High Court sends 10 convicts to prison for 2011 Cashgate

The High Court in Lilongwe has sentenced 10 people convicted of stealing and sharing among themselves K201 million ($358,929) from the government in 2011 to between two and five years imprisonment.

League of cashgate convicts

The convicts were involved in the theft and money laundering of K201 million ($358,929) from the then Ministry of Elderly and Disability Affairs through the Accountant General’s office.

Judge Charles Mkandawire convicted the 10 for offences of theft, money laundering, abuse of office and conspiracy to committing a felony.

The imprisoned convicts include Cornelius Kaphantengo who was director of Nova Technology and General Dealers and his wife Yvone, Chikondi Chimutu whose offence of theft involves K18.3 million of the K201 million, Deusdedit  Tenthani who got a share of K16.2 million ($28,929), Tendai Nayeja whose share was K27.1 million ($48,393), Conrad Nambala whose looted  K38.4 million, Squire Chakwana for  theft of K10.7 million.

Others are Tapiwa Ng’oma K9.1 million ($16,250) , Emmanuel Yesaya for K27.4 million and Wides Machika Mbuliro K.5 million.

Initiatlly there were 14 people, among them Justina  Nyirenda who  charged with abuse of public office as she was a an accounts assistant in the Accountant General’s office,

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 [now called RSM], undertook between April and September 2013 and established that about K24 billion was siphoned from public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices and goods or services never rendered.

In May 2015, 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. The K577 billion figure was later revised downwards to K236 billion in another forensic audit released in 2016.

Banda alleged that there must be a “stubborn link” between the K236 billion scam and Cashgate during a reign which she described as the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s  Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) since she just completed it from 2012 to 2014.

PwC, which was hired by the German government to work with the National Audit Office (NAO) on the exercise, detailed all payments on the Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) and matched bank statements against cashbook entries.

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George kawawa
George kawawa
3 years ago

A chikondi Chimutu okey ifetu timadabwa chinyumba mu amanga ku area 6 chija 😂😂kuti
Salary zake za boma zomweziii inuyo kufuna kuoneka dolo??zamanyazi and we need to confiscate all property owned by these criminals.kodi chimavuta ndi chani kumaba

ndele
ndele
3 years ago

seize their properties apo biii tilanda tokha, nde ndi ganyavutu

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba kutibera K145 million

The sentences are just too lenient. Very soon these thieves will be back. I thought theft by public servant attracts 14 years? Kodi madobadoba amataniko ku ma court. Immigration dobadobas. Road Traffic dobadobas. MRA dobadobas. Traffic Officers are the biggest thieves. The president too has a dobadoba in the name of Zameer. A Chakwera taliphulani dziko pa moto. A Chilima help. Even hospitals are demanding money through middle men called dobadobas.

Unfair Justice
Unfair Justice
3 years ago

The best is to get what they stole first. Get all their properties which they built with our public money. Arrest them later. Just arresting them for a few months what does the nation benefit? You feed them in prison. They come back and they continue from where they stopped. Useless justice.

Marumbo
3 years ago

Joice Banda the thief introduced this cashgate to young ones. Shupiti wumani.

Kaitano
Kaitano
3 years ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Nanga Sakumumanga bwanji? bodza ili!!!

Gona pa Muhanya
Gona pa Muhanya
3 years ago
Reply to  Marumbo

akuti 2011 nanga Joice Banda anali President nthawi imeneyi osamayankhula za DPP bwanji.

Chilungamo
Chilungamo
3 years ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Very stupid woman indeed, because she was already president of Malawi in 2011 when this theft was happening.
In she is again president as the journey of mass plundering of state resources continues

Malawian
3 years ago

Amenewo ndi ana akulu akulu akupezani kumaulako after 21 May

Kaitano
Kaitano
3 years ago

Which will translated into 3 months kikkkkkk DPP ati kuti tiziti akuthana ndi ka tanga le, koma amwene anthu awa anafunika chilango chachikulu osati sewela mukupangawa.

NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
NYABINGHE WARRIOUR
3 years ago

MBAVA ZINA ZA DPP ZILI MUNJIRA ZIKUBWERA ULENDO UMENEWO WHETHER THEY ARE LIKE IT OR NOT

Sikusinja
Sikusinja
3 years ago

Between 2 and 5 years basi?

lantern
lantern
3 years ago
Reply to  Sikusinja

Eti inu? Nde alandidwetu ma properties awowo

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