Cashgate convict Angela Katengeza pleads for leniency

21

Businessperson Angela Katengeza, who was in March this year found guilty in the K105.9 million ($146 444) money laundering case has pleaded with the High Court in Lilongwe for a non custodial sentence saying she did not benefit from the money directly.

She was co-accused with a former assistant director of tourism at Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga who awaits sentencing.

High Court Judge Fiona Mwale found Katengeza guilty on the charge that she used her company’s bank account to launder K105 million that was proceeds of crime.

But Katengeza says she did not benefit substantially from the money.

Leonard Kalonga

Kalonga (left) with Katengeza during a previous court appearance.

Initially, a court statement by an investigator in the Fiscal Department of the Malawi Police Service, Katengeza alleges Kalonga used her to siphon K105.6 million from government.

“This court, on the basis of the prosecution proving beyond reasonable doubt finds the accused guilty of money laundering contrary to Section 13 of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Financing Act. Bail is therefore revoked and the accused will be remanded in custody awaiting sentencing,” Mwale said.

Senior superintendent Gerald Chiwanda told the court that a caution statement he recorded from Katengeza indicated that Kalonga borrowed her certificate from the National Construction Industry Council which was normal according to her.

“After a month, he came with a cheque worth K32 million (about $76 190) which was deposited into my account. I withdrew the money and gave it to him. He came again with another cheque worth over K60 million (about $143 000), I deposited and withdrew and gave it to him.

”We agreed that I would get a commission after the third cheque, but to my surprise I heard that my name appeared at the Anti-Corruption Bureau as being involved in these cases,” said Katengeza in a caution statement.

Share.

21 Comments

  1. Ma judge amene mukuweruza mirandu ya cashgate take care,when you sentence these mbamvazi,we are watching with kin interest,on this issue,ma 3yrs mukuperekawo musamale,anthu amenewa amayenera kunyongedwa,chifukwa apha anthu miyandaminda yosalakwa,agalu amenewa

  2. Ma judge amene mukuweruza mirandu ya cashgate take care,when you sentence these mbamvazi,we are watching with kin interest,on this issue,ma 3yrs mukuperekawo musamale,anthu amenewa amayenera kunyongedwa,chifukwa apha anthu miyandaminda yosalakwa,agalu amenewa

  3. My dear Angela, we would have expected your leniency on the 15 million innocent lives suffering to make ends meet & dying in hospitals due to the effects of your rot.

  4. CASHGATE IKUWALAMBALALA ENIWAKE OMWE ALI M’BOMA PONO KUMANGOWAPAKA ALIOSE, NDIOMWE ABADWE LELO APAKIDWASO CASHGATE NDIMANYANZI OMWE MULIBE.

  5. Mmmmm kaya!! mwatsogola kale ndinu abandleader achambachi, amphawife tikalakwa nde m’matitsata step by step nde sizachambazo zimenezo!!

  6. Amangidwe basi. Anthu sakugwira ntchito mmalawi only to look for a chance to steal. You leave the buden to work for the country to a villager in farms while you are just stealing tax money. Zopusa

  7. Alot of people have died in the country because of cashgate, so why should someone get a non-custodial sentence? If this can happen it will really vindicate our nation on how unpatriotic we are and we shall be a laughing stock forever.

  8. The leniency the Court will look at is the gravity and the impact the cashgate has to the malawi nation. whether you benefited directly or directly, you have deprived many Malawians of the share of the money ie in hospital, education, and other obligations. Unaba dollar ya a malawi chilungamo chisefukire basiiii. no matter what you mitigate.

  9. Moyo ndiokondela kwambili ndipo ndiolimba kwa aphawife Oky sanapindule nazo koma nthaw yomwe amazisungayo anacedwe maservice ena akapindule nazo ngat inali loan kapena aphawife tinavomeleza kt tabweleka ndalamazo

  10. aa zachamba……custodial sentence z ideal osati zakezo..shud we say onl the poor nde azilandira custody sentence??Osauka akangoba botolo la fanta pa shop akumpatsa custody sentence..nde iye anaba ndalam za amalawawi tonse…Ndi mbava basi ameneyo….nde ngat she ddnt benefit directly,ndalamazo anatenga zinali za ndani??