Ntata report exonerates Mphwiyo in Malawi ‘cashgate’ affair: Gunshot survivor was to burst ‘mafia-style’ syndcate

Governance activist and anti-corruption campaigner, Z. Allan Ntata has released his ‘Looting to Kill’ report and exonerated  the finance ministry’s then budget director Paul Mphwiyo  in the “cashgate” corruption scandal, saying the gun-shot survivor was wrongly fingered in his Cashgate report ‘Licence to Loot’ in 2013 .

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

 Z. Allan Ntata: Released a report

Z. Allan Ntata: Released a report

Mphwiyo is facing charges of theft and money laundering K2.1 billion ($4.7 million).

But he is a victim of the shooting outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe when he was budget director in the Ministry of Finance.

Former justice minister Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and McDonald Kumwembe have a case to answer on the attempted assassination of Mphwiyo.

In his report launched Tuesday in Lilongwe, Ntata said Mphwiyo was indeed shot when he was about to burst a cashgate syndicate.

“Since the publication of my Cashgate report ‘Licence to Loot’ in 2013, several points have come to light that have compelled me to re-visit my earlier position regarding the role of budget director Paul Mphwiyo, and why an attempt was made on his life.

“First and foremost, a thorough forensic investigation and report was published by the UK based audit firm Baker Tilly. In contradiction to my sources that I relied upon in the preparation of Licence to Loot, the Baker Tilly report failed to establish the link between the infiltration and abuse of IFMIS to the office of country’s budget office or indeed that of the controlling officer, the Secretary to the Treasury,” Ntata said in his new report.

Ntata said the Ministry of Justice and State House sources were part of a well-orchestrated scheme by a “Mafioso type” organised crime syndicate with resources and a robust network to misinform him and other investigators, and sway public opinion from what exactly happened.

“It is now also quite apparent that Cashgate was in fact exposed by Paul Mphwiyo and other officials from our own Treasury and that this is the very reason why an attempt was made on his life,” stated Ntata.

Apparently, the arrest of accounts assistant Victor Sithole – currently serving nine years in jail with hard labour for his part in the K24 billion ($53.3 million) “cashgate” corruption scandal – in August 2013 kick-started what became known as the “cashgate” affair – the worst financial scandal in the country’s history.

It became public knowledge a month later following the shooting of Mphwiyo.

“ It is indeed implausible that a person who held a position for just over thirty days would be able to orchestrate public plunder by literally bulldozing the entire funding and payment process up to the time a cheque is signed by the account general and have it encashed hastily in commercial banks. Thus on this point, in light of the new evidence presented in this brief, my earlier assertions on the role of Paul Mphwiyo.

“Mphwiyo was an obstacle to those that had planned to loot the treasury rather than an accomplice. In fact, the Government should be asking Mphwiyo to help them investigating and prosecuting the Cashgate cases instead of prosecuting him. It seems to me that the reason the Malawi government have criminal cases against Mphwiyo are based on politics rather than law or fact,” Ntata stated.

He cited law professor Danwood Chirwa column published in the Nyasa Times, saying Malawi may have to face the reality that for a long time, the “government has been ran by criminals and has itself become a criminal enterprise.”

Ntata said in the report: “It is now clear that, having been busted and their continued looting foiled, a criminal syndicate stepped up the gear and decided to kill the obstacle. When that assassination attempt [on Mphwiyo] did not go as planned, the syndicate quickly moved to create a narrative that was swallowed line, hook and sinker by the public. The syndicate moved the first ace of confusion to ‘misinform’ not even the Malawi Law Enforcement but first the donors that fund our budget.”

Ntata said it is now “fortunate” that investigators have been able to see beyond the syndicate’s ploy and present the facts clearly.

“Cashgate was already exposed before September 13, 2013 by our own Treasury officials. Based on the information I have reviewed, history has been distorted through a sponsored public opinion campaign by a criminal enterprise against the people that should actually be the heroes for busting a crime syndicate and not the villains as we were meant to believe. The country probably owes such people an apology for having been framed in a carefully crafted fabrication and character branding that is not real,” Ntata said in his report.

He pointed out that Baker Tilly was commissioned to conduct further investigations that culminated into a forensic report including all transactions that had already been exposed by then.

“Cashgate did not, therefore, come to light following the Baker Tilly Report. Baker Tilly just provided the forensic audit trail of what had already been busted,” he noted.

The first person to be convicted in relation to the high-profile case was former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Tressa Namathanga Senzani, who was sentenced to three years in jail. Several others have since been jailed, including Maxwell Namata, Caroline Savala, Luke Kasamba and Wyson Dzinyemba Soko.

