US expert says cashgate report not doctored: Baker Tilly dossier legit

An IT expert in United States says there’s no doubt about the authenticity of the Cashgate report containing names of individuals and companies allegedly involved in the plunder of government resources at Capital Hill.

Stephen Kamphasa and  Baker Tiilly's Mack-Sullivan: Report containing names in

Stephen Kamphasa and Baker Tiilly’s Mack-Sullivan: Report containing names in

Doubters claimed the report released by Malawi government last week had been altered but US based software expert James Knox-Davies in his examination of the document has dismissed claims of doctoring  flat-out wrong.

But the expert  differed with Malawi Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu“ staggering display of technical ineptitude”claiming that the report couldn’t be doctored because, “it was received in PDF format and remains so.”

Said the expert: “Needless to say, PDF files can be edited. Also, you can find out if they’ve been edited by looking at the metadata on the files, which actually lets us dust for digital prints of editors of the files. (You may remember the same being done with a Iraq security dossier to the chagrin of Tony Blair.) Furthermore, some of the data was also released as an XLS (i.e., a spreadsheet), which gives us some more information about the history of the reports.”

Knox-Davies states that  there’s no evidence of the Malawi government interfering with the report.

“But there’s a third version of the report. These are the files that were released October 30th, not an earlier version of the PDF that — as best as I can guess, anyway — leaked between February 21st and 23rd of this year. (This one differs that in the October 30th PDF, specific people are identified as likely being involved in Cashgate, where the earlier version simply makes policy prescriptions to avoid large scale embezzlement in the future),” he notes.

Meanwhile, Auditor General Stephenson Kamphasa has also attested to the authenticity of the Cashgate report.

“This report is genuine. It is authentic,” said Kamphasa.

Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC)chairman Alekeni Menyani MP, has since expressed concerns about the unconstitutional way the report has been released given that the committee is mandated by law to receive [audit] reports.

British audit firm Baker Tilly conducted the forensic audit on behalf of the National Audit Office (NAO) funded by Department for International Development (DfID) of the United Kingdom government.

The report into the 24 billion kwacha ($48 million) of missing funds, handed to the government on Sept. 25, shows that amounts were paid for goods and services that were allegedly never delivered. The document covers April 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2013, and details instances of inflated procurement prices and overpayments.

But contrary to ‘court of public opinion’ former president Joyce Banda and former vice president Khumbo Kachali names are not there.

According to the report people including former commander of the Malawi Defence Forces, General Henry Odillo, his deputy, Clement Kafuwa, were allegedly involved in some of the deals.

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55 thoughts on “US expert says cashgate report not doctored: Baker Tilly dossier legit”

  1. Bua Shire Lake Nyasa says:

    Let’s hope Lutepo will spill the beans.Don’t think u will spared

  2. LIVESTOCK MAN says:

    Whether, the report was doctored or not it is immaterial. The fact of the matter is we have looters, cashgaters and corrupt breed or ethinic group of humanity amidist us in Malawi. This breed of human beings will continue wreckling this country. These are the masterminders of dire poverty in Malawi. What is important is to get rid of this breed of people that has left our country poor for 50 years. The previous castgate judgement were not only out of order but a mockery to the jucidicial system and justice to the impoverished Malawians who can now not access drugs in hospitals and living in deep poverty because of greedy public servants, corrupt politicians and mafia type and unprofessional legal experts. The first judgement was glorification of evil deeds and promotion of impunity among mafias.

    Give punitive sentences ranging from 15 years to 40 years would be a better consolation to the suffering Malawi plus recovery of stollen peoples money or property. Please find a special prison for Gashgate people. Do not mix them with normal criminals. A murder of one person is lesser evil that a cashgate convict. When you put them in a separate prison, only fellow mafias and corrupt actosr will visit them. Cashgate is a contegious infection and much worse than Ebola because it affects every body.

  3. Brixton says:

    Live with them and u ll know how cunning and corrupt these pple are. I do not trust these pple after living with them. As long as u show them u have money thats it. These pple they know how to cone.They are rogue traders. The world of internet anybody can be an audit for Africa. We torture ourselves with these pple coz of laziness, greediness. Poor Africa. Poor Malawi. Someone is laughing all the way to the bank for something we could have done it ourselves.

  4. Paddy says:

    U R RIGHT!

  5. Harawa says:

    They have to be charged 15yrs and above

  6. Jimmy says:

    kudya ntedza kumakoma ngati ntedzawo ukadalipo loool

  7. jeremia says:

    who is more wiser and knowledgerable between a white man and a blackman.i am in support of baker tilly s repory

    1. Paddy says:

      mfiti

  8. Zilipoi says:

    When asked about what they may have benefited they deny saying ‘Where did I sign’ ?

