Mphwiyo name not in cashgate report

Former Malawi budget director Paul Mphwiyo  who was shot outside his home  at the time he was a whistle blower to the corruption “cashgate” scandal, a systematic looting of public money, has not been fingered in an external forensic audit the Malawi government released on Thursday.

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo and his wife Thandizo were last Saturday arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on charges of theft, money laundering and obstructing the course of justice.

His lawyers are convinced the arrest was the work of some “cashgate shenanigans” who have infiltrated ACB to discredit Mphwiyo who is the key witness in the heist.

Our sources in ACB have revealed, on condition of anonymity, that a cashgate related camp that was at the core of Mphwiyo’s shooting are the ones spinning the shots to ensure that Mphwiyo is branded as a masterminder of cashgate and not as the person who should be the hero for exposing cashgate.

To everybody’s surprise, the report into the 24 billion kwacha ($48 million) of missing funds, handed to the government on Sept. 25, has not mentioned Mphwiyo in anyway.

Malawians are beginning to wonder how and why the name that was central to cashgate has not featured in any way directly.

It is now believed that some compromised officers in ACB, under the influence of the mentioned cashgaters, are trying to connect the youthful Ivy League Graduate and technocrat to the infamous cashgate scandal in a bid to silence him.

According to Nyasa Times investigations, there are still frantic attempts to connect Mphwiyo and his family indirectly to cashgate against expert advice that it is almost impossible to connect the technocrat to the same.

The report shows that amounts were paid for goods and services that were allegedly never delivered. The document covers April 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2013, and details instances of inflated procurement prices and overpayments.

According to the report by London-based Baker Tilly Ltd., people including former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Raphael Kasambara, Oswald Lutepo and others who are also answering charges on conspirancy to murder and attempted to murder Mphwiyo were allegedly involved in some of the deals.  They deny any wrongdoing.

Earlier this month, Treza Namathanga Senzani became the first Cashgate suspect to be imprisoned by the Lilongwe High Court for three years.

Senzani pleaded guilty and has said she won’t appeal her sentence.

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35 thoughts on “Mphwiyo name not in cashgate report”

  1. Jando says:

    Baker tilley auditors were hired without public procurement process. Their hidden purpose was to cover up the role of jb and her cohorts like mphwiyo in the cashgate

  2. Chagweb says:

    let us not get fooled by the forensic report. The fact remains that money was stolen. Had a properly qualified Malawi firm carried out this job it would have easily linked the suspects. A lot of money was paid to this British firm only to leave the country still gasping for information. Presently the real culprits are yet to come out. Where would one have put all that money. Obviously some activity must have happened. By the way how much has been recovered by way of confiscation of bank accounts. Yet to see

    1. Kenkkk says:

      The money will end up in DPP pockets again.

  3. Homohabilis says:


  4. Malawians its time now for us to realise that these so called politicians they do regard we as puppets so they indeed eat from da same plate and they just want to blindfold us to say they are trying to end corruption,NO they are all perpetrators bastards and selfish people.malawians UNITED WE STAND AND DIVIDED WE FELL

  5. Livulezi river says:

    Sikusinja @ 8, you are very right. The mere fact that other peoples’ names are not appearing on the conmen list should not fool us. People may need to know how Sithole got all that money at once. Here 5 Ws will do its work, hence who gave what, when & where and why? Simple!!!! This Mphwiyo guy has got his part! Ngakhale Roy Kachale akuwuwa uja, ali ndi zakeso zikubwera!!!! Remember ESCOM fire gate siinayambike ikubwera. Inu mungoti pheeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. darkshorse says:

    Proud to be Malawian – shame to be from a country which rewards incompetency, fraud and corruption. Malawians, we need to grow some stones – We need to grow huge balls – Cashgate, its all nonsense, childish and lacks honesty – as long as the current political breed is allowed to lead, another 50 years of no economic growth is inevitable. We don’t need DPP, PP, MCP etc – all full of gross and failures. We need to tart anew. Let’s all rise up, and do a Ouagadougou, even a Houti. We are a laughing stock. The judiciary, executive and legislature are all full of corrupt and incompetent people. They eat from the same plate. I am ready to put my name forward – no fear – I am ready to die for the sake of the poor masses in Malawi. Are we going to continue like this? These politicians look down upon us as fools. Should we go on like this?