Western donor nations and agencies, which provide 40% of Malawi’s budget, froze vital aid in reaction to the scandal.

In his report, Ntata former legal adviser to president Peter Mutharika’s elder brother, Bingu wa Mutharika, who ruled the country from 2004 until his death in April 2012, said there is no doubt at all that Malawian Presidents since the dawn of democracy have been presiding over systematic corruption and looting, “aided and abated by the presidents themselves,” which has proliferated into all levels of government.

“Unless something drastic is done, it is certain that the Malawi Government’s financial management system will continue to be abused by dishonest politicians and businessmen until they completely bankrupt the already struggling country.

“The sad fact about corruption in Malawi is that looting of public funds has now been institutionalised and is getting more and more pervasive by day,” pointed out Ntata.

Ntata, who is a UK trained barrister, has turned to be a fierce critic of President Mutharika and the Head of State has since dragged him to court for defamation.

The activist said will decide on what action to take if he is served with lawsuit if it “merits any defence or not.”

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58 thoughts on “Ntata report exonerates Mphwiyo in Malawi ‘cashgate’ affair: Gunshot survivor was to burst ‘mafia-style’ syndcate”

  1. Lonjezo Mtukula says:

    ZOVUTA NDITHU!

  2. MBOLA says:

    Ntata needs to bè arested for contept of court. If you are a real lawyer why cant you just represent your so called Mphwiyo in his cases? Dò you think you alone can see what 16 million people have failed to see? Watch out, diginity and what used to be ethical professionalism in you is diluting. If you have not got any post in today’s administration, just wait and look up to God, otherwise do not rob the last penny of those that are already in trouble, after all you are very young, your time is yet to come, you will enjoy.

  3. musisipala says:

    Ntata is an educated savage and oppportunist. He swindled money by ill advising the late Bingu. He just wants to cause problems for the country.He is not a bonafide malawian(dual citizenship) kick him out

  4. ochewa says:

    Crying babies are taken out of a church. Ntata was outed after Bing death. Nowonder. But he might have exposed a deal as well let us dig more from his statements.

  5. BATUMEYO MATEMBA says:

    once make a small mistake we get arrested on the spot not waiting for the report like cashgate.

  6. phomuphomu says:

    Allan Ntata is a foolish bastard. What new thing are you bringing up here? Now I know you are good for nothing fool. Umakhala ndi mphwiyo iweyo? komanso under whose authority were you conducting your research? anakutuma kapena kukupempha ndani? Do you take us for granted?ndikuuze mphwanga ngati cholinga chako ukufuna kuti utchuke peza zina zochita osati uzitizunguza ife mitu chifukwa tsiku lina uzapeza polekera tikazatopa nawe ndi kumva za chamba zakozi. ukumuweluza mphwiyo iweyo? allan allan allan how many times have i called you? amalawi tikumva kuwawa heavy usamatiyambe dala. ngati ulibe zokamba khala chete ife tikudikilira a court.

  7. johntembo Kuffor says:

    Ntata is very stupid. He has nothing new to state, I believe he is eating Chamba and mandrake. I knew Mphwiyo in 2009 when I have been struggling in building my house in A43, until now. He was driving past my plot in the morning at 07.15hrs in a BMW. At 09.30hrs would come in a Prado. At 11.30hrs come in a Benz and at 14.30hrs in BMW X5. All these cars in a single day. I was wondering how blessed he was as a civil servant, which I was as well at that time also, to have had amassed all that and the showbiz at his house building. His workers were eating 3 chickens for memo daily and drinking spring chilled bottled water.
    So disturbed Ntata man, can you tell me he was not stealing at that time? What about the revelations that he was not paying duty on cars, was that not smart stealing as well. Very soon Allan Ntata will start suffering from MATENDA A DZUWA (MISALA).

  8. An empty versal makes a lot of noise educated fool! Sukulu imachotsa umbuli koma uchitsiru ayi!

  9. Complex says:

    Ntata shut up your mouth or stop your fingers from typing foolish material. I think you are becoming more stupid by every passing day. I used to respect you, but I am now convinced that you are just one of the stupid nonsense blubbers out there. Fool.

  10. Tili Chenene says:

    As I said last time tidzawombera mfiti manja ndithu! Uyu wasuta suta uko akudzapanga phokhoso kuno!

  11. Hoitty says:

    Apa nde mwapalatu. I’m sure you’ve lost a lot of sympathisers

  12. RUDY says:

    Ntata Z A Confused Man He Wantd 2b Hired By Peter 2b Hs Adviser Bt Peter Realised Dat He Z Not De Rait Person.Ntata Z Nw Skng 4 Unworth Popurality.

