Senzani risks vigilant justice if given bail: Malawi cashgate prisoner

The voices from some sections of the society have warned High Court Judge  Ivy Kamanga to guard against people “taking the law into their own hands”  to  cashgate prisoner Teresa Namathanga if released on bail pending appeal of her three-year sentence.

Cashgate convicted prisoner Senzani: Seeks bail

Cashgate convicted prisoner Senzani: Seeks bail

Senzani, the first person convicted in a 2013 government scandal involving corruption, looting and the theft of more than $30 million in public funds, made a bail application this week through her lawyer Necton Mhura.

But comments from the society through comments on Nyasa Times  and social media on the bail application warns that releasing the convicted cashgate prisoner on bail would be ” horrendously inappropriate”.

People are warning of possible vigilante attacks on Senzani is she walks free.

Already her three year sentence received a public backlash as more lenient sentence that will not deter anyone from committing a similar offense.

“A punishment is a deterrent, otherwise if we have lenient sentences, chances are that we may not be dealing with the problem because people will calculate and conclude that perhaps it is worthwhile taking a risk of being in prison for three years and thereafter enjoy millions of dollars that were stolen from government coffers,” said Ernest Thindwa, a political science lecturer at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi.

But lawyer Mhura contends the High Court Judge should have handed a suspended sentence to his client because she had pleaded guilty and therefore did not waste time for the court.

He also believes the sentence should have been lenient because the convict is a first offender and that charges placed against her were not ‘severe’.

Senzani, the former principal secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, had pleaded guilty to stealing about $150,000  (about K63 million) in the financial scam, referred to in Malawi as the Cashgate scandal, which prompted donor partners to withdraw their budgetary support to the country.

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56 thoughts on “Senzani risks vigilant justice if given bail: Malawi cashgate prisoner”

  1. mai nsato says:

    Tereza Senzani ndi mwana wa Anna Kachiko, nee Namathanga. she gave birth to ths thief when she was in std 6, but her father the late and ex police commissioner raised her as their last born. The one who is influencing the bail is MP Anna Kachiko. She did not build the mansion in 6 miles only, but also bought 3 houses in Blantyre which she had distributed to her 3 daughters, and also has built an office block at Mchesi behind Injena filling station and winners church….. the money is more than this figure…..you judge watch dont acquit her but rather re-entence her to 18 years !!!!!

  2. Naganza says:

    I AGREE THAT SHE IS A BAD WOMAN BUT WHAT ABOUT MEN WHO HAVE STOLEN MORE THAN HER? I THINK WOMEN ARE PUNISHED MORE THAN MEN. w
    WHY SHOULD WE ONLY PUNISH WOMEN? I KNOW THIS WOMAN WILL NEVER LIVE A HAPPY LIFE WHILE MEN WILL GO FREE AND ENJOYING THEIR THIEFT MONEY. I DONT KNOW WHY THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI DONT GO TO THESE PEOPLE AND STORM THEIR HOUSES. ONLY THAT IME THEY WILL UNDERSTAND WHY WE OTHERS ARE ANGRY. POOR PEOPLE ARE JAILED FOR SMALL STEALING WHILE THEY PEOPLE WHO HAVE STOLEN HUGE ARE FREE. THE THING IS EVERY EDUCATED PERSON WORKING WITH THE GOVERNMENT HAS STOLEN. THEY CREATED THEIR OWN SYSTEM OF BUSINESS BY REGISTERING FALSE BUSINESSES. WHY THE CONSITUTION HAS ALLOWED AN MP, MISISTER TO START A BUSINESS ONCE THEY ARE ELECTED. THESE IS WHY THERE IS CORRUPTION. THEY GIVE THEMSELVES TENDERS. NO ONE CAN COMPETE WITH THEM EVEN HE/SHE TRIES SHE WONT GET IT. MALAWI AND MALAWIANS ARE ROTTEN PEOPLE. NO LOVE FOR THEIR NATION. DESTROYED THIS BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY. I WISH IT WAS STILL RULED BY THE BRITISH AT LEAST TO DAY THEY COULD BUILD IT BETTER THAN THESE AFRICANS.

  3. Boko Haram says:

    Amai amenewa ndikangowaona town tiwotcha.