  7. Kalulu says:

    Cashgate killed PP and will continue to kill many if we do not kill it. DPP beware cashgate can kill you if you do not kill it. It has killed a lot of Malawians as they failed to access services like medicine and security. It also kills perpetrator how can someone with HIV survive in prison – they will die. So kill it before it kills DPP and many Malawians.

  8. Tiko says:

    The people mentioned were only legal outlets to so many others, it was systematic you know. So it is foolish to think that only those mentioned in the report are only cashgaters.

  9. Kalanga says:

    Tiwona zimenezi!

    Tipatseni salary ife!

  10. ibrahim makwati says:

    zikukhala ngati maina ena akumva kupweteka zikukhala ngati maina ena akuona chizungulire zikukhala ngati maina ena akubisala: komatu maina ena AKUBISIDWA ETI SHAAAAAA jast wait and see

  11. Mphale says:

    Maine misonkho yathu

  12. Kenkkk says:

    I totally agree with you Joyce chigona. Baker Tilly is not the full answer to who committed the thieving crimes, it is just an audit report, a bit of a guide. A lot of names who are central to cashgate are not there but there is ample evidence linking them to the thieving. That is where the ACB and courts come in.

    The fact that some prominent names are not there doesn’t mean they are not guilty or didn’t thieve.

  13. ambele says:

    The cases and those involved are now known but our ACB is concentrating on
    misdemeanors not criminals. Phoya he phoned Mphiyo, Mpinganjira he phoned Mphiyo
    yet no money was lost it was a case of committing felony , PEOPLE want the money lost to be returned not telephone calls or relations of Roy and Savala whoever

  14. Angel of Doom says:

    I will go off tanget a bit just to make dull people like the Nyasa Times informant at ACB understand. (What is a dull corruptible person like that doing at ACB?, if at all they exist)

    We all believe very strongly that JZU commited a lot of attrocities during his haydays. But has anyone been able to pin him down? Does that mean he did not do what we accuse him of?

    My point is, criminals all over the world, use expendable people to do their dirty work, they do not do it themselves directly.

    Are we Malawians so stupid as to imply that if a person hires another to kill, the hirer is innocent? would the hired person have killed that particular person without being told by the hirer?

    This is why, people who get hired to commit a crime get eliminated to cover up, and the cycle, if not controlled carries on and on and on until you arrest the original criminal, whose finger was never on the trigger.

    How many of the civil servants that were caught with their pants down knew the workings of the government Accounting System? The PS that has been imprisoned did not know the loopholes of the system, she had to be educated by someone who knew, and got a cut, as per Joyce Bandas “Opatsidwa”

    1. Angel of Doom says:

      This is not my comment you have changed it to suit your requirements.

      1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

        Angel of Doom: give it to them NyasaTimes alright! They change wording in the name of editing, but in actual fact they know they are policing the discussion! The end result being their version, which is different from the author’s. Ridiculous and unacceptable.

  15. christian says:

    Usiku ukada kwambiri kumakhara kuti kwatsara pang’ono kucha ,wina athawa

  16. Mnngulu says:

    Nyasatimes if you did investigative journalism you can unearth the real cash gaters who are walking free till today. The massive looting of the government has to be an inside job rather than outside. Start with thoose in authority and who were in authority for a government cheque to be prepared and signed there are systems and Mphwiyo was part of the system. For the government to be defrauded billions and the system not discovering and not raising an alarm it means it was sunctioned by the highest authority. If Sitole did not make a mistake of taking money to his house and maid taking some to Blantyre where she was apprehended, cashgate would still be a blame game. Get to the root nyasatimes. The public depend on you to unearth the mother and the movers. We have had enough of the shakers.

  17. Wa Nzeru Wa Kummawa says:

    If names mentioned in Baker Tilly report were those going to heaven, I bet every Mphwiyo and Joice Band would have fought hard to be included in it. Baker Tilly’s offices would have been flooded with even atheists demanding their inclusion in the report. But alas! These are names to be hanged.

  18. Prophet. says:

    Amalawi tisadye mfulumila,report ili latulusa maina a makampani/anthu okhao omwe adalandila ndalama zobedwazi.

    Chomwe tikudikila ife ndichoti timve ndalamazi zinatuluka bwanji,adaloleza izi ndani ndipo ngati boma amasainila ndani?