  13. Mtunda says:

    Apa a ntata ndiye mwabwerapo cabetu! phokoso lonse lija nkhani ndi imeneyi? asaaaaa!

  14. Madziakaphwa says:

    Koma abale, mtatayu akusuta chani? Inu mwati sapenga uyu???kuterekutu iyeyu amaona ngati zose amanena iye amalawi amavera, mphavu ya chambayo? Apa waluma kwa mphwiyo aveke ndikudefender!! Fodya wamkulu ntata, upenga ndithu. Naweso mphwiyo uveke “eko ndalama izi uzikamba zabwino zaine” paja ndizakuba!!! Nose dzitsiru

  15. drogba says:

    this moron called Ntata. I heard he works, does he even have time on his desk to work?? who is his boss?? he wastes his time daily, writing bull’s shit on nyasa, zaziii zenizeni. he has never impressed me. he looks anachenjera mopusa. bingu anankumba kuti kape ameneyi mpaka “presidential adviser”?? he thinks he’s the most intelligent lawyer that has ever been born in Malawi, zazii

  16. Alungwana says:

    Ntata has a point. Indeed all the democratic leaders and presidents in Malawi have become political gangs and terrorists of the common Malawians. Bakili, Bingu, Joyce and now Peter have all destroyed our economy through their organised theft. This is unfair to us and one we will STRIKE BACK WITH THE CITY HUNTER FOR 24 HOURS WITH THE ARROW.

  17. Malawi says:

    Kutokota konse kuja a Ntata basi ndi zimenezi, hahahahahahah! Komanso a Ntata kkkkkkkklkkkkkk, ndaseka mpaka kulira, this Ntata no wonder he was chased Ku Palace. Klkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk, Ntata rest your case and save the remaining dignity if there is any hehehehehehe!

  18. grey says:

    Mayi malawi tsoka amphawife

  19. wathu wathu says:

    Alan u are a frustrated man indeed

  20. kement says:

    I believe Mr Mtata has nothing to offer. The article has no facts, childish and entirely a cry of a child locked out of the coffers of Government. he has no legal mind that APM can tap from and that is the very reason APM has locked him out of state house. The gentleman has tried had to go back to state house to no avail.

  21. chepetsani says:

    Be a witness in court other than talking shit. You are a loser.

  22. I got angry at a white friend whn he said that blacks dont chnge in their reasoning despite high education. But as it is to day I angry with him. I have met very highly educated blacks what I see is what this man said. I. Malawi it is educated people who has stolen money. It is educated people who have ruled and are i. Government.my question has education given us something or destroy and stopped the nation to grow? A nation in order to grow it needs educated young people but Malawi young people are the ones rooting the nation. Kasambala, Mpywiyo, Namata, Manondo etc are young and educated. But useless educated young people. So who are going to put Malawi to better nation. 51 years has gone nothing is good for the nation and the people. Do we need another 50 years to wake up. Why other African countries are doing well. It is a shame to be punished because of theft. Malawi need fresh government with new clean people than UDF, DDP and PP. These they have one thing in common CASHGATE.

  23. guta says:

    Z Allan Ntata … achinyamata

  24. Ntata adviser to Bingu how can he be trusted. He is also a corrupted idiot. Mpywiyo is not a covict. Ask his girlfriends. How they got spacio cars. 5 young women where living on stolen money. Mpywiyo reported because he was freighten and he knew he was involved he wanted to clear himself so it looks like h is not one of them. The reason they shoot him he refused to share the money. The 30 million meant for JB for campaign. This money was going to be paid to JB,s son and sister,s account. But Mpywiyo wanted a share and did not want to give some to his ciminal friends. Please Malawi be better in investgation. Where can a man like him get such richness with his salary. Listen o Kasambala why he wants JB and her sister be witness. Also how can account general sign a cheque without investagating. Those cheques were huge sums of money and were for small people. Banks in Malawi have no good control on cheques or money deposited. This kind of mafia game is still going on. The same people ar still working and the same government. DDP is not clean. It only it was known when Mpywiro was shot. If he was not shot it could not have been known. People who stole the money are now using the money in another way. They are taki g loans and pay back with cashgatwe money. The whole society is a rotten fucking. People who believe to get rich is to steal. I CAN NOT TRUST A MALAWIAN. NEVER.

  25. Joyce Hildah Banda says:

    I have evidence that Ntata was part of MK 557 billion stealing. He is afraid to return home like myself because we are the ones championed the cashgate. I will return to Malawi next month. I am asking my brother Allan also to return and face the Law.

