Surrender yourselves, Malawi govt urges cashgate suspects

Malawi government has asked those suspected to have been involved in cashgate scandal to show up at the police or Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to save on time and taxpayers’ money in hunting them.

Minister of Infomation, Kondwani Nankhumwa:  Hand in yourselves for arrest

Minister of Infomation, Kondwani Nankhumwa: Hand in yourselves for arrest

‘Cashgate’ denotes the systematic skimming of millions of dollars of money from the government payment system.

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

“Government calls on all Malawians who know that they were in one way or another involved in the plundering of the country’s coffers to surrender themselves to police than being on a fruitless run.

“This call is also extended to Malawians who were equally involved, but are for some reasons outside the country, to quickly come back home to face justice,” reads Nankhumwa’s statement in part.

Government’s call comes at a time when several notable faces including lawyers and politicians have been arrested  in relation to the Cashgate.

Those arrested include former government budget director, Paul Mphwiyo and his wife, former Peoples Party (PP) spokesperson, Hophmally Makande, lawyer and UDF official Ishmael Chioko among others.

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.”

Nankhumwa has since asked the courts to act with speed in handling the cashgate cases because Malawians are eager to know the truth about the theft of billions of tax-payers’ money.

The scandal, dubbed “Cashgate”, prompted foreign donors – who provide around 40% of Malawi’s budget – to pull the plug on aid.

A number of government officials implicated in the fraud are facing criminal charges and a first official Treza Namathanga Senzani  a relation of DPP top official Anna Kachikho was jailed last month for three years over the scandal and last week former Accounts Assistant in government Victor Sithole was also convicted.

ACB says roughly K20 billion went missing under former President Joyce Banda’s two year rule. And it is reported that about K90 billion also went missing over the eight years of late Mutharika’s presidency , equal to roughly $500m at the exchange rate of the time.

In total about 30 per cent of the country’s budget could have been looted over a decade – almost as much as donors have provided Malawi over the same period.

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peter
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iwe joys ukutani tatiye ukazipele ukufuna udzitichedwetsa basi

charles mofolo
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Palibe chimsisi paziko lapamsi muyaluka nomse

jendake
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Agalu enieni a PP, zaka ziwiri ndalama zonsezi, nanga zikanakhala zaka 5 sibwezi mukana gulitsa dziko

matako
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Malawi need a true revolution. Lwets carry on our own vigilante justice considering the names of the cash gate looters arew well known. This govt is a joke, they do not have the balls to arrest true cash gaters since they are part of that SYNDICATE. tHIS IS WHY THEY CONTINUE TO MAKE NOISE IN AN ATTEMPT TO INTIMIDATE THOASE THAT MIGHT TELL THE TRUTH. malwia is fucked no donors are coming back. very soon IMF WILL RENDER mKWACHA WORTHLESS.

THEN-GO
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GUYS DONT SPEAK IN PARABLES WHERE IS THE LIST PLIZ????

Aferazao
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Bambo Nankhumwa are you saying Bingu (RIP), Peter, Kaliati, Chaponda and all in DPP who dipped their hands in the Government coffers and swept it of MK92 billion should surrender themselves to police today, tomorrow, a day after tomorrow? Who knows you might also be one of those who have to surrender to police for taking part in chewing the MK92 billion.

Alungwana
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We demand those names and dont fool around us by saying they should surrender themselves. Even your APM must then surrender himself on the house gate.

Jeho
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Where is list? Mukuziwa cona km mukubisa it will nt help

mitsubishi honda
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Manyi, a minister, enieni,

Aferazao
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Mr Nankhumwa kunena kwa ndithe ndithe Nanthambwe anadzitengera. Wait until the MK92 billion audit is carried out and finalized; who knows some good percent of you guys in DDP might be at the centre of that cash gate, will you have the knack to surrender yourselves to ACB OR THE POLICE AS YOU DEMIND?

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