    Mothandizidwa ndi maina atulukawa boma(ACB) lifufuze anthu amenewo,awo akunena mobisalawo akanakhala achilungamo akananena maina awo ngatidi ali a ACB.

    Mkazi atakhala pamodzi ndi amuna khumi nkutenga pathupi,mkaziyo ndamene amaziwa kuti pathupipa koma ujeni ndiye adagwila ntchito.Awo mukuti akukakamiza ACB kumanga ena akuziwa kuti sadadye okha akubawa akuululana okha.
    Amati”linda madzi apite ndiye uziti ndadala.”

  19. Mlomwe Original says:

    yea! in the end everybody who stole our tax payers money will walk free and in the end govt will compensate them to add on what they already stole from us.the world is unfair!!!!!!!vanity! vanity! vanity! we are just chasing after the winds!!!oh! my foot

  20. bakili wakuba says:

    come on Even Triza Namathanga is not on the list yet she pleaded guilty

  21. Patriot says:

    Doctored/Professered Report.
    Mwayaluka DPP.
    Chuma cha mkulu uyu back date to DPP rule.
    We will lose a lot of money compensating these people bcoz of this fake professor who is arresting people anyhow.
    Dzulo lija timawerenga kuti chifukwa choti woti woti anali pa chibwenzi ndi wina basi nayenso. Ndiye mukamange makolo akensotu, pamodzi ndi ana onse kumudzi, komanso shoprite, kaya pipoz nanga si amagulako zinthu ndi ndalamazo.
    Useless Doctored/Professored Report.
    God has exposed U.

  22. Wanex banda says:

    The report is Useless

  23. sikusinja says:

    The Baker Tilly report is an audit report, not a criminal investigation report. It gives evidence of what it found in the system. If I send my child to go steal at the neighbours, the neighbours will say my child is the one who stole. Even the police report will state that the kid stole. What matters now is to find out, who told these people to open phony bank accounts, who did they share the money with, what did they do with the proceeds of the cash. You must be daft to think Oswald ate all that money himself or did not connive with people in govt.

  24. Simon Demba says:

    Please Malawians, let us not equate corruption to Cashgate!! Infact you have written thereabove that it is ‘systematic’. If one is found with money of which he/she is failing to account for, it can be K1 or K1trillion, something is wrong that person needs to investigated. Has this Mpwiyo accounted for the moneys being mentioned? He and his wife need to explain nd in fact the monies seem too huge for an ordinary Malawian of his status. He is not guilty but he simply needs to explain if he and his wife got their monies legitimately. Simply!!!

  25. Ambuje ku lilongwe says:

    Amalawi ena umbuli, mai tereza senzani mu report sakuonekamo koma anavomera kuti anabadi, so kusapezeka dzina mu report la baker sikuti ameneyo ali clean ai. Dikirani muwone akuluakulu akumangidwa. Izi anthuwa amkacita kukambilana mozama kuti abe ndalama zathu koma tokha tiwagwira ndithu.
    Bravo acb gwirani job yanu bwino wina asakuophyezeni ai.

  26. fayu says:

    The report appears bent hell to tarnish specific individuals. It is clear its based on hearsy. Shame Bake and Tilly

  27. Back Bencher says:

    Shud we say the report was a kind of a cover up?

  28. fayu says:

    So whats the use of this reoort if it can not be used in courts as exclusive evidence?

  29. peter says:

    IVY LEAGUE GRADUATE? Malawian reporters lets research. Yes it is dubious his name isn’t there. This could show he is innocent. Only time will tell. On the other hand the report looks immature. Its taking into account gossip like assuming girlfriends. Further, it was supposed to be compiled before elections and yet it takes the tone of after elections. I also believe it has surpassed many important players in the scandal. Only few will be implicated.

  30. joyce chigona says:

    Easy take it easy. Baker tilly is not the encyclopaedia for cashgate in Malawi. this is where we are getting it absolutely wrong. As a country we have mechanism to institute our own check list as long as its backed by Malawi police and legal system in Malawi? is Bophani mentioned in the report? NO. but he interfered with the investigation …so you guys avoid getting excited with these names given ..wait for the real big fish from a LOCAL BAKER TILLY but knowing Malawians …you would prefer another foreign company when LUka khondowe can do it for you…

    1. chechamba says:

      Lucas Komdowe bank cashed cashgate cheques and held cashgate proceeds in their safes but they are not mentioned in the report. Lucas Kondowe will shield his DPP paymasters

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