Sithole found guilty of cashgate; sentencing adjourned to Oct 28

Former Accounts Assistant in government Victor Sithole has become another civil servant to be convicted of stealing millions of public money, dubbed cashgate scandal.

Sithole at court: Guilty as charged
Sithole at court: Guilty as charged

Sithole, 27, was charged with being found in possession of unexplained cash suspected to have been stolen amounting to K112 million, $31 800 (about K13.6 million) and R122 400 (about K4.5 million) in hard cash which was found at his house in Area 47 in September last year, leading to revelations of Cashgate scandal.

On Friday at Lilongwe Magistrate Court, Senior Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa, said Sithole is guilty in all charges as prosecution led by Kamudoni Nyasulu has successfully proved their case.

“There was reasonable suspicion that the possession of the money was a result of theft or money obtained unlawfully; the accused had kept his money in unusual places, and his explanation in the court was not satisfactory,” said  Magistrate Chirwa.

During the trial, Sithole claimed that the millions which were found in his possession did not belong to him but to businessman Oswald Lutepo.

He said Lutepo, who is answering his own charges of theft and money laundering belonging to government, gave him K130 million to buy produce to supply to Agrifeeds.

He told the court that he knew Lutepo through a friend Dan Zimba and the two only met twice, to make agreements and to collect money.

Kamudoni Nyasulu, during prosecution argued that there was reasonable suspicion that possession of the money was as a result of theft or money obtained unlawfully.

Magistrate Chirwa said Sithole is “guilty as charged” and is convicted.

Prosecutor Nyasulu asked the court to give more time for the submissions on sentencing.

“The case cited in this court is mostly related to the United Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa and these countries have their own regime pertaining to sentencing; hence, we seek the court’s indulgence for an adjournment so that we can give fair opinion before sentencing,” he said.

Sithole’s lawyer, Necton Mhura of Kalekeni Kaphale law firm, said he will provide submission of relevance in sentencing especially on money laundering charge.

The court adjourned to October 28.

Sithole’s conviction follows that of former principal secretary Tressa Senzani who was sentenced to three years imprisonment with hard labour on her own plea of guilty on charges of diverting K64 million of taxpayers’ funds to a private company she admitted to.

Meanwhile,  the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) expressed frustration over the three-year jail sentence handed to Senzani for her role in the sensational plunder of state resources that has become commonly known as “Cashgate”.

PAC spokesperson Peter Mulomole said the civil society group was concerned that the sentence handed down by the magistrate last week did not reflect the seriousness of the crime and the amount of money allegedly stolen by Senzani.

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Chifuniro zidana
Chifuniro zidana
6 years ago

Akhale dzaka 100 kut tikokere kumene anadyako mbava zazkulu ngat zmenez,agalu!

thabiso nkoana
thabiso nkoana
6 years ago

koma a polisi olembedwa ndi a mathanyula, manja m’thumba choncho koma akuperekeza mbava yayikulu ngati imeneyi. pa nyasaland amwene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

6 years ago

PP Thugs, can they expose the big fish too apa!! it is about time, she is busy jumping to other countries she better come and face the law!!

Gift Kaira
6 years ago

pi piiii !!!! odi uko amayi aduseko ndi wa chiwili wawo(zingayambe kuyiwalika) munya simunati

6 years ago

wa Policeyo analembedwa ndi Peter.. mwaiwala kuti nthawi ya campagn ankangowatenga ndikuwalowesa ku PTS ku kanjedza

Jean Carrylani
6 years ago

Koma waPoliceyo zoona kupisira manja m’thumba choncho?…Akuti SWAGGA mwini wakeyo…Zili pa Nyasaland

6 years ago

At 26 and a house in area 47. Mwana anatasa ndi misonkho yathu uyu. Watsala Namata and Nantchito both mansion owners while most of us are strugglers. Area 6 where Maula Prison is located is waiting for you. Leonard Kalonga will have no chance for women and the title of Nyapala is waiting for you there together with Joster Njanji.

mayeso pindani
mayeso pindani
6 years ago

mpandeni wakubayo asala auntgate munya utsi mumadeweza kkkkkkkk

Imraan Sadick
6 years ago

10 years imprisonment with kalavula Deya would be befitting sentence for this youthful thief

Mbowe Mulambia
6 years ago

Malamulo a pa malawi ndi 0 pa hundred how come Lawyer Kasambara akuyimbidwa the same mulandu ali ndi ufuru oyimila anzake mulandu ofanana this is rabish these are thieves and Muhura is busy deffending mbava zoonekeratu ali mbava nayeso rotten country you need a wise to catch thieves osati tulo mulinato mu dziko muno changamukani a malawi.

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