Savala sentencing stalls: Madambo reveals Dzanjalimodzi cashgate thread

Despite a  punishment hearing and mitigation in September last year, the sentencing of cashgate convict Caroline Savala, who was found guilty of siphoning K84 million, has delayed as Judge Fiona Mwale is not giving her determination.

Savala and Dzanjalimodzi

Savala and Dzanjalimodzi

The High Court in Lilongwe convicted Savala on July 18 2015 for theft and money laundering of K84.9 million as she accused of getting payment from the Ministry of Tourism through her company Carmu Civil Engineering although the company did not provide any services to the government.

State Prosecutor Kamudoni Nyasulu submitted to court that Savala was aware that she was stealing public money by lending her company certificate to another cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga, former deputy director of tourism.

Savala requested court to be lenient to her guilty plea on grounds that she was not aware that Kalonga would use it to steal government money.

In her testimony, Savala denied to have taken part in the cashgate but admitted that she found herself in the affair because Kalonga had used her.

She claimed that she was hoodwinked into the scandal by a childhood friend cashgate suspect Florence Chatuwa and Kalonga.

But Nyasulu brought objective material evidence in form of documents to prove that it could not have been just Kalonga using her since her own certificate was used yet she had responsibility under that certificate.

‘God –loving’ cashgater

Savala’s court appearances have never been short of drama; she wept so uncontrollably during one court session that Judge Mwale had to call off proceedings.

She described herself as God-loving, good-mannered young lady who could not have willingly “looted” and “plundered” national wealth had she known the treachery and scale of the plot she was participating in.

Savala told the court that Kalonga collected 90 percent of the funds once cashed from her Carm Civil Engineering Limited accounts, while she shared the 10 percent with Chatuwa who was the go-between of the two.

Judge Mwale did not indicate when the sentencing would take place.

Scared with ‘K91mil’

Meanwhile, in the  case involving contractor Godfrey Dzanjalimodzi  K337 million (about $610 000) Cashgate at  Lilongwe High Court  prosecution witness testified how horrified he was when he noted a strange deposit of K91 million  into the WG Construction Limited  account but its source was unknown.

Mavuto Wellington Madimbo who is now working with Mkaka construction company as site supervisor,  was  co-director of WG Construction and told the court that they had contracts to build schools in Kasungu, Chikwawa and Lilongwe districts, but the company sub-contracted because it lacked capacity to undertake the projects.

According to Madimbo they subcontracted some works to Mphatso Metal Works from Zomba and hey gave Mphatso Metal Works owner Mr Poya Cheque book for NBS with seven leafs already signed so that he can cash his payments once there’s money deposited into the account.

Madimbo told the court that one morning  he received a call from Mr Poya asking him if he is aware that in their account there was money deposited amounting to K91 million and if he can cash his dues.

“I was surprised when the subcontractor called me to query why we were not paying her when a K91 million cheque had just been deposited into our account.

“I was scared after I heard about the cheque and when I didn’t get an explanation from him [Dzanjalimodzi] I approached ACB [Anti-Corruption Bureau] who said my company was under watch over the suspicious transactions,” said Madimbo.

He said they were only expecting two payments from government one worth K7 million and K5 million.

When he was asked by state prosecutor, Enock Chibwana what was his reaction after he was told of the amount, he told the court that he was afraid and called his partner Mr Chitete who was also shocked . They both went to ask Dzanjalimodzi who told them to be quiet as he knew where the money  was coming from .

Dzanjalimodzi would then electronically transfer the money from the account using a password of electronic banking facility which his co-directors did not know, said Madimbo.

Madimbo said he reported   to Anti Corruption Bureau .

Prosecutor Chibwana produced photocopies of cheques from Malawi government which Madimbo recognized being deposited in WG Construction Limited National Bank account by GP Dzanjalimodzi on different date.

The four cheques which were in name of the company amounted to K357 million were deposited into the account on different days were all attached with deposit slips photocopies signed by Dzanjalimodzi himself.

Dzanjalimodzi deposited a cheque worth K18,672,508.80 on 30th April, 2013, K24,236,430.80 on 29th June 2013, K91,568,744.10 on 21st August 2013, K54,777,862.80 on 08th August,2013, K88,999,802.14 on 11th August 2013 and the last cheque he deposited was worth K78,654,259.65 on 23rd August 2013.

The second witness the state paraded official from NCIC Gerald Thom Khonje who is Technical Director for the council who explained to the court issues to do with ethics and if the council allows its members to borrow or lend their licences

Khonje confirmed to the court that WG Construction was registered and flouted council regulations when it was named in the Baker Tilly forensic report among suspects to have fraudulently obtained money from the government.

