Malawi govt set up unit to confiscate all ‘Cashgate assets’, recover money

Malawi government has launched  a special unit that will be responsible for confiscating wealth proven to have originated from proceeds of crime, primarily Cashgate, Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs  has confirmed.

Solicitor General Janet Chikaya-Banda: Unit for forfeiture set up

An Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) will facilitate the State’s wish to recover all assets originating from proceeds of various financial crimes.

Solicitor General Janet Banda, who is Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs,  said the unit  established through the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) will work hand in hand with the Attorney General and the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) and other law enforcing agencies.

Banda said  Dr Jean Priminta has been designated as  coordinator while Dziko Malunda is the deputy coordinator.

“We have administratively set up the unit awaiting functional review,” Banda said.

She said the officers were currently working on draft terms of reference.

The European Union (EU) will also provide technical support to the Director of Public Prosecutions in helping to acquire skills to investigate and prosecute cases of money laundering as well as to undertake asset forfeiture at the conclusion of cases, according to EU head of politics, press and information office James Dolan.

Section 30 of the Penal Code gives powers to the court to order forfeiture of any property belonging to any person convicted of, among others, corruption, extortion by public officer receiving property to show favour and corrupt practices.

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) welcomed the development but cautioned that such a unit should be backed by a strong legal framework to ensure that the recovered assets and resources are not abused again.

Malawi Law Society (MLS) president  Khumbo Soko said while the idea was interesting, the society would await details of the proposed operations and legislation of the unit before making comment.

Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi’s history. It has affected the country’s relations with donors and caused outrage among Malawians.

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benjones
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HOPE THE RECOVERED CASHGATE MONEY AND PROPERTY IS NOT GOING TO BE RECOVERY GATED AND END UP EITHER IN THE ACCOUNT OF MUTHARIKA’S OR THE MANY GUPTAS.

Nganya
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Nganya

When such assets are forfeited there will be need for proper guidelines on how they will be disposed so that government recovers the stolen funds. No selling within yourselves. No one within the system or government will have to buy these assets. There will be need for an independent valuer with good reputation to value the assets and auctioning will be done in public with minimum expected bid value etc
Otherwise it will be cashgate on cashgate, a shame which we don’t want.

mchisala
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mchisala

Asset forfeiture must apply to assets whose sources can not be properly explained and strongly suspected to be proceeds of financial crimes and NOT only at the conclusion of financial crimes cases

liberal democrats
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liberal democrats

round and round we go , this is Nyasaland

President of Laughing At Malawi Government
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President of Laughing At Malawi Government

And in the next 10 years we will still be talking about the forfeiture unit with zero implementation! Malawi kudziko kokhala anthu odwala okhaokha who walk and work at a speed slower than a snail!

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