  4. Amaneyu tiwotcha mbambadi m’theladi
    My friend was also a first offender but as I am speaking he’s serving 8 years with hard labor for stealing a chicken.Anyway we understand that prisons were built for the poor
    Malawi justice stinks!

  5. The only solution is Malawians to punish all cashgaters. Our justice system is rotten. Lets burn them all

  6. Anthuwa ndi amodzi angokupusisani they know each other Namathanga knows more ndikilani kaye audid report ikatuluka kuyamba 2009 to 2012 mukumudwa anthu ambiri that two years was just a continuetion. Have you forgotten bags of dollars found ku state house.

  7. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    ‘Everybody is a thief, but don’t get caught’, once said the late President Mzee Jomo Kenyata. I add to say, ‘When you steal, let nobody suffer because of your theft’.

  8. Annah Kachikho says:

    Govenment better cofistigate all her properties including the mansion which is even bigger than Ndata palace of Bingu. If you do not do that people will torch that house. You cannot imprison her for three weeks and she comes back to continue enjoying the same house. This is mockery to the nation and to the justice of the Malawians. Malawians wake up kwina ndi kwina amai amenewa nyumbayo ikanakhala ata otcha kale anthu.

  9. Please keep her there 15 million people of malawi is safering because of that lady.

  10. edourdo says:

    ine zomati ndi first offender zimandibowa kundendeko kulibeko ma first offender iyeyo kutani andisamale, zikundiwawa kumadulidwa msonkho wina kuba ndalamazo, wina wabd mbuzi mukumukaniza bail wat kind of constitution iz that

  11. Pacharo says:

    Lord Have Mercy on Malawi.

  12. Nachika says:

    Thieves like these have caused untold sufferings to people of Malawi, most especially unprivileged people who cannot afford health services. Money stolen by these THIEVES could have saved a lot of peoples’ lives. I would why senseless people are talking of her release on bail.

  13. Ineyo Paa! says:

    Agalu Amenewa Amangidwe Bas.Asamatidyele Masuku Pamutu.

  14. Bololo says:

    I encourage Malawians to take the risk and participate in Cashgate as the rewards far exceed the risks. Three years in jail is worth it.
    The laws are nice and soft.

  15. Tengupenya says:

    prisoner ameneyu sangapeze ufulu wa mtendere wake kunja kwa pirizoni pamene mitima anthu iri dyokodyoko ndi ngolomera zaukali.

  16. JKa says:

    There is need 4 severe punishment, not only 3 years. Tikati malipilo mutikwezereko, ndinu amene mumati boma lilibe ndalama, koma muziba. God shld punish you all cashgaters.

  17. KANUNKHA says:

    I know some guy who was jailed for 14years because of the missing k100,000. this sentence pains my heart when Read the 3years sentence given here. God where is justice, when shall the poor, underprevileged, enjoy the justice?

  18. nombea wanyaunthali says:

    hey folks,,,,,,, in case you didn’t know ……….. good things are not for everyone!!
    nde mudzayerekedze kuba,,,,,,,,,,you will have a life sentence on a similar offence….

  19. REAL says:

    Zimandiwawa kuona payslip yanga mutadula chisonkho heavy ndalama zoti ndikhoza kuthandiza amanga mkumandiyadira kma mkumabedya ndi afiti ngati amenewa. Jail imugwire ntchito ameneyu!

  20. Alungwana says:

    Most people seem to talk nosense. Why do you plan mob justice on her yet ndinunso anthu akuba. Which constitution can give your intend?

  21. golo says:

    malawians timangodziwa kutokota basi no action. leave her alone. there are so many people with cash gate related wealth out there but have not been caught. Also there are so many people involved in one form of corruption or another in this country who have looted government or corporate money but have not been caught and have not even paid any cent back. senzani has paid back the money and swiftly pleaded guilty because she didnt want to waste time by being cunning like others we know are doing. for me by paying back she has repented of her sins and therefore should be let alone. tiziona enawo amene akukana kanabe kuti sanabe but we all know they stole governments money.

