Mphwiyo case in camera as Kalonga feels betrayed on Cashgate affair

Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga who is being used as a State witness in the K2.4 billion scam has blames the People’s Party (PP) regime for failing to shield Cashgaters like himself and only shown signs to protect former Accountant General David Kandonje and former budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Cashgate convict Kalonga with relations outside Lilongwe High Court – Photo by Mphatso Nkhoma, Nyasa Times

Kandoje and Mphwiyo are among the 18 suspects charged with conspiracy to defraud government, holding property belonging to government, theft, money laundering, fraudulently issuing 24 cheques worth K2.4 billion, abuse of public office and usage of proceeds of crime.

“Mphwiyo assured us of total government protection in case of disciplinary actions against us. But this did not happen [when the long arm of the law caught up with us,” said Kalonga at the High Court in Lilongwe which is sitting at Civic Offices.

Kalonga said when he was being cross-examined by Mphwiyo’s lead attorney Titus Mvalo.

He said it was hurting to him that after successfully executed the looting of public money in the Cashgate affair, the Joyce Banda administration betrayed him and others by failing to offer protection from arrest and prosecution.

One of the defence lawyers Shadreck Mhango argued that Kalonga’s testimony was tainted by virtue of his “deceitfulness and dishonesty.”

But Kalonga said his testimony is not out of anger or vengeance.

“My testimony is not tainted. It is the truthful account of what happened on issues around Cashgate,” he said.

Kalonga said he wants to help “in the process of justice.”

Later Justice Esmie Chombo ordered the court to continue hearing the matter in camera as it had reached some sensitive stage.

“We will have to continue hearing the testimony in camera because of the sensitivity of the documents that we would be using, which border on national security,” said Justice Chombo.

Kalonga—who was convicted of charges of conspiracy to defrauding government, facilitating money laundering and money laundering— is on record telling the court that Mphwiyo and others lured him into the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.

He is waiting for sentencing and it is believed the agreement with State is that he should implicate some suspects and gets bargain for lenient sentence.

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6 thoughts on “Mphwiyo case in camera as Kalonga feels betrayed on Cashgate affair”

  1. Athino says:

    Show the evidence Karonga that pp cheated you after steeling money, show evidence baba

  2. Samuel Lwara says:

    Kalonga is just a boxing bag….kkkkk. It was then pp guys and now Dpp boys. Remember biblical Simon Petro story, Judas Scariot…kkkkk. And myself I am David…kkkk.

  3. Thoko says:

    I thought Kalonga was a graduate!!! How on earth could a P4 listen to Mphwiyo as if Mphwiyo represented the JB govt. Not even a meeting with the Chief Secretary to confirm what Mphwiyo was saying? Kalonga had a Minister Mazombwe Zulu who was close to JB why not check with her? The truth of the matter is that JB was not part of the scheme and Kalonga knew this. The state is desperate for success but in Kalonga it is being taken for a ride. Mind you Kalonga was fired by the police because of theft so just screw him

  4. Muziwona says:

    Kalaonga is a fool. The whole learned and clever person of his caliber stooped too low to be used by Mpwiyo and others. Really???

    tangomkwizingeni ndi unyolo basi. He is a liability to the nation..

  5. Mtavuma says:

    Mphwiyo you are finished………..

  6. Chimanga says:

    ‘ayi sindine koma njoka inanena siudzafa’ …….. a kalonga mudawelenga baibulo mmene adamu ndi eva adapusitsidwira ndi njoka? Exactly za inuzu. Go to the book of genesis and find how much adam and eve you are. If therefore adam and eve did not escape punishment for being cheated by the snake, who are you to escape for being cheated by PP?

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