Police quiz PS Njanji over cashgate: Lutepo implicates PP bigwigs

Former principal secretary for finance in the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) Joster Njanji was picked by Police for interrogation in connection to the infamous Capital Hill cashgate scandal.

Nyasa Times sources at Police said Njanji, who is now at Ministry of Sports Development, was picked for questioning after cashgate key suspect businessperson Oswald Lutepo implicated him in the latest interview with Police concerning K120 million.

Lutepo is also said to have implicated high profile politicians in the governing People’s Party (PP) who include Hophmally Makande (K50 million) and Brown Mpinganjira  (K30 million) for sharing the loot of cashgate, Nyasa Times understands.

Bophani (r) ordered the release on Njani
Bophani (r) ordered the release on Njani

Under the cashgate, Malawi government lost billions of public funds which were systematically stolen through bogus payments for goods or services not provided.

The scandal led to budgetary support freeze by donors.

Police sources said Njanji was questioned at Area 30 Police headquarters by detectives and later moved to Area 18 police station where he was released in the evening  on police bail granted  on instructions from Malawi Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police Nelson Bophani who is chairperson of the special investigation committee on cashgate.

National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo was coy to comment on the matter referring to Bophani who could not be reached for comment.

Lutepo, former PP executive member who is  accused of K2.6 billion theft and money laundering ,could not grant Nyasa Times an interview.

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