  26. John says:

    I hate Bakili Muluzi because he started it all. The guy was a sugar baron, 1.7 billion kwacha theft and then we had Mpasu fieldyork scandal.

    Kamuzu ananena kuchenjeza aMalawi kuti tichenjere Muluzi ndi wakuba. Ife timvekere wakuba yemweyo!

    Pano mukulila chani agalu inu!

  27. cypress says:

    Rubbish.a fool.a blabbering nincompoop.attention seeking parasite.completely irrelevant.

  28. Alfred Minjo says:

    A Ntata, bwanji mukhale chete tsopano. Timve ziti, ichi mwakamba ai koma ichi (a lot of information with very inconsistences). This just proves us that you are frustrated man indeed. JUST ZIP YOUR MOUTH and KEEP QUITE dude!

  29. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Nkhani za anthu a mtawun izi. Ma village mongers ife tilibe nazo ntchito. Ziphanani, kukwiya kamba koti sadakugaire? Dpp imapha samala ntata!

  30. nyg says:

    Ntata, Wat r u trying 2 achieve? r u malawi’s chief journalist? it cmz u r in a hurry.see ur reports contradict each other & u r using other ppo’s info 2 make ur report. this downplays ur relevance.

  31. kangachepe says:

    Lol! My Malawi! Dziko lotsogoleredwa ndi MBAVA komanso anthu odzikonda,silingatukuke

  32. Gas Machine Head says:

    Now I have all the reasons to believe this so called Ntata chap is deluded. I for one know Paul Mphwiyo well and his rsing up the ranks in the civil service and his syndicates with Nigerian businessmamen in Malawi. His unexpaliend riches, beyong that of his bosses within a short space of time are all rotted to cashgate that goes back beyond the Joyce Banda era. Ntata was by then in Autsralia and has no knowledge of the mafioso type of syndicates that Mphwio was involved in. Mphwiyo was just too clover to rope himself in and fool Joyce Banda. Ralph Kasambara knows that.
    I would rather go eat boiled chicken at Africana Bar at the City Centre than listen to this bogus researcher.

    By the way, who published his book: The Trappings of Power?” Isn’t it Authorhouse? and who are Authorhouse Publishers? They are an American vanity publishing company where anyone even an idiot can publish a book, you just pay them a bit of US dollars and your book is out. It is more like those American diploma mills that are handing out bogus PhDs. In real academic publishing, you don’t pay out any money, they publish based on the substance contained in your book.

    Ntata, you have lost the plot here. At least on the Mphwiyo issue. But m not suprised, you are deluded.

  33. Alex Likoswe says:

    So trying to help a friend Mphwiyo

  34. myao says:

    Paja assignment is to implicate JB further,not long from now we will APM and MTT monga khosi ndi necklace.

  35. Bratusha says:

    Difficult to take Mphwiyo out of the equation. Even the lay person eye and mind would not fail to see the direct involvement of Mphwiyo in cashgate. He was the starting point of the ‘chain of reactions’ to steal government money. In fact Mphwiyo was solely appointed to prepare dubious budgets for the PP government. Even his lavish life style was so evident that he had strange sources of income. You may wish to learn that Mphwiyo was personally benefitting after perforing his assigned tasks. What are you up to? I thought you love Malawi. You may be a frustrated someone as others have, in numerous occasions, branded you.

  36. Allan mwayambanso kulankhulatu zopusa apa timve ziti.

  37. Ethurama says:

    Mphwiyo indeed was trying to block,foil & unveil syndicate big mongers hence the plot to eliminate him BUT he too tempered with this loose citizenary pocket coz his lifestyle could tell ie.he could buy cars / houses like tomatoes period.

  38. Commissioner of Truths says:

    This mouse Ntata is a nuisance. I don’t know how much he has been paid by Paul to write this garbage.

  39. Peter says:

    Ntata always surprises me a Anti Corruption campaigner my foot ?????why did he not resign when late bingu was in power…..he was outside government becoz bingu died and also to school Ntata confused mind Paul Mphwiyo was working in treasury before being budget Director he is a master minder of cashgate …to cut the story short Ntata is so broke and is getting funds from former President JB and Paul Mphwiyo(in image cleaning) to support his survival on this earth after failing to get the same from pres P .Mutharika……Ntata is a serious crook part of gang to rip off Malawians ..God loves Malawi

  40. mjiba says:

    A Ntata paja anakumanani udindo wa Director ACB palibe chanzeru mukunenea apa fotseki

  41. kamasozo says:

    A ntata apa nde mwanama. Mwaonetsadi kuti mukungolongolola zinthuzi simukuzidziwa. Kafufuzeninso bwino.

