management Act

David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi and Roosevelt Ndovi

Count 6. Abuse of Public Office,contrary to section 25B (1) of the corrupt practices Act

Paul Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi,Roosevelt Ndovi, Maxwell Namata, George Banda, Michael Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda

Count 7. Money Laundering – MK 2.446,817,450.49 , contrary to section 35 (1) (c) of the money laundering proceeds of serious crimes and Terrorist financing Act

Paul Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Madzi,Roosevelt Ndovi, Maxwell Namata, George Banda, Michael Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda

Count 8. Lending a Certificate for personalisation to Mphwiyo, Karonga and others , contrary to section 392 of the penal code

Stafford Mpoola, Andrew Chilalika, Sympathy Chisale, Fatch Chungano, Limumba Karim, Stanley Mtambo, Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi, Gerald Maguleta Phiri and Ndaona Satema

Count 9. Money Laundering – MK 1,630,161,910.85

Stafford Mpoola of Stadal Building contractors, Image,  Dan civil engineering

Count 10. Money laundering – MK 60,402,469.70

Andrew Chilalika – Standard Freight Services

Count 11. Money Laundering – MK 117,530,500.98

Sympathy Chisale – Mchemani civil contractors

Count 12. Money Laundering – MK 135,413,930.24

Fatch Chungano  – Makhausi construction

Count 13. Money Laundering – MK 132,417,906.67

Lumumba Karim – Pawooh Logistics

Count 14. Money Laundering – MK 78,649,120.89

Stanley Mtambo – Walusako General Dealers

Count 15. Money Laundering – MK 81,763,250.00

Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi – Protem civil contractors

Count 16. Money Laundering – MK 42,656,788.00

Gerald Magaleta Phiri – Sky blue construction

Count 17. Money Laundering – MK 167,791,603.20

Ndaona Satema – Kanengo building contractors

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Khanyi
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Malawi has always been a corrupted country. There is nothing new here. People writing those nasty comments are just jealous. You wish you had a chance. Rubbish!!! Just keep your dirty mouth shut because there is no need to be insulting these people. Get a life and concentrate on improving your own life

The Patriot
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Taziona nkhope za anthu amene amabvuta kuyenda ndi ti ma Benz mu taunimu! Chonsecho amatibera makobidi athu eti?
Azimai mukupelekeza amuna anu ku ma Court pitilizani kuchita bwino choncho komabe mumawalakwila azibambo watu! Osawafunsa bwanji kuti ” kodi bambo ndalama zomangila nyumba ku 43 mwazitenga kuti?” Mwaonatu lero ndalama amaba zaboma!!!

Felix mpex
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Mukuchedwa ndizimenezo muliakuba nokhanokha lnsteady 2develp my poor country. tatopanazo nkhani zakuba yikani yina!!

twaniche
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Eeeee lero mwamata milomo

alhomwe atilaula
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onse ndi akuba okha including Mutharikayo ndi gulu lake, anjatidwe basi tatopa ife amalawi kuberedwa tikuona!

mbava zopanda pake
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Ozido! I havent seen you for a long time. You havent changed!

Blessings khonje
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Let malamulo show them a a music we are tired the are eating mony without sweat saying mthalika mwakutimwakuti koma ndiwowo arest them please by December anse anjateni.

Àlex
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Let them face the music

zambezi
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Chigololo and kuba is our main pastime in Malawi. Let them go free. We are all thieves in Malawi. We steal from our mothers and sleep with our fathers. Viva Malawi. Love it or leave it.

Decent Citizen
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Well done the prosecution team and we need more years for these thieves.How could they misuse billions of taxpayers money like this?Joyce Banda must be shitting herself wherever she is.The immunity law in Malawi is not going to serve her arse.Nayenso akukalowa.These thieves have already destroyed this shameful impoverished nation of Malawi.its time Malawi cleaned this scum to change things for the benefit of Malawian.

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