  9. ozitsata says:

    u expect us to listen to him jst coz he is from uk, he’s the one that has been doctored

  10. Mpatamanga says:

    Sorry,’Internal Procurement Units’ should have read Internal Procurement Committees’

  11. Zilipo says:

    Politicians are of course too clever that usually they use other people (third parties) to get fraudulent monies on their behalf. They receive the proceeds in cash or other non cash assets without signing anywhere. The third party gets a hefty commission. Remember JB once said a person who receives from stolen proceeds is blameless but the one who actually stole?

  12. The great tourist says:

    He he he you expected the JBs to be in report, the report mainly shows olandila cheque mohair olo mphwiyo mulibe Inu. Ubulutu omwe akumangidwawa ndiye a dziwa uko amakatula ma billion

  13. Mpatamanga says:

    On check signatories, Baker Tilly gave a breakdown of cheques signed by six signanatories. They went further to give a breakdown of 104 high value checks signed by the six. They gave an breakdown of checks to the same companies signed by same persons on the same day or within a few days and indicated that the top three signatories signed many of these cheques. They did not provide a similar analysis for cheques signed by the other three signatories. Yet, they recommend similar action against ALL six signatories. And while still on this do Baker Tilly know that before a cheque can be written at Accountant Generals Department (AGD), the payment process starts at the originating Ministry where it goes through many processes, involving a lot of people, some as individuals, other as a group, like internal procurement units, ODPP? Would it not be much, much easier to stop the process of fraudulent payments at those earlier stages before vouchers are presented to AGD for cheque issuing?

  14. JAYJAY says:

    mbava zonse apm,joice banda,khumbo, zonse zitsiru mbava zokhazokha palibe wabwino or yemwe akuyikira kumbuyo mmodzi mwa anthu awa nayenso nchitsiru,

  15. Mwenecho says:

    anabadi full stop

  16. Zagwa says:

    Let Baker Tilly declare that this report is authentic and see how many law suits they will get. We don’t want some Mickey mouse IT expert to tells us that just because they are in the US.

  17. Msendekere says:

    How can Baker Tilly mention MCPs Belekanyama for receiving K30,000 from cashgate proceeds and fail to mention someone who received more than one hundred vehicles from similar cashgate proceeds? Are we Malawians being taken for fools or what? Can someone explain this to me?

    1. Msendekere says:

      Refers to number comment number 25. Sorry, my memory betrayed me on the number of vehicles received by PP from a cashgater. I had indicated that there were over a hundred but I researched on the net when I wanted to get the specific figure and found that it was only 22. But twenty-two is still a large figure, for instance, how many K30,000 are in a single component of one motor vehicle, say a tyre, let alone the entire vehicle, and please, please, 22 vehicles?????????

  18. Bomanile says:

    Some of the conclusions made by Baker Tilly show that they do not understand how Malawi Government accounting and procurement are done but for sake of jeorpadising cases I will not go into details

    1. Come on… jeaporadise some people…

  19. Kantini says:

    How could Baker Tilly claim that Lutepo was not attached to a political party when it was known that, even though he may have intended to stand as independate, he was linked to PP as he had a pisition in the party and he publicly donated more than a hundred vehicles to PP, vehicles which were received by JB herself

    1. Bomanile says:

      He may only have intended to stand as independent because he may have lost PP primaries in the constituency or was not preferred by JB inspite the donation

    2. Bomanile says:

      Baker Tilly claim to have researched profiles of people on the internet and yet google search of Osward Lutepo describe him as PP official!!!!

  20. Knox Davied he is the one who helped to doctoring the report these are friends to APM kubwebweta kwachuluka kwambiri you can fool people once but you can’t fool them all the time.

  21. Mgwagwa says:

    Pdf documents can be edited. I have done it before. There is Pdf format editing software so anybody can delete or add. Tilly Baker and the US based company have recieved bribes from Joice Banda period! How can Joice and Khumbo names be missing on the audit report when we know very well about maize gate and Jetgate under Banda rules. I say bullshit. Thats what we get for trusting azungu. Try Russians muonekera ng’amba nonse coz they dont have any allegiance to Malawi or the west. Anenapo ngamo basi.

    1. Gondolosi says:

      Mwagwa nayo. Palibetu maina awo. kkk ahede! full stop.

