Gun shot survivor former budget director Paul Mphwiyo is still facing charges in connection to the cashgate scandal.
Mphwiyo was arrested in 2014 on charges of money laundering, theft and conspiracy to defeat course of justice. His wife, Thandie Mphwiyo, was also charged with money laundering and theft.
Commentators believe Mphwiyo masterminded the looting of government resources, Cashgate scandal, and his shooting in 2013 was due to a deal gone bad between him and the three men convicted.
He is on trial with 18 others, including civil servants such as former Accountant General David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi and Roosevelt Ndovi, but also contractors such as Stafford Mpoola.
Other suspects are businessman Limumba Karim, an expert in information technologies (IT) Steve Likhunya Phiri, George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and 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 K2 446 817 450.49.
Mphwiyo’s shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to US $30 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.
High Court last month convicted a former justice minister Ralph Kasamabra and two others of conspiracy to murder Mphwiyo.
Kasambara was accused of conspiring to murder Mphwiyo, while former Malawi Defense Force soldier Macdonald Kumwembe and businessperson Pika Manondo were jailed for attempting to murder and conspiring to murder.
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.