Judge adjourns Mphwiyo’s K2.4 billion Cashgate trial to May 18

The High Court in Lilongwe has adjourned to May 18 2019  a K2.4 billion Cashgate case involving former budget director Paul Mphwiyo and 18 others.

Mphwiyo: Facing Cashgate charges

The adjournment followed cross examination of  Frank Mwangwaya, the chief accountant at the Accountant General and witness number 30 in the case.in which Mphwiyo and 18 others were charged with conspiracy to defraud government, holding property belonging to government, theft, money laundering, fraudulently issuing 24 cheques worth K2.4 billion, abuse of public office and usage of proceeds of crime.

Mwangwaya said the suspects fed the  Information Financial Integrated Management Systems (Ifmis) software with wrong information so that it authorized bogus and dubious payments.

“The Ifmis  does not work on its own. It relies on humans to feed it with information before any payment is authorized,” said Mwangwaya.

He said the suspects, who include former accountant general  David Kandoje and a senior accountant Kazombo Mwale might have fed Ifmis with the wrong information in order to cash on the loot.

Witness number 31 is expected to take on the witness box in the court when the court resumes sitting.

Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale is prosecuting the case while the trial judge is Esmie Chombo, who had to delay her retirement in order to conclude the case.

Mphwiyo’s shooting outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe in September 2013 led to revelations of the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill called Cashgate.

Former president Joyce Banda ordered a forensic audit which was undertaken by a British firm, RSM ( formerly Baker Tilly), covering the period between April and September 2013.

The audit established that about K24 billion was siphoned from the public coffers through dubious payments, inflated invoices of 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 reconciled between 2009 and December 31 2014.

However, the K577 billion figure was later revised downwards to K236 billion by another British forensic auditor.

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phakamani mahlambi
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mpaka kuvalira ma uniform a mlakho wa alomwe ku milandu ku khoti. zilikoliko ku nyasalande, its just a matter of time!!!!

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Mufuna azungu anu a camba aja opanda ma address abwereso ,acina TILLEY BAKER azatibeleso kawili.

Kalanga
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Kalanga

Shame on the Judiciary of Malawi! Whatever technicalities you want to employ to delay justice, we just don’t care anymore! We know the rot is very much within you. That is why we have convicts out on bail, we can all see this!!!

National CEO
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National CEO

Some are already out from prison while some have not yet been judged on the same case. Is this Justice?

Kapado Chimuthawirenji
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Justice delayed is justice denied. If you can’t find evidence , just acquit him, don’t waste our money for nothing. We are tired.

Paperback
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I am a thief. My President is a thief. We are both very happy.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Angofufuma nazo ndlama zathu. Joisi has the whole story to tell paja anamuombera phwiyo akumudziwa. Shit idiot woman
Corruptive heads.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

This case is a king too long it’s becoming suspicious. Everybody knows that Mphwiyo and the 18 thieves are guilty. Just lock them up!

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

I recall Abhiti Kazhigeti telling the nation that she knew who shot Mphwiyo (and the cashgate reasons). She is now hiding in mkhundu mwa Chakwera wakwera joisi using cashgate and jetgate money to the fake accent ex-reverend to cushion the mkhundu.

Favour of Yahweh
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Mphwiyo, Joyce Banda is enjoying with her family, yet you and the team she used you are struggling. She is using the cashgate money to fund MCP Chakwera. Kasambala was looking for her to give evidence, but is quite. Use your head, look now you’re in trouble man.

Mlakaviwa
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Mlakaviwa

Yina ija ya 250 billion sakuyikamba bwa