Witness links MCP to cashgate: Mphwiyo shooting case

The attempted murder case of former budget director, Paul Montfort Mphwiyo continued at Lilongwe High Court on Monday where defence witness  businessman Kondwani Ndovie linked former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo to Cashgate —the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill exposed by Mphwiyo’s shooting.

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Manondo coming out of court -Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

The case is at defence stage where the second accused person Pika Manondo is defending his two charges of conspiracy to commit murder and attempted murder

Manondo brought to court Ndovie as his witness, saying he was the one who printed MCP convention materials using cashgate money after he was approached by him.

Ndovie, a former civil servant told the court that he knew Manondo in 1997 when they were all working at National Audit Office as auditors but he left two years later to have his business and Manondo left to work with National Assembly but they still used to be friends.

He told the court that in 2013 he was approached by Manondo to print MCP convention materials and he send quotation of the order which was amounting to K5.5 million  through BlackBerry Messenger (BBM)  and Manondo told him that he will get a call from someone to give him the cash.

“Pika gave me an order to print MCP convention materials and I send him quotation through BBM that was in 2013 July, he told me that someone will call to give me the money and I remember receiving a call from one Mr Oswald Lutepo who told me to meet him at Cross Roads Hotel car park where we met in his Pathfinder car registration number should be KU 2 if I’m not mistaken, he gave me K5.5 million cash not cheque that was and this should be between 31st July and 1st August,2013 ,” explained Ndovie.

Cashgate convict Lutepo already testified in court that People’s Party (PP) asked him to fund Tembo’s bid for the MCP candidacy in 2014.

Lutepo, who was convicted of laundering K4.2 billion on his own plea of guilty, said he gave over K10 million in tranches to Manondo to source campaign materials such as branded T-shirts for Tembo because he (Manondo) had links to MCP and its machinations.

When Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale asked Ndovie on Monday  why he got the cash before the work or if it was just deposit, the witness told the court that that’s how he operate his business with politicians, saying politicians are “risky customers” who can’t be trusted with already done work hence demanding upfront payment.

He told the court that he was told to go and leave the consignment at John Tembo’s house in Area 10 and handed to the retired politician himself.

Ndovie was testifying in the case where former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs in the PP administration, Ralph Kasambara, is answering charges of conspiracy to commit murder alongside Manondo and former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier Macdonald Kumwembe. Manondo and Kumwembe are also answering charges of attempted murder of Mphwiyo.

According to Ndovie he delivered 1000 T shirts, 1000 caps and 400 laptop bags branded MCP convention and that Tembo never asked him where the items are coming from but only indicated  that the convention bags which were 400 had a  shortfall with 200 bags as such there was need of extra 200 bags.

Ndovie said he also delivered the extra bags to MCP’s Vitus Dzoole Mwale at Natural Resources College during the MCP convention as instructed by Tembo.

Kachale asked Ndovie if the material were campaigning for any candidate including Lazarus Chakwera but Ndovie said according to him the materials were for convention and not promoting an individual.
In his testimony, Lutepo said he deduced that PP, and its leader Joyce Banda, wanted a weaker opposition candidate in Tembo during the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections.

Ndovie told the court that Lutepo asked him if he had Standard Bank account so he could deposit extra K1.1 million for the printed extra 200 bags but gave an account of his wife Patience Ndovie and the cashgate convict transferred K1. 1 million which he noted that that forensic audit by  Baker Tilly report on page 43 the name Patience Ndovie is appearing as one account that received the sum of K1.1 million from  Lutepo.

He told the court that Chakwera never contracted him to do any work for him but after convention, Tembo gave him order t shirts to print with name and face of Chakwera.

Mphwiyo whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cash gate’ and the resultant discovery that up to K24 billion million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.

Western donor countries and agencies reacted by freezing up to US $150 million in aid for Malawi.

The case continues.

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33 thoughts on “Witness links MCP to cashgate: Mphwiyo shooting case”

  1. za ziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii zapanda ndi mchere womwe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Asiyatu Pendame says:

    If I may ask did JZU sign anywhere for receipt of the materials that were given to him or for that type of arrangement? Even if he was asked to I do not think he would accept to commit himself on paper because he was a clever seasoned politician deeling with amateurs in politics? In this case, Ndovie is a stupid witness who cannot be able to back his argument with any concrete facts and in him I see a person with a brain of a chicken, a person who cannot use logic. Knowing Baba JZU he will refute that outright and there will be no way anyone can force him to accept those verbal arrangements. In this case I should think that the DPP, Kachali will not make a fool of herself, as she has often done, to accept this foolhardy story which bears no written evidence anywhere. If anything Ndovie should be imprisoned for benefiting from cashgate proceeds and money laundering, period. Let him be pinned to pay back that money through the nose.

