Makande arrested in Malawi ‘cashgate’: Turns himself to ACB

Former ruling People’s Party (PP) spokesman Hophmally Makande has been arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Tuesday morning after he turned himself in.

Makande:  Arrested

Makande: Arrested

According to ACB spokesman Egritta Ndala, Makande handed himself over to the bureau after he heard that the body was looking for him in Blantyre.

Nyasa Times had earlier reported that Makande, Brown Mpinganjira, a senior government official in the former Joyce Banda administration, would be next to face arrest

“He has been arrested on suspected charge of conspiring to defraud government contrary to section 35 of the corrupt practices Act. The charge is in relation to the ongoing investigation into Cashgate,” reads part of the statement signed by Ndala.

She said Makande will be taken to court after the bureau has recorded a caution statement .

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’,  is on record telling the court  in his attempted murder case that Mpinganjira warned him that former Justice Minister and Attorney Ralph Kasambara – who was arrested in connection with the shooting, and Makande, had given him “ten days to live” unless he honoured certain government payments.

Kasambara, who has been charged with conspiracy to murder Mphwiyo, denies the charges. He is on trial alongside four others, including a former soldier who is said, according to court papers, to have been one of the two hired ‘contract killers’.

Mphwiyo is also under arrest. His 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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Domi Phambana

apanidwe mpaka abweze zonse,amine kuti mfiiiiii!

Alex Matinga

Wawa Bammbo Makande!! Lyo!Lyoo!lyoooooo! PP woyeee! Mwana weniweni wa mayi chiongolelo ameneyu. WATCH OUT GWENGWE!!

Think Tank

@ Blues,let us not be carried away with our imaginations. German has given almost 10billion kwacha to audit 2009-12 period when these audit querries arise. Germans are not fools to play silly games and throw about monies. Pati biii pali munga. Those of 13billion are facing it now. The 92b culprits wish time stands still to avoid their destined fate.


Ogonakukhomo kosatseka akulumidwa ,udzudzu kundende kikikikikiki ine ndiri mu net yanga ndi akazanga pheee ,

wa ku Mitchesi kuja

Inu ACB, musamaulule m’mene mukuchitila ma “investigation” ai. Kwenikweni za JB. Musapuse nazo; mwina akamva, sazabwela. We want her in Zomba Maximum!


Ndale zakumalawi zimenezo….DPP ikadzachokanso nkhani za cashgate zidzakhalaponso


Mukunama , Makande? Makande wake uti? Bodza lankunkhuniza. Nda amuna amenewa ogona kukhomo kosatseka, sangamangidwe.

Mapwiya Mng'onong'ono
Mapwiya Mng'onong'ono

ndiye mwati Makande ndi mamuna sangamangidwe? Ngati muli ndi makutu mwina by now mwamva


Put cashgaters in a cooler without mercy but next be 92 billion cashgaters dead or alive. All must face justice & make sure they return all the cash to government. Malawians be careful the returned cashgate money can be cashgated by DPP since our focus is only on PP. Mark my words!


Tiye nayoni anasimbwa agalu amenewa. By the way, where is JB THIS TIME ROUND? HAS SHE COME BACK FROM WHERE SHE WENT TO BEG AFTER THE CASH GATE STOPPED?

sifiso gebuza

a makande ndiye sizimakuthelani, chaposachedwapa munamangidwanso pa milandu ija ya ‘kangwazi’ ndi mbaza zomwezi za chilomwezi pano ndiye zikukakamirani koopsya mukathera konko basi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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