Mphwiyo arrested for ‘stealing’ K3 billion

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Former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo who Joyce Banda said was shot for fighting corruption has been arrested allegedly for stealing over K3 billion of public funds.

The arrest is connected to the cashgate scandal and follows shocking revelations made by Leonard Kalonga that Mphwiyo was the architect who schemed the plan to steal over K3.7 billion of public funds from his ministry.

Paul Mphwiyo

In for cashgate

Kalonga stated in his affidavit that together with Paul Mphwiyo, they siphoned the money from the ministry on behalf of the then President, Mrs. Joyce Banda to finance her presidential campaign.

“It was clear later that, at the behest of Mr. Paul Mphwiyo, the connection and my involvement therein was respectively about and in return for assisting in ‘generating’ revenue for the ruling party. He always said that the money was going to State House.  There was a time when he left me in his office and said he had to rush to State House on the funds matter” reads part of a statement purportedly issued by Kalonga to the prosecutors.

Kalonga claimed in his affidavit that much as he did not deal directly with the then Head of State, Joyce Banda, he was informed by Paul Mphwiyo that the money he collected was delivered to State House  and all those who were involved in the cashgate scheme were aware of this arrangement.

Kalonga said he was instructed by Paul Mphwiyo to recruti Angella Katengeza whose company, Faith Construction, was used to siphon the money from the ministry.

Stanford Mpoola and Oswald Lutepo had separately also alleged that Mrs. Banda used them as conduit through Paul Mphwiyo as the intermediary.

“There was a time when Lutepo claimed to be talking to the Head of State [Joyce Banda], on speaker phone, so I could only hear him assuring her about bringing more money for the campaign” said Kalonga who also revealed one of the convicted cashgate criminals, Tressa Namathanga Senzani, met Joyce Banda to seek assurance that they would not be arrested when the cashgate scandal became public.

“We were told not to tell the truth about what had been going on because the ‘authorities’ would protect us.  After the President’s return from an international trip [when she alleged that she knew who had shot Paul Mphwiyo], Senzani went to meet her at Sanjika, to seek guidance.  Senzani personally told us at MOT [Ministry of Tourism] of the President’s protection, that it would be taken care of, probably by stopping the investigating agencies dealing with us”.

Following Kalonga’s revelations, Malawi Director of Public Prosecution, Mary Kachale told the High Court that Paul Mphwiyo was a key puzzle to the looting.

It was an attempt on Paul Mphwiyo’s life on 13 September 2013 that led to the discovery of the cashgate scandal.  Soon after the shooting, Joyce Banda said at the 9th Ijtima meeting on the 14th of September, in Lunzu, Blantyre that she knew the suspected assailants.

She has maintained ever since that the then National Budget Director was targeted for his fight against high levels of fraud in government.

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  2. ikadakhala sefa yosefera ufa imasefanso anthu tikanati tisefe anthu onse akatangale ndikuikamo anthu anyuwani. or let’s form corruption bureu because we are very good on coprruption. Moti dziko lonse likudziwa kuti Dziko lathu katangale ndi wakhani khani eish!

  3. Malawi is failed state, simple! Regimes change but nothing happens on the ground. Am proud to be a Malawian but this nation is pathetic

  4. Ever since i started hearing cashgate i never heard that development project X had failre to materialis.Does this means that Malawi had alot of money in its grain reserves instead of having maize in the grain reserve?

  5. I have always wondered why the devil is besought in the other camps in African politics!!!! In the opposition or organisations seeming to hold or posing a different view from the policies and politics of the ruling camps/parties.During the time of muluzi,MCP was the devil’s camp,and bad asses had to be fished from it.names were shortlisted and campaigns to raised to let the masses not even see the human in these beings!!!!During the time of Bingu the senior mutharika(late),the devils were fished in UDF,the elected turned opposition party by Bingu.muluzi and his party were disgraced by even our own trusted,turned partisan broadcasters,MBC,who went as far as running a radio political cartoon program, MAKIYOLOBASI,which specifically aimed at undermining the former head of state and other opposition parties a leadership,of course in the disguise of entertainment!!!! During Joyce Banda’s time,the devils were sought in the DPP,ruling but turned opposition by Joyce Banda’s elevation to presidency and Bingu’s death.Cashgate calpretes were hunted in the DPP and opposition parties. Now,Its Peter and the DPP,cashgate calpretes are hunted in the PP and opposition parties!!!!!kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk,this is really funny!!!! You are taking us,Malawians for a ride hey!!!!public prosecutor my a……….s!!!!These are just ruling parties dogs only set and positioned to back and bite the opposition parties politicians and business personnel’s related and linked to them(opposition leaders).I dare you to give that job to a non partisan !!!!! The current and former cabinets will be reduced to less than a quarter with 75% of ministerial holders implicated and jailed!!!!!!!

  6. Thats great. We need that 92bn issue to even start as quickly as possible. The funny thing is that arresting a 3bn thug for 10 years is just like giving them a holiday.

  7. Let them refund the money and charge them chindapusa. Nanga akapita ku jail 3.7bn ibwelela ku gvnt? Even capital punishment will profit nothing to the gvt.