  3. Alungwana says:

    I know the defence team is just buying time. It is the duty of the state to prove someone wrong or right. The fact that the judges are getting allowances is delaying the case. Whats wrong with Mcp here?

  4. What? says:

    If you steal a radio and sell it to me. I have bought a stolen item. I am also an accomplice by buying a stolen item whether knowingly or unknowingly. I think that’s what the law says. do not be misled by the rantings of JB saying munthu ukagawiridwa zokuba iwe siunabe. MCP has a case to answer!

  5. Victim Sankho says:

    It was PP then. Now it’s MCP! What about the billions stolen by Bingu and Peter? We do not see Ndovi and MCP people stealing here. You steal money and buy something for somebody, he/she receives the gift – then you say he/she also stole the money. Then all churches in Malawi would be arrested!!! Heh, we need justice not politics. You DPP! You!!!

  6. Jelbin Mk says:

    If you robbed a bank and shared your loot with me, i do not become a bank robber at any point unless if we conspired prior to the robbery to do exactly that and in this case it does noy look as such.

  7. Man Wokwiya says:

    This government is being let by stupid and clueless people. They are cowards who are even afraid of their own shadows. You wanna swear everyone with your smelly faeces. You want to finish mcp with the blood stained Dausi ???? Simuyitha mafana

  8. Zilani says:

    I don’t see any defence against alleged conspiracy to murder Mphwiyo. Or am I missing something?

    These are wild mudslinging attempts just to make the moutj work. What a shame.

  9. Jane says:

    Kupusatu mukupangaku, tafulumilani kukamba za 577bn apa, asaaaaa. Zooona tizingomva maboza basi…..iyaaaah

  10. Kenkkk says:

    Hear all Dpp thugs at it again talking nonsense here. You want to drag everyone into your cashgate thuggish thieving. Ayi, joka lakufelani mmanja mwanu nchebe imwe.

    You very well know that all cashgate roads lead to and end at dpp’s dirty feet.

    You have befriended jzu bcoz you know each other on cashgate, twisted him so that Laz is also dragged in. You want Peter’s cashgate shame to be matched by implicating other opposition leaders in it. Bring it on. We will see who will eventually be exposed( muyeluka nazo). Because all of you dpp thugs are cashgate tarnished, you want everyone to be tarnished as well or to shut them up on spurious unfounded cashgate allegations. The adage is if you leave dpp alone, they will leave you alone. We are not going to leave you dpp thugs alone, we will hunt you like pigs until you confess and return all our money. Time is on our side.

  11. MK says:

    I am fed up hearing about 24 billion MK, why not talk about 577 billion MK?

  12. APM says:

    zalowa politics mukufuna chifukwa chomangira chakwera koma mukukanika!

  13. Cash Gate says:

    zaziiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!, zopanda mchere.

  14. santana says:

    I read a certain Sunday Times which revealed that out of the 577bn talked about, 350bn was embezzled by the PP regime. I hope reporters from the Daily Times will remember this front page story on this particular Sunday.

  15. youna says:

    Kondwani was asked to deliver goods and he did. I see no reason for him to be branded as cashgater. If so then go to all shops and markets and apprehend everybody who sold his/her commodities (including groceries) to those cashgate guys. Also bring the airlines, travel agents, ESCOM, Waterboards, Airtel, TNM etc since all these companies had at some point did business with these thieves.

  16. Mazambaizo Kachale says:

    The problem of having a country with a lot of half-baked educated people including the journalists who cannot decipher issues to the latter. You cannot implicate MCP as a party to the cashgate with the kind of information that has been provided in this article because it is distored. Even if the issues went to the cour, the prosecutor will have an unheavel to justify that it was the party which cashgated or the individuals in their own entities. I feel sorry indeed for our country, But since this my country I have to live with it.

  17. Edson says:

    Muisova Ife Tikumva Kuwawa Mpaka Pann

  18. Phwisa says:

    I have talked on this forum that why the vocal Jessie Kabwila and her MCP has never commended any effort by Govt on cashgate. Search me. If asked by journalist about cashgate what Kabwila or Chakwera will say is, ‘ Ife tikuti kodi K577 billioni bwanji sikutuluka’. What is needed is the registrar of political parties to deregister this party

  19. J. Chagoma says:

    Some people have lost direction here. Whoever is involved in corruption should be brought to book. The fact that DPP is linked to K577 billion is not an excuse. Let the court decide if JZU and MCP were involved in cashgate. If DPP is shielding its members, another Government will come and they will have nowhere to hide. Wakuba ndi wakuba basi

  20. Dpp forgets that Kamuzu International Airport was built by Dr. Kamuzu Banda under the MCP. In those days there was no DPP and this is a fact. In all fairness MCP needs to be respected as the mother party. The party that laid concrete foundation for this country on which the DPP is failing to to build upon. The only achievement DPP can point at is the MK577bn loot from gvt. The first assignment for the MCP gvt in 2019 will be to unveil the MK577bn report so that Malawians will know who store this money and brought rampant poverty in Malawi.

