Judge fails to turn up for Malawi army cashgate case due to lack of money

Judge Redson Kapindu of the High Court on Wednesday failed to turn up for a high profile Malawi Defense Force (MDF) cashgate case involving former commander of the Malawi Army Henry Odillo because judiciary had not funded the hearing of the case.

Judiciary spokesperson Mlenga Mvula said Judge Kapindu, who is a resident judge in Zomba, needed money for transport and accommodation for the case in Lilongwe.

Odillo, his second in command during the Joyce Banda administration between 2012 and 2013 and three others are accused of corruption and abuse of office, theft of public money amounting to K5 billion, a staggering figure in Malawi’s poor economy.

They are accused, in some instances, of making payments for arms not delivered to the MDF warehouses.

Mvula said the Judiciary is making arrangements to fund the case.

“We have to part with transport, accommodation and other expenses. Once this is done, the case will resume,” said Mvula.

One of the suspects in the case, Alexander Kambewa Banda will have his case heard in South Africa where he is based.

The case was last heard in the court in November.

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Shame on the judge and the entire judiciary. For a while now our judiciary has been escaping and hiding their own rot and ineptness in correcting societies evil doings in bringing up a just and fair Malawi. Malawi Justice system is almost collapsing with rampant corruption and fingers are pointed only at the Police and the ACB. I say the worst corrupt institution in Malawi is the judiciary. There is no way a judge can fail to go to Lilongwe to hear a case of cashgate. What about the fuel allocation that the judge gets per month in his hefty… Read more »

Malawi land of disrespect.

Ambulaje Ambuje

But if it were to probe maize issue then funding would be made available yet no money has been stolen. Here we are talking of Mk5billion which was already stolen and we fail to provide an allowance for one judge. Shame on those in authority. This shows that they are not serious with these cases since they also benefited from the same. Why can’t they use the money that were reposed from other suspects and fund these activities????????????????

Thafale Elliot

Malawi everyday we are talking taught about the same thing now its beyond the limit what kind of pipo are we cashgate everyday can’t we think about the poor? Now being a Malawian its lyk somebody waika chipika chamoto on top of ur head eeesh


Honestly just drop thz cases coz both the judge and the judiciary plus the government are lucking seriousness.

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