  22. Naganza says:

    BEING SMALLL COUNTRY DOES NOT MEAN FEW PEOPLE SHOULD STEAL AND OTHERS SUFFER FOR THEIR SELFISH MANNERS. EACH GOVERNMNET WHICH HAS BEEN SINCE 1994 HAVE BEEN PUNISHED BECAUSE OF STEALING AND CORRUPTION. IS IT NOT SHAME. STEALING HAS BEEN THE ONLY WAY FOR A MALAWIANS TO GET RICH OR BUILD A HOUSE. A POLICE OFFICER EARNING 40 THOUSAND KWACH HAS A MANSION IN AREA 9 B. WHERE DOES HE GET THE MONEY? YES HE IS A TRAFIC POLICE. NO ONE HAS BEEN PUNISHED IN MALAWI FOR CORRUPTUION NOT ANY POLITICAL PERSON THAT IS WHY CORRUPTION WILL NEVER END. EVEN PETER IS CORRUPTED AND WILL STEAL ONCE THEY REALESE THE MONEY THE DONORS. HE IS WAITING FOR THE DOLLARS SO THAT HE CAN TRANFER TO HIS ACCOUNTS IN US.

  23. Kenkkk says:

    So because a usa IT guy has said the report was not tampered, then we should believe? He also admits there are report versions differences.

    But most of all the time lines and some events contained in the report raises a lot of suspicions.

    Anyway at the end of the day we will still have our differences on the report.

    All we want now is to catch all thieves, convict them and get back all or most of the money stolen.

    1. “All we want now is to catch all thieves convict them and get back all or most of the money stolen.”

      I’d like that too.

      There are a lot of reasons to not trust the report, I’m just saying it probably wasn’t the Mutharika government tampering with it. Wouldn’t they stand to benefit if JB was named?

  24. Naganza says:

    Corruption is here even now. It is still going on. Money laundering is not finish and will never finish. As soon donors give Malawi dollars Peter will take the money and deposit the money into his accounts in US. To you who say let UK or Europe keep their money, you are right, but my question how is Malawi going to make it without dollar? With corruption as it is Malawi remains a beggar country. Weather you like or not. The only way to stop begging is stop stealing. To see what is the result of corruption, look at the houses which have been built in areas where no house like that could have built also check if these people have build those houses with a loan and how many houses they are. It is very easy even a blind man can see this. Malawians you are thieves. I wish donors stop giving money to such country and people.

  25. Juss says:

    Can u buy pdf editor online pls.

  26. THAT MZUNGU IS TOO OLD THERE ARE BOYS OUT THEIR WHO CAN DOCTOR A BRITISH GAS BILL AS PROF OF ID AND ADDRESS . YOU KNOW WHAT NIGERIANS AND A FEW MALAWIANS CAN DO THAT. THAT IS WHY IT TOOK SO LONG TO COME OUT THEY WANTED TO DO A PERFECT JOB. MALOPA NDI MWANA WACHABE HAS A LOT OF UNDERGROUND CONNECTIONS WITH NIGERIANS

  27. o says:

    do we need a US so called expert for this? AMalawi kususuka!

  28. Tako says:

    Mukufuna muzingoti mpusisa 8t

  29. Jabesi says:

    Onse a cashgate amangidwe basi. Panopa tikumva kuwawa kwambiri chifukwa a galu akubawa

  30. Fathara says:

    Ndiye kuti kupanda ndalama za zungu malawi singapange kalikonse? INE NDIKUWAWUZA AZUNGUWO KUTI ASATITHANDIZESO, NDALAMA ZAWOZO IFE SITIKUZIFUNA. ANTHU AMENEWA ATIPHA MUTU KWA NTHAWI YAYITALI CHIFUKWA CHANDALAMA ZAWOZO. Pano a malawi chonde tiyeni tilolele kuvutika koma tiyambepo kugwila ntchito molimbika YES WE CAN. Tivutika nthawi pang’ono kenako zizakhala bwino. Migodi isegulidwe penapaliponse pali miyala, kaya mafuta tiyambepo kukumba Mulungu atiyakha. Ife tizidalila anthu odalila misokho, alibetu chinachilichose kwawoko amadalila misokho basi, tilindi chuma ndife pano.

  31. John says:

    Zakhala bwino kuti report’li la cashgate lopanda maina a Joyce Banda ndi Khumbo Kachale latuluka muulamuliro wa DPP. Likanatulutsidwa nthawi ya PP anthu enanu simukanakhulupirira.

  32. Mnyamata wa nzeru says:

    As an IT expert yourself, should you not have talked about the hashes?? Have you compared the hash of the “original” document to the hash of the document published by the Malawi Govt?? That’s the only plausible way of establishing authenticity!!