  21. chindazi says:

    I don’t see any facts here by Kondwani….any linh to Mhwiyo shooting?

    The Ndovie family are beneficiaries of cashgate… No evidence that the printed material reached JZU/MCP.

    Pika and Kondwani were together at Malawi College Of Accountancy studying ACCA and they didn’t complete due to money hungry.

    Kondwani didn’t tell the court that he once worked as an audit supervisor at Deloitte and was forced to resigned since his time to become chartered Accountant expired. That when he opened his printing business at HB House and closed it as well.

    Can you please take this Kondwani as a Cashgater as well????

    Mkazi wanu nayo iwe kondwani akhala cashgater…. Kondwani is o crooked like Pika… call him he will lie he is in Mzuzu and in a few seconds mudusana pa Game Stores….

  22. Buyelekhaya says:

    In Malawi we have so many serious problems. One of which is unfortunately ignored whether deliberately or by default, is misunderstanding. The misunderstanding could emanate from the kind of diluted formal education we receive hence being half-baked ourselves or pure ignorance.

    I have read nowhere in the news article linking MCP as a party to being beneficiary of the “cashgated money”. What is mentioned here are names of people suspected to have been beneficiaries of the stolen money.

    JZU was not MCP, is not MCP and will not be MCP. That’s why when he lost at the party’s elective convention somebody became the party’s steward. MCP did not die! JZU is no longer in active politics and MCP continues to exist.

    I find serious problems with characters like ‘Pwevupwevu’ and ‘Mapwevupwevu’. I suspect these have rat brains in their skulls! Bongo wamunthu ndiwosiyana ndi wakhoswe, jantcha, igundwane! Ndiyaxolisa makhaya!

  23. subaira armitage says:

    Where’s the MK577bn report??? Mungofuna kuipitsa dzina la boma la 2019. Tikatenga boma mu 2019 nkhani yoyamba kuthana nayo ndi ya MK577bn. UDF, DPP and PP zonse mbava zokha zokha, if Malawi was a free country all these parties would have been disbanded.

  24. Mbuya says:

    MCP NDI KACHANINSO ABALE? 25 YEARS ALI KU OPPOSITION! Ngati analephera John Tembo kuwina boma palibenso wina wa ku MCP angawine! Ngati analephera Gwanda Chakwamba! Enanu mungozibvuta. Kulongolora ndi kwanu koma ife akumwera “we have the numbers and experience to win elections whether by hook or crook” Hahahahahaha inu mudakadikira mwina pakatha zaka 50 zinanso ndi mmene MCP ingalamulire. Let this generation go so that the new generation should not know what the atrocities that MCP committed.

  25. DAVID KWALIRA says:

    WHERE IS PWC REPORT ???

    WHERE IS BAKER TILLY
    REPORT ???

    WE ARE 10 MONTHS DOWN
    THE LADDER WITH NOTHING
    COMING OUT WHY ???

  26. Biti Benson wa MCP says:

    Fundoless leave my MCP alone,mbava ndizomwe zidaba 577 bilion seconded by PP then UDF not MCP.mukanapelabe ng’ooooooooooooo

  27. Chatsika says:

    MCP simugona nayo mpaka 2019 ngo. Chakwera boma!

  28. Apao Kugola says:

    There is no debatable connection with MCP in this story neither is John Tembo implicated without doubt. The story is not clear. There should be a clear connection that John Tembo had facilitated the stealing of Government money through Jyce Banda. Joyce Banda could have used her money (clean or otherwise) to weaken MCP, but no connection with Tembo in the stealing.

    Palibe mulandu. Za uchitsiru. Tisiyeni ife a MCP ndi nyansi zanuzo.

  29. Pwevupwevu says:

    Thetsani chipani cha MCP mwamsangamsanga. If MCP cash-gated while outside government, what more if they are in Government

  30. Tonny says:

    MCP is not corrupt

  31. MCP Boma says:

    MCP is really giving people sleepless nights. Everyone is trying so hard to do some image damage of Chakwera MCP. The saying goes empty tins make the most noise. As MCP, We will just be watching you until you get tired

  32. sheshea says:

    577 billion kwacha ndiye ikhale nkhanitu DPP woyee

  33. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Just shows how corrupt, Joyce Banda , her PP and MCP are corrupt!

    Joy ubwera liti tidzakukwizinge?

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