Savala to call ‘character witnesses’ -Kasambara: Malawi cashgate convict

Private practice lawyer Ralph Kasambara has told Lilongwe High Court that a number of character witnesses are expected to be called and testify to help in mitigation to cashgate convict Caroline Savala before she faces sentencing.

Convicted Savala: In mitigation bid

Convicted Savala: In mitigation bid

Kasambara said the four witnesses of character will attest to the good character of Savala in a bid to sway the court from slapping her with a stiff sentence.

“ One will be a pastor from her church, the second person will be a medical doctor; the third person will be one Leonard Kalonga, a civil servant working for the Ministry of Tourism and finally Florence Chatuwa, a friend of Kalonga and also a friend of Caroline Savala,” Kasambara told the court.

Character witness is a person, who testifies in a trial on behalf of a criminal defendant as to that person’s good ethical qualities and morality both by the personal knowledge of the witness and the person’s reputation in the community,

However, Kalonga is answering Cashgate-linked charges in connection with the procurement of six buses worth K520 million ($1 million); a K542 million ($1.1 million) case involving himself, Laura Savala and others as well as a K90 million ($180 000) case alongside Angela Katengeza.

Kalonga and Katengeza were found with a case to answer and are expected to enter defence.

High Court judge Fiona Mwale on Friday convicted Savala but despite facing up to a 10-year jail term for money laundering and another five years for theft, she remains on bail.

Kasambara and hired prosecutor Enock Chibwana agreed to bring the issue of her not being in prison on July 31 when sentencing hearing will take place.

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mbwiyache
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She is too beautiful to be jailed

chiya
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Savala ndi kape zedi. Anaukanatu mlanduwu chonsecho over MK80m yaulere inalowa ku akaunti yake n’kuidya boboo. Khoti lapeza lokha kuti ndi mbava ndiye wina aziti ena ali ndi umboni woti savala ndiwabwino? Pokhapa ajaji, just do the needful, she wasted court’s time and she now wants leniency? Give her a long sentence, adzatuluke dziko litatha.

M'busa
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Even good people are going to hell . Only through Jesus Christ we stand right b4 God. So defending somebody kuti he or she is/was good has no bargain for mitigation. Wait a minutes, Jesus Christ- the righteous judge -is soon coming. Repent ur s
in

vuyisile ntombayithethi
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vuyisile ntombayithethi

chimkazi chabwino!!!

akukonde akukonde nkhoma
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akukonde akukonde nkhoma

Is stealing government money a good character?? to hero with this shit called Justice. it only favours rich people regardless of how the got the wealth. time will come when reality will catch up with you thievery lawyers. Just stand akimbo and wait.

Charlie Hebdo
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Look at the calibre of character witnesses. Kalonga, a certified thief; a pastor, probably a recipient of stolen money; and Florence, a friend to the two thieves. Added to that, the one representing her is the biggest thief of them all. Are you then surprised that the legal profession is synonymous with thieving? Yes one is innocent until proven guilty. But in other professions which hold ethics in high esteem if a member is suspected to have been engaged in acts that are likely to bring the profession in disrepute such a member is suspended from practicing until he/she is… Read more »
KWA THAVA ( NCHILAMWERA)
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Ambulsnce NO FUEL !!! HOSPITAL NO DRUGS !! PATIRNTS NO FOOD !! PATIENTS SLEEPING ON THE FLOOR ALL THIS COZ OF THESE IDIOTS:CASHGATERS !! NO PEACE OF MIND EVEN IF YOU EAT SAUSAGE !! REPENT !! REPENT !! SELL THE PROPERTIES AND GIVE BACK THE MONEY TO THE POOR PPLE OF MALAWI OTHERWISE YOU WILL DIE IN SINS AND SUFFER GREATLY IN HELL
Chikondi Namoyo
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If we may not be careful , we shall hear all those crazy stuff like I suffer from this and that, all those trash, in the name of running away from justice. You people have messed Malawi bigtime with your greed and corruption. No mercy for you. How were you feeling when driving poshy vehicles and others suffering? You were heartless and today you want mercy. But I mean for what? Now Ralf, you call yourself S.C., by simply being a mercenary lawyer. Your a very sad person and Malawi does not need people like you. Behind and deep down… Read more »
nkhomawa amlauzi
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iiiiiiiiiiii, koma ma merchant a pp zomakonza character itawonongeka kale mukuwoneka kuti mukuzikhulupilira kwabasi. Ena ndi aja anakatenga kampani ya kunja kuti izowakonzere mbiri pamene tikuwadziwa ndife kkkkkk. Ngati muli anthu abwino muzingochitiratu zabwinozo osati kumadikira kuchita chokonza. Kkkkkkkkk ma merchant, ndale ndi zosololasolola zikukuchedzanitu kwambiri, zitayeni zochita ndi zambiri pa Malawi pano. Pepani kuti malangizowa abwera ili kale mmutu nkhwangwa.

opportunist
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What a beauty lol

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