Presiding judge, Justice Ivy Kamanga has since adjourned the case to a later date to be communicated to the state and Defendant counsels when the state is expected to continue parading it’d witness and according to Chibwana the state now remains with three witnesses to testify on the matter.

Dzanjalimodzi who is being presented by Nankhuni and Associates lawyer Gift Nankhuni pleaded not guilty to the charges

Cashgate – the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill – was exposed in 2013 after  the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe .

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 last 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.

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13 thoughts on “Savala sentencing stalls: Madambo reveals Dzanjalimodzi cashgate thread”

  1. Tchende lo booka says:

    Fiona Mwale analandila kena kake. Asatinamize mwini wa chilungamo ndi mulungu. Nkadakhala nkanda patuwe ngati ine atandikwizinga kale kale

  2. Jane Matabwa says:

    Please Nyasa times consult the facts before you report. Judge Mwale is not the reason for the delay. Savala is supposed to make pre-sentence submissions which she has on three occasions failed to make because her lawyer Ralph Kasambara was in prison. Find out about criminal procedure and then make your comment. The court record is available for all to see, you will see why the case has stopped

    1. The Analyst says:

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      Why are you defending the indefensible, Jane Matabwa?
      . . . How many months now since Kasambara was released from jail?
      . . . Are you sure that from the time Kasambara was released until now; the two (Savala n Kasa) could not meet for the pre-sentence submissons?
      . . . And who is supposed to order the two to meet, if not the judge?
      Cant you see that your defence for judge Mwale’s incompetence and unprofessional conduct, is hollow?

      Let us all love justice and truth; otherwise your defence lacks both.
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  3. mulopwana mutokotoko says:

    Why is the judge torturing Savala psychologically?The longer time it takes to met out judgement to Savala the more she is traumatised. Tell the country what your findings in the matter is and pronounce it in the open chambers. you think 84m us little money to Makawians? If you feel you are related to this thief please recuse yourself from the case. If this matter was handled by A male judge it would have been through by now. We are following it and any further delays puts your reasoning and competence into question.

  4. Paralegal Mpemba man says:

    Judge Mwale is a disapointment. This is a straight forward case but she want to give a suspeneded sentences ans is too ashamed of herself make that statement. This why I hate when women have positions of power, they can not handle it, they become stupid!!! Give this case to a Magistrate and stop wasting government resources.

  5. Chalume says:

    So, Savala ‘unwillingly’ looted the government? She also ‘unwillingly’ gave only 90% of the resources to Kalonga, and ‘unwillingly’ shared the remaining 10% with Chatuwa? This thief thinks we are bafoons as Malawians…she can rot in hell!

  6. Savala my beautiful lady is suffering here because of you Joyce who initiated everything. See now, you are comfortable there leaving my girlfriend suffering. Woipa iwe nthawi idzafika ubwera basi.

  7. Goodson Zimveka says:

    mmmmm malawi wane

  8. Emmanuel Chimphamba says:

    Cash gate is a cancer that spread and is spreading; touching some great school friends and people we knew and respected. How times have changed! The love for money… a source of great evil. As they say, “Truth stands a test of time, always”.

  9. The Analyst says:

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    You see now the problem with some women (when given positions of authority)?
    . . . they let emptions hence sympathy eat up their professionalism.
    I wish that woman-activist (Emma Kaliya) could see this and stop making unnecessary noise about gender balance in positions of authority..
    Nanga . . .
    . . . what any other explanation is there for this judge Fiona Mwale to keep dilly-dallying sentencing this thief to not less than 7 years in jail? Something is clearly wrong with this judge. In fact, everything is wrong!
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    Of course Savala is not all that bad-looking . . .
    . . . but who said that prison life is only for the not so good-looking?
    Of course Savala siovutika iai . . .
    . . . but who said that prisons are only meant for the poor?

    At the pace we are going; will anyone be surprised to learn that Savala is given a mere 2.5 year jail-term?
    Or the judge is moved by Savala’s claim that she (Savala) is God-fearing?
    . . . So the judge has already forgotten that even those people who killed Jesus claimed to be or were looked at as God-fearing? Is this even a sensible defence, anyway? Useless judge!
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    ACB should move in swifty . . .
    . . . Otherwise, the language which only the hands and pockets understand; seems to have been spoken between Savala and the judge, besides the judge’s issues on emotions, sympathy and unprofessionalism.
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  10. Jennifer Mengesi says:

    WANTHU WOLEMERA
    KUMWAZA MAKOBIDI

    KUGAWANA VINDALAMA
    PAMENEPO !!!
    WOSAUKA KULIRA MOKWEZA
    KWAMBIRI

    MAYOOOOOOOOO !!

  11. therere says:

    confiscate all assets for these thieves

  12. Makeresia pawa says:

    This is a serious fault, no one would be safe after found guilty by this offences.

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