  22. Jeremiah Mtama says:

    hey you court
    mbava ngati izi zisatichedwetse
    ngati a court simulemekeza malamulo pomutulutsa wakubayu ndithu
    timupha ife Amalawi tokha ameneyo tsopano ikhala ya manja
    malamulo akanika

  23. Rabbi says:

    Tiye Tikakuotche kkkkkkk!

  24. sore steti says:

    Sindinawone mkazi wa nzeru ngati ameneyu. Kubera anthu 13 plus million, dziamuna nkati. Kuyiganiza pulani kenaka ndiugwiritsa ntchito bwinobwino simasewera.

  25. CB says:

    Mawa barclays premier league

    1. mmm says:

      kkkkk kuthetsa mkwiyo ndi nkhani yomwe. uli bhoo

  26. Khalani Chete says:

    Akatuluka wathera pompo, komanso property yake yonse pamodzi ndi abale ake onse amene amadya nawo cashgate meal awona zosawona. Lawer Mhura ndi mwamunake their days are numbered and your life will not be the same. We know your movements and we’ll catch you soon.

  27. rational says:

    why are you not manhandling the others that we are dining with every day.

  28. Nyozanibasi says:

    if you will do mob justice onher you must aswell doit on whoever prepared her charge sheet because shewas shewas charged mere theft which carries maximum of 5years IHL and inthis circumstance she pleaded guilty and doesnot deserve beyound 2.5years which is 50% of the punisment. the lawyer has apoint this punishment is kinda excessive inthis context. if the woman was charged theftby public servant her maximum wouldhave been 14yrs or life imprisonment then 7yrs or less in prison would have been apropriate

  29. ctphiri says:

    we will bomb her house if you release her , you should know that Malawians we are suffering because of her kusolola and her thief friends.

  30. MKWAPU says:

    JUDGE ACTUALLY NAWENSIO UNATILAKWILA BY 3 YEARS
    GIVING HER BAIL WILL SEND HER TO REAL COURT

  31. fetifa says:

    i understand bail pending appeal is only granted in special circumstances especially where there is a big likelihood that the appeal will succeed. any competent court of law cannot grant it in the present circumstances.

  32. boma likuziwapo kanthu thats why akulola kuti atuluke chonsecho waononga ndalama zambili more over ma donors aleka kupeleka chithandizo chifukwa cha mbava zomwezi.koma mukamadzadzika chuma mmatumba mwanumo ena akuvutika muziganizila chokayankha pamaso pa mulungu anthu oipa inu

  33. Aaron Mwala says:

    A thief negotiating not to go to jail! What a joke

    1. Chalume says:

      Iwe apa ndiye wandigwira mtima bwanji!

  34. MKWAPU says:

    IF I WAS HER I WOULD COMMIT
    HARAKIRI!!!

  35. MKWAPU says:

    LET HER COME OUT AND GET REAL JUSTICE BITCH!!!!!

  36. Namakethe says:

    Tangomutulusani tithane naye if, watching and waiting patiently to pounce.

  37. Mob justice chief officer says:

    Senzani is a thief. Do not release her.We ready to show her alihandulira once released on bail.

    1. Manuel says:

      But u cant add her husband’s retirement package to cashgate. U mean in 40+ yrs of working in companies like Limbe leaf etc her longtime graduate husband can retire frm seniour positions and go home wth nothing?

  38. Anyamata apa Town says:

    Kodi Nyumba tinaonetsedwa kuti ndi ya Mayiwa pa 6 miles ( Near Bunda Turn Off ija, ndiye anamanga ndi ndalama zochokera zcivil Servant ameneyu? Kuvomera msanga milandu kuja, sikunali kuchita cover kuti nyumba imene ija isafunsidwe, that’s why anangobweza yaku Area 47. Bwanji mukutipusitsa? Kufufuza kwake kunachitika bwanji? This was a calculated move kuti avomere msanga komanso abweze tindalama tochepato, knowing kuti anaononga zambiri. Bail akupangayi, mayi ali kuti, popeza she was already convicted? we haven’t heard kuti ali ku prison yakuti, zikuyenda bwanji panenepa? Panunkhatu Swiswiri pamenepa!

