Lawyer Chioko nabbed, Chibvunde arrest warrant obtained: Malawi cashgate crackdown

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has arrested lawyer Ishmael Chioko in relation to the “cashgate” scandal, a systematic looting of public money, Nyasa Times has learnt.

Chioko: Arrested

Chioko: Arrested

ACB confirmed the arrest of Chioko, saying he was nabbed following leads after the arrest of the country’s former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo and his wife Thandi

Chioko arrests comes after politician Hophmally Makande handed himself in to the graft busting body when he learnt that a warrant of arrest for him was obtained.

ACB deputy director Reyneck Matemba has said the graft busting body was out to make more arrests.

Nyasa Times also understands that an arrest warrant has been obtained against former ruling  People’s Party (PP) official, Ephraim Chibvunde.

Chibvunde is PP’s Deputy Director of Political Affairs.

Investigators from the ACB quizzed Chibvunde on various issues in connection to the ‘Cash-Gate’ scandal.

Others reportedly on the arrests radar include former ministers Brown Mpinganjira and Henry Phoya.

Justice Minister Samuel Tembenu said new wave of arrests will involve high profile personalities suspected to have played a role in the plundering of public coffers at Capital Hill.

Tembenu said: “The evidence that we have uncovered is clear that the fraud was properly and meticulously planned, carefully coordinated and skilfully executed.”

Mphwiyo who was arrested on Saturday for money laundering charges, is on record telling the High Court  that former justice minister Ralph Kasambara ( already answering  cashgate related charges) through Pika Manondo, Kasambara’s friend Patrick Gadama popularly known as ‘Gada’ and former spokesperson of the People’s Party (PP) Hophmally Makande are individuals who were pressurising him to approve payments to some companies, among them Glens Waterways and Deco/Terrastone which was claiming K9 billion.

He said the Secretary to the Treasury told him not to honour the payments as they were claimed in bad faith.

Mphwiyo told the court that Pika and Gada, sent by Kasambara, went to his house several times where he was told that if he did not make the payment, he would lose his life and they would make it look like a deal gone sour.

But a call from then minister of Information and Civic Education Brown Mpinganjira that he had been informed by Kasambara that he was refusing to approve the payments prompted him to go to Kasambara and tell him that he would not be intimidated.

Mphwiyo, whose shooting incident on September 13 last year at the entrance of his home at night opened a pandoras box that led to Cashgate, was being used as a State witness in the shooting incident and money laundering cases.

 

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Azombwe
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Akuluakulu a Minister a justice akuti zithuzi zinali zokonza izi ndizoona. Things started with transfers. Monse munabedwa ndalama munali mutaikidwa anthu ansopano. Starting with Tourism they removed Mr Zenengeya. Replaced him with Senzani. Then Accountant General Mrs Banda was replaced by a person who had previously been removed from the same post because he had failed Kandoje, OPC Mr Matanda was replaced by Njanji then Makileni was promoted to PS and put at Local Government then of course Mpwiyo in Treasury. Note these people are from Zomba except Makileni and Senzani. Note the timing of the transfers. Mpwiyo was I… Read more »
Nawaoo
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rrrrrrrrrrrrr theeeeeeeee mayooooo akakutulukira…….sizimakoma!

Chemwali
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Malawi Law Society, can you please guide us here? Does it make sense for a lawyer who is being accused of an offense to represent another person in a case which clearly also implicates him? I would have thought that if a lawyer has been implicated in a legal matter he/she should temporarily be suspended from practice until all due process has been done? Wouldn’t such a situation compromise the whole legal process? I am not a lawyer/liar, but I believe what is happening with these “cashgate” cases will put the whole profession in disrepute. Just thinking aloud…

Chindazi
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ALL LAWYERS REPRESENTING CASHGATE PIPO WILL BE ARRESTED SINCE THEY ARE GIVING FALSE STATEMENTS IN COURT TO PROTECT THEIR CLIENTS,,,, AND CLIENTS GIVING FALSE INFORMATION TO THE ACB…. AND THE COURTS…..AS ADVISED BY THE LAWYERS……

LAWYERS… JUST TELL YOUR CLIENTS TO PLEAD GUILTY BASI……THEN YOU ARE SAFE…..KKKKKKK

LUTEPO………CAROL SAVALA… LORA SAVALA…… KALONGA…..KKKKKKKKK AND THE OTHER GROUP

George Lihoma.
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Wina andidzutse ndili mtulo pampando, ndimawonera Luntha Tv.
Muona.

chiefdastownhall
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Bravo ACB,atleast the untouchables have started to…ujeni.Cast the net wider to the AUDITOR GENERAL OFFICE,even those who have been transfered,the likes of A. H Kangombe, C.K Kameko,Olipa Mulivi,A.Maingo,O.Y Chikuzamutu and V.Maliro,these messrs owe Malawians explanations concerning remuneration or gratuities of 2012-2014 pensioners.ACB! ACB! ACB! HOW TIMES HAVE I CALLED YOU,PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE,PLIGHT OF RETIREES IS JUST PATHETIC,IF YOU WONT HELP, HELP WILL COME FROM SOMEWHERE BUT SHALL BE DOOMED TO LIVE IN SHAME!!!

Shimoshimo
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Tiyenazoni chilungamo chidziwike

DR. SAN- ABACHA . WAKUMALOWA -KWAMAGODI
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DR. SAN- ABACHA . WAKUMALOWA -KWAMAGODI

Sopano ngati akumangidwa lawyer ndiye kuti shaaa kikikikikiki koma odi uko .

Dineo
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Now I confirm : Lawyers are professional Thieves indeed!

loveness
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ACB are you telling me that no asians are involved as we do not see any arrests, all the posh life and money they have serious they have earned through hard work noooo they have siphoned from every corner. please ACB we want the truth and not the dilly dally you are playing.

Hard working weni weni Mwenye
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Hard working weni weni Mwenye

You forgot mazungu e.g busy busy Mr Bis My Worthy. I agree with you some dopey deals have made some Asians super rich tooo extra audaciously superly rich but not all rich people play the same game. Money hard earned is money well saved just saying.

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