Malawi’s ailing former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo is expected to appear in court together with three others in a case they are answering charges of defrauding about K2.4 billion in 2013 through various businesspersons without rendering services or providing goods to the Government of Malawi.
He (Mphwiyo) was netted last weekend by the fiscal police.
The four finally appear in the High Court today where bail applications will be expected of them to make.
Mphwiyo is together with three other suspects Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi and Roosevelt Ndovi charged with seven counts.
According to prosecuting lawyer Dennis Chipao are answering amended charges.
Chipao said the State brought the suspects to Lilongwe Magistrate Court on Monday after their arrest on Saturday “ for committal” of the case to the High Court.
Senior resident magistrate Chisomo Msokera committed the matter to the High Court forthwith.
Mphwiyo, David Kandoje, Kazombo Mwale, Mmadzi, George Banda, Michela Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda and Maxwell Namata are facing charges of fraud, negligence by public office, money laundering, theft by public servant, theft by servant and conspiracy to defraud government amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.
Commentators argue that the plot to kill Mphyiwo unmasked ‘casual’ looting of funds at the capital hill, a development that forced Malawi’s donors to pull out of aid.
The current regime has been attributing the socioeconomic woes hitting the country now to Cashgate.