Roy Kachale rejects cashgate link: Questions credibility of Baker Tilly report

Member of Parliament for Zomba Malosa, Roy Kachale has reacted to his mentioning in the Baker Tilly forensic audit report containing names of companies and individuals who allegedly siphoned money from Malawi Government coffers in a scandal dubbed ‘cashgate’.

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The auditors identified nine people who are linked to companies involved in cashgate, among Kachale.

Kachale, who is a son to former president Joyce Banda (not mentioned in the report), has only been mentioned to have allegedly had an affair with one of the implicated cashgate suspect Laura Savala but himself not linked to the financial plunder.

“Anecdotal evidence would suggest Laura Savala and Akajuwe Roy Kachale Banda are in a relationship as girlfriend and boyfriend. Akajuwe Roy Kachale Banda stood in the Parliamentary Elections as a People Party candidate,” reads a note in the report.

Kachale has denied any affair with Savala saying the allegations are “incorrect, malicious, disrespectful and defamatory, which are merely intended at damaging and injuring my personal character, reputation and standing in society”.

In a media statement issued on Friday, the lawmaker categorically denied any knowledge of the entities and the owners of the entities mentioned and being associated with him in the Forensic Report by Baker Tilly.

He said “grave allegations” in the report are false, malicious and a deliberate attempt to damage his reputation and that of his family.

“I am a man of good standing in society, happily married man and a devout Catholic,” he declared.

Kachale said the forensic report by Baker Tilly falls short of proving his direct link to cashgate or the people allegedly directly involved in cashgate.

“Nowhere in the Forensic Report by Baker Tilly is it indicated that I am owner of any company or business involved in cashgate.

“I, Roy Kachale Banda, would like to put it on record that at no time did Baker Tilly interview me on my alleged relationship with any of the alleged cashgate culprits, or indeed on any element of its Forensic Report,” he said.

He said the inability to interview him and thereafter proceeding to include him name in the Forensic Report, is  “a blatant departure from the basic principles of general and forensic investigations, auditing and rules of natural justice.”

Kachale said he now holds  the view that the report  “lacks credibility, it is unreliable and only serves to worsen Malawi’s ailing political, social and economic situation.”

“The report specifically serves to tarnish my character as a citizen of Malawi and as an individual as well as a politician, businessman, husband and father. The Report is not based on any proven facts but mere speculation and hearsay. The Report lacks a professional approach,” reads Kachale’s statement

He has demanded an outright apology by Baker Tilly and immediate withdrawal of its Forensic Report currently in circulation.

“I also demand that Baker Tilly reissues another report without any reference to ‘Akajuwe Roy Kachale Banda’ for I am not involved in any manner in cashgate.”

Speaking during the news conference to release the report, Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu, who was flanked by Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa and deputy Auditor General Langton Gomani, stressed that the report was not an indictment of anybody, but investigations into how government lost billions.

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Ineyo Woona
Guest

I totally agree with number 63, and here is a tip to the Anti corruption bureau. Roy is saying he did not steal, really????
, may the ACB go to this place right now- the former Mungo Park in Lilongwe along Lilongwe-Mchinji road, get inside that high walled fence
they will be surprised what they shall find inside that fence
count the number of new cars and construction machines in there

getrude
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I PERSONALLY THINK THE CASHGATE ITSELF NOW IS JUST ONOTHER WAY OUR TAX MONEY IS STILL BEING SIPHONED AS JUDGES ARE DELAYING AND ADJOURNING CASES TO ALLOW THEM MORE ALLOWANCES .ITS A PITY EVERY GOVERNMENT OFFICE AT THE MOMENT IS AS CORRUPT AS EVER, THERE IS NO CHANGE AT ALL, I MEAN HAVE YOU EVER SEEN AVIS CARS AT THE ROAD TRAFFIC FOR CERTIFICATE OF FITNESS OR HAVE YOU SEEN THE CABBAGE SERVED FOR LUNCH IN MALAWIAN HOSPITALS YET THE FOOD ALLOWANCE IS HUGE, WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING, WHAT ABOUT THE SELVICING OF CARS WHICH IS OVERCHARGED TO… Read more »
chinyama Bullets
Guest

Let’s wait for Baker Tilly response on this one….Akajuwe ulimva kuwawa dzikoli….man munaba and mumadzipopa kwambiri….Your siblings were humble people koma inu munanyanya matama…lakwana lachi 40…face the music!

malawian
Guest

Becker tilly anabwera ndi amako nde ukuti mfwe mfwe chani where did u get the money to buy 150 freight liners in the name of GPY in just one year? why did magetsi house gutted? uku mkuyamba chabe osalira

okwenda howard
Guest

zimatere zimatere bwez zikoma,apapa tangoyamba u b taken mpaka ku doko muvetsa.mwalemera ndindalama zakuba mumati zithera pompo palibe zimenezo

mary
Guest

Trash report audit gate.

mjiba
Guest

I agree with you the report is not credible, it has not exposed the corruption that are linked to you at Escom, the burning of Magetsi house and your scum thieves who were running your shadowy deals, but one of them is fingered in the i2 analysis link just wait very soon you will see its credibility as it will start to expose tracks which will lead to your mothers door and open your skeletons, utsi wayamba kufuka

Fwangalubiro
Guest

Audit report talking about a love affair what evidence can one use to agree with I nternational Auditing Standards.This fact alone can spoil the integrity of the report

KKKK
Guest

Asakane ameneyo.

The Truthful One from the West
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The Truthful One from the West

I was surprised, amazed and even shocked that an audit report should contain a love affair between a man and a woman. Was Tilly Baker investigating a suspicious murder between a man and woman that were in love? I join those who have condemned the report as less useful. If I am paid by Govt for goods I did not supply and services I did not render then I am a thief and whoever paid me is also a thief. Prosecution has to begin immediately.

Mpezeni Phiri
Guest

Classy lady? Chimbava cha chikazicho nde uziti classy, kapena ukunena ku maliseche kwake ndi kumene kuli classy? A Classy thieving

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