    1. Hi, person who looked at metadata here.

      The original document was not available, all I had to look at was what was publicly available. My conclusion was that it was not doctored by the Malawi government.

      Mutharika and the DPP are, for lack of a better word, enemies of Joyce Banda, and probably wouldn’t edit the report to remove mention of her name.

      1. Mnyamata wa nzeru says:

        James, you may have a point but it would have been more prudent of you to say ‘I do not know whether this document has been doctored or not’ Otherwise, your statement (although based on speculation) is giving a wrong impression of having been professionally checked and verified.

      2. Kenkkk says:

        I commend for your honesty that you didn’t see the original report. That is the reason why some of us want to see the original hard copy report. Baker Tilly cannot prepare a report for the Govt and submit it in pdf only, that would be very unprofessional and actually rude bearing in mind thousands of pounds they have been paid for preparing the report. The Malawi Govt would also not accept a report prepared for them to be submitted ony in pdf.

        As regards the motive for not publishing some names, I would advise that all cashgaters be they PP or DPP are actually friends and protect each other when it comes to thieving of govt money. You don’t know what goes on behind DPP and PP on cashgate, look at the wider cashgate picture dating back to say 2005. Some PP members hold very important cashgate information that DPP fears and vice versa, so as I say enemies on paper but friends in deeds. There is too much cashgate linkage between the two parties!!!

        1. I didn’t mean to give the impression I was privy to secret information. I used tools on the public version of the document to make my conclusions. The version released in October and the version leaked in February appear to only be edited and created by Baker Tilly.

          Thank you for your insights in the second paragraph.

          1. Kenkkk says:

            The question is who gave instruction to baker Tilly to edit either version? It is either Pp or dpp depending on the version.

            There is 8 months difference between feb and Oct!!!

            I think each one of us have our own conclusions on the report.

            As said before all we want is the catching of all thieves!!

  33. Sapitwa kakulanye says:

    Shabalala, you are right. Those who say report is doctored, can they produce evidence. Why do they think so? By the way what will government benefit to so? The report was already released to others and it might be difficult to tamper with anything in that case. For those crying for the MK92 billion, lets wait but conclude the present one whose investigations are almost conclude. ACB might be confused to investigate these outstanding developments in history of Malawi simultaneously. One at a time and the truth will be known. So please keep your fingers crossed, after this Mk24 billion in six months then we go to MK92 billion in is it 8 years.

  34. salimu says:

    Very backeard way of thinking. Aid is worse than cashgate it suffocates initiative and creativity. RSA under azungu developed because of sanctions they even pioneered the technology of exctracting diesel from coal. Come blacks nothing but corruption. Let us find a solution am sure we can. Let UK keep its money. Chonde tisapange uchitsilu.

  35. vunde malango says:

    Everyday,everywhere, mu minibus, ku church,kumsika it’s cashgate cashgate cashgate,eish, I want breathing space now, haiii! Let bygones be bygones, or amangidwe nde ndalamazo zibwera, mst!

  36. Shabalala says:

    The real problem is that Malawi is too small a country , where almost everyone knows everyone else, and is engulfed in petty jealousies . Most people already had names of other people whom they would have loved to see being mentioned in the Baker Tilly Report . Since those names are missing from the Report then it follows that the Report has been tampered with . Very sad way of reasoning , but that’s Nyasaland for you . A hopeless and jealous – filled place .

    1. Nkhangazaona says:

      There is no way a country of 16 million people can be considered small. Malawi is not small, Zambia is not small and Zimbabwe is not small.

  37. Think Tank says:

    Next item on gates agenda please!

  38. chitsulo wamakhanga says:

    zanuzimenezo bola ife tikumva kuwawa coz zinthu czkuyend bwn

  39. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    We now want the MK92 billion. Malawians want their back .

  40. Counsellor says:

    Lero apanga convict ndani? We want one convict a day if we are to make any progress.

  41. jumujum says:

    nkhani ya cashgate tatopa nayo anthu inu mukukhala ngati mukuwopana kutchulana mukudziwana nonse inu akuba chifukwa chake azunguwa ayimika thandizo komatu muwonga mtundu wa Malawi

    1. TRUCK says:

      Zoona nkhani ya Cashgate tatopanayodi koma mudziwe ku ma Donor saluza kanthu akasiya kupeleka Aid tivutike ndife ndiye ngati mukufuna kuti ma Donor abweretse Aid mulande ndalama zonse anaba a Cashgate muyike mu Boma kuti ndalamazo ziyambe kungwira ntchito ma dela ena a Boma mongati mu Zipatala.

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