Kalonga implicates Mphwiyo as Cashgate kingpin, testifies in Malawi High Court on looting crusade

Former  Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’,  has been implicated to have lured  Leonard Kalonga, a former assistant director in the Ministry of Tourism,  who was convicted  over  Cashgate corruption scandal, according to testimonies in court.

Cashgate master Mphwiyo and his wife coming from the court.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate shame: Convict Maxwell Namata hides hide shis face.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Cashgate suspect Mpoola coming out of court.-Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Kalonga told the High Court in Lilongwe presided by Justice Esmie Chombo that he knew some of the accused persons personally as friends before the cashgate issue while others he came to know them due to the cashgate scheme.

“While working with the ministry of tourism, I had a friend who I had known for some time after we developed a friendship as he had bought me few cars from my business; his name was Mr. Makina who was working at the accountant general office.

“In April 2013, he was in diplomatic posting going to Harare , as a friend I escorted him to the airport and while chatting there, I kept envying him for the lucky as everyone in those days envy to work in diplomatic mission. It was through this chat that he said I can introduce to you to the people who matter in government for you to excel in your career as well as if you want to cherish the dreams of being posted to diplomatic mission.

“I remember he made a call to this top official whilst I was there unfortunately he didn’t pick the call but he just sent a text message telling me he will call me but in case he doesn’t, he gave me his number without a name, the number is in one of my phone in custody of ACB (Anti Corruption Bureau) but I can recall it had more 3s,” Karonga narrated to the court Kalonga

According to Kalonga after he got home he called the number and the gentleman agreed with him to meet the same week Saturday at Total filling station along Ufulu Gardens lodge behind the Petroda filing station which was opposite Area 30 police at 9am.

Kalonga told the court that it was at this meeting that he realised that the said top official was one Paul Mphwiyo even before the introduction after he saw the car it was coming which was latest SUV/ USV Mercedes Benz which in that year it was first of its kind in Lilongwe and as a car dealer he used to admire the car every time he saw it on the road hence he knew it was for Mphwiyo.

He said it was at that meeting that Mphwiyo told him that he would link him to “the people that matter in government.2

Mphwiyo asked him to corporate and fund People’s Party which was in government using ministry money and he will help if incorporate one influential person like chief accountant from his office.

“I was excited, the following Monday I talked to our ministry Chief Accountant Mr George Banda (cash gate suspect too) of the issue and he said he ever heard of it in grapevine but wasn’t sure if indeed that works to fund a political party in government without being caught.

“We were all excited looking at the rewards like promotion, being sent to diplomatic posting and monetary rewards especially like me been working as assistant director in the ministry of tourism for ten years without any promotion so too was my colleague GN Banda hence we agreed to give it a try.” narrated Kalonga .

Kalonga told the court how Mphwiyo gave him instructions to write for extra funding outside their votes and how he recruited some contractors to be used to cash the cheques on trust that they get 10 percent share from the money they will cash from the cheques

He identified most of the contractors who are answering different charges of money laundering and lending a certificate for impersonation in the case having worked with them and some being the one he used to siphon the money.

“I personally dealt with Madula construction, WEK construction, Kanengo building contractors, Makhausi Construction, Walusako General Dealers, Faith Construction, Paol logistics, Kamu Civil engineering , Protem civil engineering, standard freight services and Megan construction.WG construction, Stadal building contractors, Image contractors, Dan construction were recruited by Mr. Mphwiyo.

“ Along the scheme, faith construction introduced to me Mchemani construction, Mr. Namata brought in Harry civil engineering, Mr. Mphatso (suspect too) brought in Valema construction while WG construction brought in Sky blue construction.”

Kalonga testimony continues tomorrow ,Tuesday 10th January, 2017 at Civic offices chamber from 9am.

He is testifying in a case in which  Mphwiyo, 18 civil servants and contractors are accused of defrauding government of K2.4 billion through theft and money laundering.

Mphwiyo and others, including civil servants such as former Accountant General David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi and Roosevelt Ndovi. The list of suspects also includes contractors.

Others are George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and convict 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 funds amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.

