‘Cashgate’ fugitive Limumba Karim should be prosecuted in absentia – DPP

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale has asked the High Court in Lilongwe that   businessman Limumba Karim who is on a the run in  the K2.4 billion money laundering case and is suspected to be  hiding in South Africa should  be prosecuted in his absence .

DPP Mary Kachale: Kachale :Lumumba Karim should be tried in absentia

Lumumba escaped the country when he was expected to  plead to  counts of money laundering in which former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo, 18 civil servants and contractors are accused of defrauding government of K2.4 billion through theft and money laundering.

Lawyer Wapona Kita claimed Karim went to South Africa for medical treatment. But Kita has since stopped representing Karim.

Top prosecutor Kachale  who asked the court to revoke Karim’s bail and issue arrest warrant has made an application to continue with the case  against Karim.

“If the court finds him guilty, he should be convicted and sentenced  even in his abscence,” said Kachale.

She argued that there is a provision in Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code which gives the powers to the court to do so.

Judge Esmie Chombo revoked  Karim bail and ordered an arrest warrant be issued against him.

Karim is  facing charges alongside Mphwiyo and others, including civil servants such as former Accountant General David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi and Roosevelt Ndovi. The list of suspects also includes contractors.

Others are George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and convict Maxwell Namata who are facing charges of fraud, negligence by public office, money laundering, theft by public servant, theft by servant and conspiracy to defraud government funds amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.

Also charged is an expert in information technology (IT) Steve Likhunya Phiri . Others are Stafford Mpoola, Andrew Patrick Chilalika, Fatch Chungano,  Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi, Gerald Magaleta Phiri  and  Ndaona Satema.

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6 years ago

Why is the RSA accommodating Malawi fugitives? What legal hutches are there in accommodating someone who gruesomely murdered a defenseless girl or one who stole from poor tax payers? You are not helping us bwana Zuma. Perhaps there is no extradition treaty.

6 years ago

Mjiba have your eyesand ears wide open. it Appears you are knowledgeable but misallocate the use your knowledge to demean the DPP. Just a reminder Misonzi Chamthunya is still held in South African prisons due to legal hitches raised by the government there while they know the seriousness of the crime allegedly committed . To avoid delays of the above nature the DPP has resorted to trial in absentia. Please desist from making comments in areas you hve limited knowledge in Thats why tne Rwandan government tried their own in absentia so that once caught and handed over to them,… Read more »

6 years ago

our top prosecutor dont you know that he can be tracked even if he is in South Africa. Open your eyes and use the vast resources at your disposal. What a shame

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