  42. emmanuel mpenda says:

    zaziiiiiii

  43. Professor Kamangadazi Chambalo says:

    Just academic writing

  44. Zuze Chilombo Chammudzi says:

    Paul Mphwiyo, mwamugawira ma million angati Allan? Malawi is a mafia state. God please rescue Malawi.

  45. mwanalume says:

    alibe chochita munthuyu.

  46. Joseph Moyo says:

    amalawi ndiopusa munthu kungotokota nzeru zake basi kukhulupilira.Allan Ntata angachite prove zomwe wanenaz?sizonsezanzeru zimakhala zoona.wakuuza yekha kut zake zidasempha ndi za baker tilly ndye zongolankhula ndizoti zingachitidwe prove musankha izo.ndipo ntata ndi loya wanji womangotokota?ine ndawonapo ma loya koma sndidaone loya wa ma falacies ngat uyu.utapezeka mmunda wot wabedwa chinangwa loya uyu umangidwa kut ndi wakubandithu yet kupezeka mmundawobedwa si100percent kut umabamo.eeeesh Ntata give me break.ungowasokoneza anthu ndi ma falacies ndye nkumakuona ngat genius.ng’oma yolira kwambiri sichedwa ku phulika.kalipo kalipo.kuli mwakhwawa .kaphale madolo omwe adatchukira professional excellence nkhan umapelekaz siza law bola kadakhala ken nsonda ndikadamvesa koma the whole lawyer kumaononga reputation yako za zii y dont you shut up?

  47. benjones says:

    mphiwyo is a thief why are you covering him so this answers that you are also one of the cashgaters?

  48. Jkm says:

    In my humble opinion Ntata is destroying himself. He went out to look for facts about cashgate but,according to him now,he was fed lies that he took as gospel truth as shared with the whole world implicating “innocent”people.

    Cashgate was/is a very complex that needs thorough investigation by someone with authority to interview/interrogate any person who would be deemed relevant. This guy is on the peripheral of power but comes across as an all knowing individual.

    Phuma silabwino Mr. Ntata. You could as well have waited for all the cashgate dust to settle and come up with an informed book for us and future generations.

    Mind your credibility Allan. Keep doing what you do though but maybe with some civility.

  49. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    Seems mtata wadya mabanzi a mphwiyo

  50. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Mphwiyo’s tactics to get off the hook by conniving with the eccentric Ntata. This is a paid up job that will not count in the court of law.What a waste of stolen money.

  51. Thom Paul Duncan Nkalodzwa says:

    Barrister Z Allan Ntata, LL.B(Hons), LL.M Ana amuna, ogona kuchitseko osatseka. What about Dr. Ben Phiri? I think he is also corrupt? Honestly inenso ndidzingowonongapo zimene zandiyandikira basi. Akufuna azilemera okha and sindingalore zopusa zawozo one. Ena mudIdya bwino ofe tuvutika. Shupiti zanu. Inu zidyani zambirizo Ife tidzidya zochepazooooo

  52. Truck says:

    VUTO LOFUNA KULEMRA MWAKUBA IFE AMALAWI TILINAWO.MMALO MOGANIZA MAPLAN ABWINO WOTUKULIRA DZIKO NTCHITO KUBA NDALAMA ZA BOMA ONANI MOZAMBIQUE ZOTI DZIKO LINALI PA NKHONDO NGATI ZABODZA AKUTIPOSA IFE A MALAWI TIYENI TISINTHE TIYAMBE KUDZIMVERA CHISONI TYAMBE KUTUKULA DZIKO LATHU

  53. Inu says:

    Ntata, here I think you have lost the plot. Why dont you wait for the ACB to do their job? Why try so hard to be relevant? Whl are you working with seems to be an interesting question?

  54. Kalithera says:

    Kusowa chochita ,iwe umafufuzira ili kuti , ngati ulibe chochita ,zikathilira mbewu kudimmba , ZOBA Ntata

  55. Ine says:

    Mutisokonezatu inu. Timve ziti?

  56. john says:

    Budget Director,ST,RBM Governor and Accountant General are the core and am surprised we still keep RBM Governor and his deputies.You cannot withdrawal 400 million without these guys knowing

  57. mphwache wa bingu says:

    This clearly shows that Ntata’s claims should not be taken seriously. He is a frustrated ma

  58. Anti tCl says:

    Mphwiyo is culprit. Can you explain his riches against his employment? Fotseki. K92bn zilipati nanga? Akutuma APM iwe.

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