  8. oba kukhu 12yrs oba ndalama zathu za nkhaninkhani mwiyezi itatu anthuwa ndi okhaokha joi wakuba peter wakuba ana awo amene akugwira nawo ntchito nawo ndi akuba mmalo Moti agwire ntchito imene tinawa votera.china ndi vuto la malamulo athu amati presindent salakwa akakhala pampando pakhapokha aka coka ndivuto larikuluili ndeye munthu olo azilakwa sapangamatha lamulo limamuteteza.tiyeni yione pa malamulo okhuza mr p tikatele zithu zikhala bwino.

  9. let these pple free, u r jxt waistng lots of money 2 brng de case of cashgat on air n yet u r sayn gmt has no funds.whr r u gettn these usles funds? do thnk these pple can refund de gmt?

  10. Ohk namvela bt kawili musaiwale nanga zija zamene anaba malemu kawalala bingu wanthalika na uyu okunkhapo naye uyu anadumpha mpalachu ehee! Pitala nikawalala maningi

  11. Phwiyo unapulumuka kuzipolopolo koma tiwo ngati ngati nkhani ya cash gate upulumuka nonse oba ndilama zathu mukazazana ku Zomba maximum, chotsangalatsa ndichoti aja ankafuna kukupha akakuphera ku ndende komweko mmesa muzikawonana maso ndi maso ngati pa nthawi yakuba ndilama ijaa!

  12. Why should government use force to bring back Joice Mfiti cash gate Banda to be in the queue. As she iz already mentioned……

    Plz plz Malawi Government be honesty…..All dese cashgaters they were instructed by JB to loot the cash.

    Ine sindipuma bwino anthuwa Lutepo,mphwiyo,etc mukamamanga pamene mwini film akuyenda mwa bata namanena zabodza kunja……

    This is bulshit………..

  13. Fuck mphwiyo hw i wish this idiot shud rot in jail but our judicial system is just too slow n weak so u will see that this motherfucker will b set free. Fuck that n fuck mphwiyo

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  15. Alandile chilango ameneyo ndiwakuba ameneyo naye amve kuwawa ndipo ndende yake take him 2 mikuyu prison ukamusende udzudzu kumeneko.muropwana kuluma osanyengelera achule amenewa.dppppppppp woyeeeeeeeeeee

  16. i hav always paid taxes earnestly even when i had nt started job yet my monthly saraly = ur 1 day rate but u stole sum huge sums! amasuleni adye akhute koma ziwani kuti simwayi!

  17. Mai voisi vanda mbavaaaa nkhuku yaikazi yoba mazira kenako kukaphwanya sefa,nkubamo ndalama zankhani nkhani, ndiye wina akakhuta kansima kandio kalongonda avekere hamai voisi vanda ndi pipiiiiiii ndilu,dilu nzinthu zakubazo, misonkho ya anthu osauka, ugalubwanu apipiiiiimwava?

  18. Kkkkkk zimanganani mukatha mutulutsane sizimaonekanso tsogolo lake,uyu ndiye alangidwa katatu 1 zipolopolo 2 kundende 3 kwamulungu,mpaneni atchula amzake.

  19. Nkhani ya Cashgate ndikamaimva zimandiwawa po-ona kuti akumachedwa kumafuna mboni pamene JB anaima pa Public ku lunzu ndikunena kuti anafuna kupha Mphwiyo akuwaziwa ndi zifukwa zake. Bwanji malamulo asakumuitana kuti aza chitire mboni? Lero angoyankhula ali kunj Ine ndiye modzi mwa aMalawi ozunzika chifukwa cha aMphwiyowa.

  20. First abweze ndalamazo then let these idiots rot in jail…we are in this situation because of these fools….now one wonders whelther our so called politicians calm vendors understand the source of our economic problems.??…..the opposition wake up pliz ….we are who we are coz of mpwiyo and his crew….fortunately u know bt mumachitira dala ….diverting attention and who knows some of u are beneficiaries!!!!!RIP..

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  22. LUTEPO: Man nanu akutsekeran? PHWIYO: Eya amwene ndnayesetsa kukamba nao kma ee! LUTEPO: Nane paja ndnayesa kulenga matenda kma zosathandiza boma ilili man szamwana2. PHWIYO: Apa nde bola ndikanafa ndi zipolopolo zija2.

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  24. @mngola how do you separate him from 577billion?_The people you want to be included are innocent do not panic documents are there to point at pipo cash taking from Reserve Bank

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  27. Anthu woipa,wozkonda awa arrest them & they shud lot in jail…us poor pple were busy workin hard & payin huge amount of tax to the government iwo mkumamba such huge somes of money while poor pple mkumafa in government hosptl chifukwa chakusowa kwama khwala ….MUlUNGU WANGA AKUONA

  28. Galu ameneyu amangidwe basi moti zoona kumasunga ndalama zochuluka pomwe anzake akuvutika ndi umphawi?Komanso tisamve zoti watuluka apo bola mungozisiya nkhani za Mphwiyozo ndiye.

  29. Kodi Peter samangidwa?nanga ndalama zomwe chipani cha dpp 92B inaonengedwa yangosidwa,kumanganaku kukuchatika motsasata malamulo koma maundani munkhani zandale,otsu tsa alipamoto zedi,akudzuzidwa zifukwa zotsaziwika bwino,ndani tsaziwa zandalama zomwe zaonengwedwa ndiboma la Dpp?masiku amathera kuchitseko.

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  31. Thank u police officers 4 the job wel done pondigwilira munthu amene ndakhala ndikumusaka kwanthawi yayitali..Bonus ndikupasani mukandigwilira ena aja,ajawa mukuwadziwa kale aja..