Cashgate convict Angela Katengeza pleads for leniency

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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.

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