Yesaya fails to take plea in K201m cashgate: 13 plead ‘not guilty’

Emmanuel Yesaya , one of the accused person in which 13 other people, among them government accountants and a private sector individual, are accused of allegedly conspiring to steal K201 million ($358,929) from government in 2011, did  not take a plea on his alleged role in the scam after his lawyer raised preliminary objection as the rest pleaded not guilty.

Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director: Prosecuting

Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director: Prosecuting

Yesaya did not plea on the three counts of theft, money laundering and conspiracy to commit a felony.

His lawyer, Innocent Kubwalo, argued that his client was discharged because the prosecution failed to commence trial on time.

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director general Reyneck Matemba told the court that there was no proof that the prosecution was aware of the order to discharge Yesaya.

Presiding judge Charles Mkandawire said it will on November 25 decide whether Yesaya, who is charged with money laundering K27.4 million, should be charged or if indeed he was acquitted.

Pleading “not guilty” to the charges levelled against them included Cornelius Kaphantengo, who was director of Nova Technology and General Dealers. He has been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony, theft and money laundering while his wife, Yvonne, is co-accused on the same counts.

Other co-accused persons who pleaded not guilty are Chikondi Chimutu, whose charge of theft involves K18.3 million of the K201 million, Deusdedit Tenthani who allegedly got a share of K16.2 million, Tendai Nayeja (K27.1 million), Audney Kamitengeni (K9.9 million), Conrad Nambala (K38.4 million), Justina Nyirenda charged with abuse of public office as she was an accounts assistant in the Accountant General’s office and Squire Chakwana charged with theft of K10.7 million.

Others are Jimmy Mbuliro whose theft charge is K3 million, Wides Machika Mbuliro (K0.5 million), Tapiwa Ng’oma (K9.1 million) and Khumbo Banda (K2.7 million).

The accused are believed to be the genesis of Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill through abuse of government’s central payment system, Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis).

Judge Mkandawire has since set December 11 2015 as the date when prosecution should start proving its case against the suspects.

In 2013, the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo led to revelations of the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

Former president Joyce Banda ordered an audit which British forensic auditor, Baker Tilly, undertook between April and September 2013 which established that about K24 billion was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services never rendered.

In May this year, a financial analysis report by audit and business advisory firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 31 2014.

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16 thoughts on “Yesaya fails to take plea in K201m cashgate: 13 plead ‘not guilty’”

  1. Sindi says:

    After these series, tax evasion charges will follow as none of these guys paid tax on the stolen money

  2. James kotoki says:

    Kodi peter Muthalika mukuwopa kumumanga.he has a hand in this too

  3. Jerejede says:

    it seems like ma merchant ambiri are maula bound or are at maula compass-kodi azitingulira mtonjani dani mwasentimu!!!

  4. BECHI says:

    Amangidwe basi no mercy on them.

  5. ntha..... says:

    aYesaya. ife timadabwa makolo anu kuwamangira chinyumba kumudzi kuNsalu ndi mdalama zakuba zoona. Munthu atakuberani K5m munyumba yanu ku A18 you did not even report the matter to police. Now I know you are thief. You leaved an extravagant live making us look like fools opanda ma plan. Look now, you are destined for jail. Kwanu wasukulu ndi wekha. Usova

  6. Decent Citizen says:

    Its time all these thieves were arrested.Ndiye kaya pano pali atumbuka?Si agule okhaokha?Whether some body is tumbuka or not a thief remains a thief.Forfeit all their illgotten properties that the were building within a month using our hard earned taxes.They were changing cars like underwears.Now its pay back time.Lock them and throw away the keys in Lingadzi river.They should never see a day light again.

  7. Lawyer says:

    Who is Liwonde kodi? How is Liwonde coming in pa nkhani iyi? nanga zoti Reyneck has a relative ku MRA zugwilizana bwanji ndi nkhaniyi? School us please

  8. chitsa boys says:

    Osawasiya amangidwe amenewo akutukwanisa boma awa

  9. moyawankazi says:

    so disappointed with Cornelius. Never thought they could such a thing. Ndalama zokha abale

  10. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    The story of cashgate has now become a song where we read words like: Genisis, Revelation, syphoning,looting, laundering and otherlike. But I believe that this song will be abundoned God cannot allow the money of poor peaple be imbezzled or swandled in such a silly way.

  11. mlanjira says:

    Timadabwatu ife nyumba zonse ku area 43 amanga agalu amenewa kuti kodi ife tikulephera pati. Fotseki

  12. everybody wants a prado says:

    tanenaninso bwino bwino. ndikumva ngati mukuti a judge ziwatengela 20 days from today kuti afufuze ngati munthuyu anapangidwa acquit. ma cashgater, no mater what mickey mouse delaying tactics you may play, those that died in our hospitals because of you are waiting for justice. we will not forget until you bring back our loved ones.

    ma judge, the world is watching and laughing at your incompetence. you’re not only embarrasing yourselves but the entire nation as well because of your faliure to try and complete these cases. mukudzionetsa obalalika nonse. 20 days to check court records? seriously?

  13. pido says:

    Tilowa mmodzimmodzi. Ngwazi yotiimilira ndi iyi ikunamizira kudwalayi. Imadwala bwanji ikapita ku prison kokha

  14. Mzungumbuli says:

    Truth will be truth even if rejected by many. Kodi munthu adzapindulanji atadzikundikira chuma pa dziko lino lapansi koma nkukalephela kulowa mu ufumu wa Mulungu?????

  15. Kamtazi says:

    When will you start investigating Liwonde who has built himself mansions and has a number of undeveloped plots?
    We are tired of timausipa achejumo Ali kuti

  16. zomba bound says:

    Amayi ndi amene a mutumo Reneck Ndi nephew wawo Liwonde kuti agwetse boma la DPP ndinkhani iyi. Iwe Reneck wasiya liti kupita kwa si nganga kuti utenge udindo wa a bwana ako. Wayiwala uli ndi mlamu wako wa Tax ku MRA. A siye ana chifukwa zako zikudera ndi Liwonde yo.

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