Mphwiyo pleads not guilty in K2.4bn cashgate case: One enter guilty plea, convicted

Former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo has pleaded not guilty to charges in the K2.4 billion money laundering case in which he is among the accused.

Mphwiyo and his wife leaves court after entering plea of not guilty

Mphwiyo and his wife leaves court after entering plea of not guilty.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate convict Namata hides his face as he goes back to prison

Cashgate convict Namata hides his face as he goes back to prison.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Mphwiyo, alongside other civil servants including former accountant general, David Kandoje, is answering several charges such as money laundering, theft by public servant and conspiring to defraud government funds amounting to about K2.4 billion.

Other suspects  Auzious Kazombo Mwale, Roosevelt Ndovie,  Clement Madzi, convict Maxwell Namata, IT expert of IFMIS Steve Likhunya Phiri and George Banda have also pleaded not guilty to the charges before presiding Judge Esmie Chombo at Lilongwe High Court.

Others who pleaded not quulty were Stafford Mpoola, Andrew Chilalika, Sympathy Chisale, Fatch Chungano, Limumba Karim, Stanley Mtambo, Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi, Gerald Maguleta Phiri and Ndaona Satema

According to Judge Chombo, the case is rare for it is involving suspects more than 10, has 19 suspects majority of them are contractors who were used to steal government money using their certificates.

Reading charges y to each suspect almost all but one suspect present in court today pleaded not guilty to their charges with only Stanley Mtambo who pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering the sum of MK 78,649,120.89 under Walusako General Dealers a film which belonged to his wife.

But Mtambo used it after conniving with cashgate convict Lenard Karonga to use his bank accounts one from National Bank and other one from Nedbank.

Mtambo has since been convicted at his own plea and his bail has been revoked waiting for his sentence as the state has asked for a delay of his sentence until  the case of his accomplices  reaches the same stage to sentence them together .

Three suspects  have  also reportedly accepted the facts on the charge sheet.

Andrews Chilalika, Fatchi Chungano and Sympathy Chisale have all admitted that the former director of tourism, Kalonga, approached them to use their businesses, they had no contracts with government and that government cheques were deposited into their bank accounts and the money was withdrawn.

However, according to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Mary Kachale, the three are not admitting that the money that was deposited into their bank accounts was stolen or was the proceeds of the crime.

The three will enter their plea in the next hearing.

The case has since been adjourned to 9th of January 2017 where among others the state is expected to parade its first witnesses and both the defencce and state has agreed that the case shall run for five days from 9th to 13th January before breaking for February.

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9 thoughts on “Mphwiyo pleads not guilty in K2.4bn cashgate case: One enter guilty plea, convicted”

  1. Madam truth says:

    The justice system in Malawi is really fucked up! While others are being framed for crimes they didn’t commit, others are pleading not guilty yet everyone know they fuckn defrauded government! Wat the fuck Is wrong with this shithole of a country???? Y can’t criminals pay for their actions? Y r innocent people behind bars??? God knows best, his time is also the best time…

  2. Afana Zedi says:

    Is Mphwiyo’s wife a Transgender? Her face looks like a man’s face

  3. Abeat Minthu says:

    It could have been better If Mpwiyo
    Was dead when they shot him. In this way Malawians could avoid seeing his his face. The man is not even good looking. He stole money and JB paid for his medical in South Africa with poor Malawians tax payers. Its unfair. Is there no snapers to shoot These idiots to finish cases for all. Tired of seeing them laughing at us the people robed

  4. becks says:

    Corruption is heavily dramatised in Malawi.

  5. Chilungamo says:

    You can delay justice but you can not run away! One day you thugs will rot in the prisons like late Kwacha Ghambi, Macholowe and others. You can be clever today but tomorrow you will all be fools. Idiots mungozichedwetsa mzanu Tereza Namathanga uyo watuluka!

  6. Great says:

    why till january……delaying tactics always zithera momwemo.

  7. wakwiya says:

    Look at Mpwiyo laughing at stupid judicial Malawi. These cases will never go anywhere. One does not have to go far to find evidence. Mpywiyo with his salary how could he build a mansion without a mortgage? They can value the cost of his house to build it cash. Impossible. Malawi and Malawians are rotten people who have no shame to steal to destroy the imagine of their nation. Look how it looks in Malawi? Are they happy? How can one call rich when u live in a country the whole world know you are the poorest? What pride one has? A nation is a pride for every citizen. Corruption is still going for full. Nothing has changed. Donors know that DDP is only chasing PP thieves not their own. Muntharikas stole more than any leader has stolen in Màlawi. Peter knows and he has no shame. He is bidding in his status Prof. He is a rotten Prof. Who came to steal poor Malawians for his children. If he was not a thief he could start with all those bosses at ESCOM who are doing nothing with electricity. Does he not understand the importance of electricity? He has been meeting carries investors none has come to invest in Malawi. Why? He has stupid people around him. The same people who destroyed his brother. He lived in America whole his life and come to Malawi old and not even speak his own language and he calls himself Alomwe. Those followers are there for their own benefits. Cos he falls they fall. They did during JB. Think if Malawian had kept JB or Chakwela who actually won had taken the nation where could those stupid thieves have been to day? Their businesses which are paid by poor Malawian tax payers could have gone. Ministers businesses are paid by tax money. No tax money those people are poor. Mpwiyo has many houses build with cash. The best thing could have been better he died so people don’t have to see him smiling and laughing at Malawians. His 5 girlfriends are still enjoying. One day all the thieves will be poor. Malawians needs a leader who is a real Christian with love for the nation and people like the one they have in TZ now. But that can happen only if Malawians stop chasing a leader on ground of tribe and region.

  8. Chalo says:

    Mphwiyo and comrades please spare us the nonsense. Everyone knows you stole our money so just confess now and proceed to Maula. You idiots devils incernate.

    1. kamps says:

      let them refuse now so that their sentence can be very very stiff, Mphwiyo is worse than lucifer

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