Also charged is an expert in information technology (IT) Steve Likhunya Phiri . Others are  fugitive Limumba Karima, Stafford Mpoola, Andrew Patrick Chilalika, Fatch Chungano,  Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi, Gerald Magaleta Phiri  and  Ndaona Satema.

Mphwiyo’s shooting unravelled ‘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.

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.

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sukulu
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@Chiling’oma, you sound so nervous…. why??? Calm down.

Chiling'oma
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Kalonga is lying. He’s been influenced by DPP to cook up false allegations against PP and Amayi. Read the above story carefully. 1. Mr Makina, while travelling to the Airport, told Kalonga “he will link him to people that matter in government” to get diplomatic posts and realize his cherished dreams. Mr Makina immediately phoned someone who Kalonga alleges was Mphwiyo. When Kalonga meets “Mpwiyo” for the first time Mpwiyo also tells Kalonga “he will link him to people that matter in government”. Which people mattered in govt that both Makina and “Mpwiyo” referred to? When Makina talked about the… Read more »
Hoitty
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Mphwiyo umbava kufuna kufelapo mpaka. Koma anthu munatasa inu. Koma kwatsala ma minister a DPP nao ayankhepo. Kuyambila anthu a ku diplomatic mission omwe anaba ma allowance a DRC a ma soldier nthawi yomwe anali ku UN Supuni ndi min of foreign affairs Chaponda pamodzi ndi Bowler. Zitangoululika munadziwa kuti UN ikumangani ur fellow mbava Peter removed you from UN foreign affairs to shield you..fokolo

Ben
Guest

On Mphwiyo evidence zero,guys milandu kumaitsata,am not backing him koma even Muli inuyo,munthu kukumana Mu Benz basi ukakhale Umboni??

Achimwene
Guest
Abale anzanga, Malawi is far gone on issues like this. Full of lies and thefts in the government, that’s why I don’t want to work in the government. Anthu okuba ndi a njiru ndi amene zawo akuti zikuwayendera bwino through mismanagement of government money. Ku MDF with the MDF Commander – Supuni being the No. 1 mbava. I still really don’t understand how Maulana was sucked as to me it shows the leadership is as well one of the top mbava as he is condoning liars and thieves. Wake up Malawi and bring back “Amayi” to answer what she knows… Read more »
NAB
Guest

Nkhani ndimeneyo, Akam lee po ndi MrCloud (Mr Mtambo from MHRC) muli kuti? Nanga muyankhulapo chiyani apa? kkkkkkkkk. Zagwera pa mphuno ya Kamlepo ndipo sazalankhulanso .Onse okubawa amangidwe ndipo ma key akatayidwe ku Lake Malombe.. I would love if all the so called CSOs to comment on the issue. Kaya poti nonse ndinu akuba simunenapo kanthu. Koma akanati ndi a boma eeshhhh.

Fidel Castro
Guest

Mphwiyo ukangotsogola ku ndende basi mkazi ndatenga. Tikwata ameneyo.

mjiba
Guest

Bravo Kalonga wulula zonse. What about Makina poti it appears that his posting to the mission in Harare was a reward for stealing for Paul Mphwiyo, pamenepo Kalonga wulula Makina waba zingati kuti mpakana athandizidwe kupezeka akupita ku diplomatic posting ya PP. Tchwee mwana Tchweee PP woyeeee Oh Yes Amayi munakhazikika scheming ndi ma PS anu late Namathanga, Kandonje, late Njanji, Former Army Commander ndi Deputy wawo, Chisawawa of the highest order. Amayi muzabwelanso ku Malawi Kuno pokuti tsopano mulanduwu mufunika muzayikile umboni ha ha kkkk Cashgate woyeeeee

Vyanusi
Guest

Ine pera magzu ghamala. Tunyatunya yese yura zikaba ndalama za unkhungu. PP watinyaza.
Tikazizwanga kuti makopala bakumwazika bakufuma kochi?

santana
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Kamlepo where are you? We need your comment here. So all this clandestine PP actions escaped Kamlepo’s wide eyes but could easily see Chaponda’s deals in Zambia? Koma kuli gule.

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