Senzani’s sentence should set tone for Malawi Cashgate thieves

Justice has been administered and through it the Malawian people have had their dish of revenge served cold with the sentencing of Treza Senzani Namathanfa, former Ministry of Tourism principal secretary, to three years imprisonment for stealing from poor taxpayers a whopping K63 million.

The trial of Senzani for theft and money laundering brought with it interesting developments top of which was her voluntary guilty plea thereby sparing the court the dreary nightmare of a lengthy process to arrive at the conviction.editorial op

We do not wish to discuss the merits and demerits of that action as she was entitled to it. Our position, on the other hand, is the wish and belief that Senzani’s short trial, her voluntary guilty plea and swift sentencing should set the tone of all other Cashgate trials currently raging in courts all over the country.

Through the Cashgate pilferage, Malawians were robbed by fellow Malawians with crooked minds resulting in lack of drugs in hospitals, school children still learning under trees and left general infrastructure in tatters, among the few evils of this national heist.

What hardworking and honest Malawians would desire is the return of this money to national Treasury apart from the fact that the perpetrators should spending some years behind bars where they would do some soul-searching and hopefully come back better individuals and not the greedy get-rich-quick type they currently are.

Only then would the damage have been minimized.

We, at Nyasa Times, believe the Senzani trial script is the one to follow and must set the tone for all Cashgate trials following in its footsteps for justice to quickly take its course.

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19 thoughts on “Senzani’s sentence should set tone for Malawi Cashgate thieves”

  1. APM says:

    Mai ndi mai Mzake. Like Pistorious, Senzani touched the soft spot of the Honorable Judge. Judgements are generally subjective depending on the mood of the judge. Forget about mitigating factors. If it were a man, the lady judge would have slapped him with a longer jail term. Other cashgaters should thank their chi for this case to be concluded first. I foresee some getting non custodial sentences. A precedent has been set.

  2. Fathi Shehab says:

    am not a legal mind, but i fesl the judge has used fsirness here,you dont punish one twice for one offense….the loss of job income pension etc comoandates for hrr erong doing….. she refundef the lot?didnt she!…..
    komabe paja kukubeera ina in billions….4.3b abrwza? bwanji kusitha curency kuti zituluke ndalama zimezi…zilowe mzitukuko… cirvulte into ecomic activity…..

  3. Wa Liverpool says:

    Good to go

  4. Tipex says:

    No no no this will not serve as a detterent at all but rather a precedence for Public Servants to get interest free money serve a short jail term and come out to enjoy the ill gotten wealth. Didnt you see even one of the Education scams of the UDF era contesting as an MP during the just ended tripartite elections? Such are the low morals of Malawians nowadays with no sense of shame at all.

  5. Mtambo says:

    Bullshit.One, the sentence is too linient. Two, senzani is not really going to jail.They will strike some kind of underhanded deal, wait and see.

  6. piyason says:

    judge ameneyo wapatsidwa ndalama. mufufuzeni ndipo mumuweruzenso chifukwa cha ziphuphu!

  7. VYOTO says:

    ONE WOULD HAVE EXPECTED THE ANTI CORRUPTION BUREAU PROSECUTOR, MR MATEMBA TO BE TALKING ABOUT LAUNCHING AN APPEAL CASE FOR THE INADEQUATE SENTENCE.BUT ALAS HE IS CONTENTED WITH THE RULING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SURELY AND OBVIOUSLY SOMETHING HAS HAPPENED TO THE JUDGE TO GIVE A SHORT JAIL TERM AND THE ACB PROSECUTOR TO BE CONTENTED WITH THE SENTENCING!!!!!!!!!

    THESE TWO OFFICERS NEED TO BE INVESTIGATED IF THE WORLD IS TO BE CONVINCED THAT MALAWI IS SERIOUS ABOUT FIGHTING THE CORRUPTION VIRUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. ACHEWA says:

    The sentence itself undermines corruption & cashgate.

  9. ACHEWA says:

    14 years WHL better.

  10. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

    Kodi Paulo Maphiyo anaba zinga. Tizingova zoti ali ndimansion yoposa White House ku 43B, kenako anagambula 2mita ku 10, kenako anagulira pintso aliyense? Mapeto ake nkhani ndiya mafia kufuna kuchotsa ka life kake basi.

  11. Mwana ovuta says:

    Akanangomusiya coz akuba ndarama zaife amalawi ndi ambiri ,komaso a Apm nawoso akuononga ndirama zathu muwamangaso nanga mukuluwa a Apm anaba ndarama za mbiri zomwe zapangisa kuti a Apm a bele mavoti mosavuta muwapasa chigamulo chotani inu a amkhoti, ndiyeno musamuonerere mzimayiyu coz nonse ndinu akubanokhanokha ,poti zanu zabisika mwati muzuze enaaaa

  12. Davis says:

    3yrs Yachepa,nanga Searchng Cars Alandira Zingati?

  13. Pichi says:

    No wonder anthu amangootcha akuba basi. Eni ake amalanda dzomwe wabadzo kenako petro basi

  14. rational says:

    the rest are walking tall in town with no remorse whatsoever.

  15. Aah! Zamalamulo mzovuta koma ma evaluator aja adakhoza za worthness za nyumbayo? Mukadangosinja yamoyo wake omnse tindalama adasungato tithe basi. Otsalawaso osawanyengelera ayi.

  16. bullets mkumadzulo says:

    Ambuye Ife tikudandaula kuti sentence iyi yachepa kwambiri considering gravity of the offence. Personally I am very surprised that editors desk feels that this sentence would send jitters to those involved in cashgate. I only anticipate better days to come for the cashgaters if this sentence is anything to by. What a SHAME…!!!

  17. MLOMWE ORIGINAL says:

    AKANGOYEREKERA KUPANGA APPEAL NDIOFUNIKA KUMUNYAPULA NDI 10 YRS JAIL TERM!!! MWAMVA INU AMAKHOTI 3 YRS YACHEPA ZEEEEDIIIII! CHIGAMULOCCHI WACHICHEPESACHIFUKWA CHOTI NDI MAYI NZAKE

    1. Bola Magistrate says:

      This judge has set bad precedence. I would rather we get a magistrate to make judgement on these cases, they would have sentenced her to life imprisonment, reduced to 20 years on appeal. What a waste of tax payers money. I hope this judge does not preside on any other cashgate case. Such miscarried of justice!!!!!!! Shame

    2. kokoliko says:

      KOma ndipo lets just wait and see. If she appeals or whatsoever, will deal with her. Who is she to be given ONLY 3 yrs? what about those in the coolers anaba nkhuku, fertilizer etc, why did u give them stiffer punishment than this bitch? The judge shud be answerable!

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