    1. Chemwali chimwene says:

      Her lawyer was kalekeni kaphale, who is now attorney general, she is a sister to anna kachikho, she is a mulakho woman. Mlandu wagudwa ndi mlakho uwu. She was told by kaphale to plead guilty kuti asafukulidwe. Where is the interest of the 63m? Mwinanso ali pa 92billion ya Bingu ija, nthawiyo nkuti ambwiyache ali president, sakanammanga.

  39. Bolero says:

    Let the Judge do her work. Do not influence her decision. Tomorrow it may be you

    1. Oh says:

      It will never be me because I am not a thief. Maybe you.

    2. Chalume says:

      So what if is me tomorrow? Maganizo amenewa ndi omwe akutibwezera m’mbuyo! Sikuti anthu akhale chete chifukwa pa mawa pano nafe tingadzafune chikhulukiliro. Ndiye anthu sasiya kubatu!

  40. ntopwa says:

    Akufuna bail chifukwa chani pamene ndalama zathu anadya mosatimvera chisoni? ndiponso 3 yrs a malawi takwiya kale nde akufuna kuti chotupa chili mu mtimamu chiphulike eti? angoyelekeza, adzikakhaltu ku barracks!!!! apo bii tithana naye. Okuba mbuzi akuvunda ku maula uko, bwanji sakutuluka komanso sentence yawo ndi more than hers!!! zikutiwawatu!

  41. Peter Benga says:

    Poor people are given very stiff punishments on minor cases.The question remains why are those that commit bigger cases given simple sentences? Otherwise something is lacking in as far as justice in malawi is concerned

  42. MaiMai says:

    Yea Atuluke azaine what shaved guinea fowl hair. ..our relatives first offenders are serving 10 years setence for stealing chicken. ..

    the fact that she keeps on appealing using lawyer she has too much stolen cash since paying lawyers is expensive. To hell with this dumb Mhura. He taught me law at college aaah is so dumb…

  43. Wanex banda says:

    Wapangitsa kuti andionjezere 35%,worthless woman

  44. Abiti Mtila says:

    Obviously this is expected. How many prisoners have been given bail after appealing? The impression people have is that once she is given bail. The appeal case will drag for years just to buy time. So people are contemplating of mob justice and setting her residence on fire if bail is granted. Also note that people are planning to do mob justice for all the suspects on cashgate since justice is being delayed. Don’t say you were not warned!!!!

  45. godobaman says:

    komatu akulu akulu mayi tamvesetse awatu pakali pano alibe tchimo chifukwa anabweza ndalamayo ndithu atuluseni mulungu wawakhululikira mayiwa chomwe chatsala popeza mayi ndala zathuzo azipangila buziness awuzeni apereke dabble ngati katapira azipita kwawo

  46. Policeman says:

    Muyerekeze kuchitulutsa chimzimayi chokubachi, tizachipha. We will definitely send her to the grave try it and be warned inu a courts!!! Its no empty promise azibale athu anamwalira mzipatala coz of lack of medicine because of agalu ake ngati amenewa. Three years is just too lenient. Her being a Principal Secretary she was supposed to be exemplary in protecting government’s finances being a person who knows what is right. Stop the fucking shit that she is a first offender and that she did not waste court’s time by pleading guilty!!! Necton Mhura be warned you will indirectly be sending this harlot to her early grave. She needs 10 years jail term.

  47. Pita Wa Mathanyura says:

    Ndipo ayerekeze kupatsidwa belo ameneyo nde tizamuchinda tokha amene tinaberedwa ndalamafe

  48. VYOTO says:

    OBVIOUSLY JUDGE IVY KAMANGA IS UNDER PRESSURE FROM THE INFLUENTIAL LOMWE NETWORK BUT MALAWIANS AS WELL AS THE WHOLE WORLD ARE WATCHING EACH AND EVERY MOVE CONCERNING THE SENZANI CASE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  49. mike onondo says:

    up today i still don’t know if malawi will ever change if an accounts assistant was the one involved, we could have seen her going to prison for 14years despite surrendering her property. I think her appeal is a good idea she deserve more years than that 3year jail term she have.

  50. Big brain says:

    Ma NGO opanda ntchito isn’t this interfering with the judicial !

    Let’s also audit this NGOs the money they are given are also meant for the poor !

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