DPP presses ACB to produce K4.2bn cashgate beneficiary list

Director of Public Prosecutions ( DPP ) Mary Kachale has applied to the Lilongwe High Court for a production notice order to force Anti Corruption Bureau director release a document believed to contain some serious information related to a case involving convicted former tourism assistant Leonard Kalonga.

Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director: Prosecuting, says issues being handled by ACB investigations  department
Reyneck Matemba ACB deputy director: Prosecuting, says issues being handled by ACB investigations department

Kachale made the application Monday before presiding Judge Fiona Mwale asking the court to intervene and issue a production order to the ACB to release a document to contain details of how cashgate money were being distributed among the beneficiaries which the investigators of the body got when they searched the house of Kalonga.

Kalonga was convicted on his own plea of guilty for stealing K3.7 billion ($6.3 million) in the ongoing Cashgate trials.

The top prosecutor told the court that her office has failed to solve the issue internally as she has been asking the ACB director general Lucas Kondowe to release the document since last year but up to now she is yet to be served with it.

“I as the DPP was not aware of its [the document] existence,” said Kachale.

She said the document is “vital” in as far as Cashgate cases are concerning to know the distribution list of cashgate money.
Kachale also said her colleague leading in Cashgate prosecution, Reyneck Matemba who is ACB Deputy Director General were not aware of the said document until when they were asked by the defence lawyer of Kalonga why the state is not bringing it in court which can help them to know the truth that Korong was just a distributor and a messenger of plundered money.

The DPP told the court that her call to have the document has yielded nothing, and asked the court to issue a production order to ACB director to release the said document.

“We failed to resolve the matter internally,” she said.

According to Kachale a caution statement that was recorded during questioning with ACB investigator Kondwani Zulu on 22 October 2013 has some questions about the said document.

“I’m not turning against my sister arm in government but this is about justice and we need to ensure justice “, Kachale told Nyasa Times outside the court.

When she was asked if the public must read much into it, Kachale said she has done this deliberately for the public to know having failed to get the said document.

But defence lawyer, Theu has asked the court to throw away the application as that issue doesn’t concern the court as it is their internal matters between the two offices.

Meanwhile Justice Fiona Mwale has set the date of 2nd March 2016 as the day the court will make a ruling on the application.

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Mbolo ibweresa chibale
Mbolo ibweresa chibale
4 years ago

Mary Kachale try to be professional for once. I just hope the document has signatures aginst each name otherwise it can be fake. All the same goodluck guys.

John kamwela
John kamwela
4 years ago

Mary is being childish and playing to the gallery as usual. They aren’t supposed to wash dirty linen in public

4 years ago

Kodi 577 billion mukuyibisa bwanji adpp nanga nakgate ili pati?

4 years ago

Mr Lucas, you are an employee of Malawians and MUST at all times work in the interest of Malawians. If for whatever reasons you find yourself against the interests of Malawians, you must be prepared to face the consequences of such behaviour. Every Malawian is very awake after our politicians connived with public servants to loot us of our hard earned tax money.

4 years ago

Has Lucas Kondowe joined the bandwagon of criminals who are destroying our beautiful nation? Shame on Kondowe! La 40 likwana pompano, the gods have risen against all oppressors in Malawi

tulo amalawi
4 years ago

double standards ACB directors please parliamenterians help Kachale to get these documents from the so called ACB politicians no wonder that why 577 is not coming out. help kaolnga please justice has to be done

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