Reveal names of cashgate suspects, Malawi govt told

Commentators have asked government to reveal the names of those suspected to be at the centre of the plunder known as cashgate as contained in the forensic audit by Baker Tilly so that they can show up at the police or Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) .

Dr Mwiza Nkhata: Cautions on malicious prosecution or false imprisonment
Dr Mwiza Nkhata: Cautions on malicious prosecution or false imprisonment

Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture Kondwani Nankhumwa warned those involved to not waste the State’s time but surrender themselves in order to face justice.

But critics said the matter should not be a political publicity stunt but rather the Baker Tilly report which is  detailed and contains names of companies and owners suspected to have taken part in the massive plunder of public coffers should be made public other than making it  a preserve of a selected few.

Mwiza Nkhata, Dean of Law at the Chancellor College of the University of Malawi, told a local radio station the government should tread carefully on the arrests being made to avoid lawsuits which could later cost government a lot of money in compensation.

“Good practice requires that you should not arrest people unless you have built up a substantial case against particular individuals… If you are planning to arrest people you must have completed investigations ensure that the government does not expose itself to suits for malicious prosecution or false imprisonment,” said Nkhata.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) maintain the arrests are made after thorough investigations.

The government has been asked to release names of cashgate suspects as contained in the report as the ACB and the police release names of suspects in other cases way before they are actually tried.

“Let government come in the open and release names of suspects of Cashgate outlined in Baker Tilly report ,” said Timothy Ntambo, executive director for the rights group Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation.

Mtambo said  despite the new strides in the Cashgate arrests, he is concerned about the “slow pace” at which the trials are moving.

Nankhumwa said government would not interfere with the prosecution of the cashgate cases.

He added: “The arrests that are currently being effected by law enforcing agencies have nothing to do with political witch hunting but rather a pursuit of justice for the infamous cashgate and other related money laundering offences.”

In his inauguration speech, President Peter Mutharika pledged to deal with Cashgate and bring all culprits to book.

Malawians trashed the first audit report, which omitted names of individuals and companies said to be involved in the massive corruption scandal.

The government of Malawi under Joyce Banda leadership hired a British company, Baker Tilly International, to audit its departments between April and September 2013.

Although she was not directly fingered, the scandal could have cost Banda – Africa’s second female president – the May 20 elections.

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6 years ago


6 years ago

Malawians, which is better between arresting suspects and revealing names and no arrests?
Let us appalaud the government for taking this positive stand.

clifford kapyepye
6 years ago

Reveal Da names or ur waiting for boko haram to tell u.

6 years ago

And if they release the names, they mut also explain why Joyce Banda is being let off the hook.This cashgate happened under her watch. Where was Joyce Banda when public servants were looting government accounts and transferring the funds to dummy companies? Distributing maize and cows that’s were! Is Joyce Banda is not charged with any offence, she must at least be considered complicit with these crimes.

6 years ago


blessings namame sailes

vuto lamalawi ndiloti amafuna mpaka ena atukwanepo bas

Vuto la ku Malawi .
6 years ago

Akanakhala kuti onse a DPP mulibe bwenzi anatulutsa maina kalekale. ma cabinet ministers ena alimo china Kaliati, George Chaponda Henry Mussa ndi ena.

6 years ago

Dr Mwiza NKhata, most of the names that you are demanding are of your cousins from the North. No wonder northerners make noise for cession. they want to hide. Fools

Lhomwe weni weni wapaphata.

Vuto si Matchonawa koma ndine pompasa Mpandowo kuti khalire awumva kukoma.Pomwe pabedi limene anagonapo ayipitsa kale.Zikakhala ndiwo amandiuza ine mwini nyumba kuti tiyeni tizidya ndizosowa izi ine kudabwa kuti ameneyu ndimulendo.Ndaonera ulamulirowu ndiwa tidyeretu mawa tizayenda chabe.Mbava zibisa zotsatira za cashgate ku Malawi.

6 years ago

Please tiuzeni maina mukuopa Chani, ngati mwalephera kunena maina a 12 billion ya pp nanga maina anu a 92 billion muzanena dpp is very stupid and full of thieves.

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