‘ A short walk to freedom’ : Malawi cashgate convict Senzani now out of prison

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She walked smiling to her home in Lilongwe yesterday having had her three year jail term cut short because of  showing a ‘good character’; that is a brief story of former Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism, Treza Namathanga Senzani who actually was meant to be out of Maula Prison next year.

Initially Malawi24 had reported that Senzani, who was in 2014 sentenced to three years and nine months imprisonment on offences of money laundering and theft respectively had been touted by by prison officers for showing good characters behind bars.

She had  pleaded guilty to stealing around $150,000 (63 million kwacha) from state coffers, part of a broader swindle worth at least $30 million and was convicted on her own guilty plea.

Treza Namathanga Senzani

Treza Namathanga Senzani now free’.

Her jail term was meant to end October 6, 2017.

She became the first convict sentenced out of the more than 50 people arrested in connection with the fracas.

The scandal saw donors withdrawing their support to Malawi amid similar revelations – this time led by civil servants where billions of kwachas went uncounted for in a scandal better known as Cashgate.

Senzani was apprehended in 2013 having issued two Cheques to her own company, which according to police never had the provision of goods or services to the government.

Other convicts, former Assistant Accountant in the government Victor Sithole later joined her on the list. Sithole was jailed for nine years having being found guilty of of being found in possession of unexplained cash suspected to have been stolen amounting to K112 million , $31 800 (about K13.6 million) and R122 400 (about K4.5 million) in hard cash which was found at his house in Area 47 in September 2013.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Deputy Director of Youth Wyson Zinyemba Soko was then sent to prison for seven years. Soko was found in possession of MK40.9 million ($90 000), attained in corrupt ways.

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  1. Chinyengo ku boma sichidzatha l think ankangofuna kutinamiza kuti she was guilty why only less than a year nkumutulutsa? Ayi nthawi yanu zigawanani ndalamazo But nthawi idzafika mudzalira ndi kukuta mano.

  2. Kwathu kuno ndende ndizaamphawi basi if u can visit most of our prisons muli ma born again ambiri mot ena ndi ma pastors koma no pardon at all.komaaa

  3. Politics at work. Remember Bakili did the same to a seasoned criminal. It’s not about good behavior or love of Jesus as echoed by someone. It’s about having connections or the same money she stole buying her freedom. After all she is a native from the lomwe belt…

  4. Zina Mwa Zomwe Zikulepheretsa Amalawi Kt Tichite Bwino Ndizimenezi. Ena Ali Kundendeko Pa Mulandu Ongowanamizira Osatulutsa Amenewo Bwanji? Mwandikhumudwitsa

  5. Zina Mwa Zomwe Zikulepheretsa Amalawi Kt Tichite Bwino Ndizimenezi. Ena Ali Kundendeko Pa Mulandu Ongowanamizira Osatulutsa Amenewo Bwanji? Mwandikhumudwitsa

  6. Ndiye Dziko Limenelo.Amenewa Ndiwo Amalawi Ndithu.Enafe Akapolo Enieni Mdziko Lathu Lomwe.Bolaninso Ng’ombe Yakungolo,pomaliza Ntchito Makoko Imadyako.Dzikoli Likukomera Mbava Basi.Wokhulupirika,achita Utuluka Chikundu Pamsana Ndikugwira Ntchito Pomwe Akudya Ali Pheee!Ndisaname,adaisewera Bwino Game Imeneyi.Ayi azidya Anenepe,mwina Imvi Sizimera.MMPHAWI ALIBE KOKALIRIRA!

  7. Guys let’s understand the situation.
    1- she was a first offender
    2 – she was quick to plead guilty, thereby saving time and resources of the courts
    3- she returned the money
    4- she showed good character at the prison

    That’d why things have worked out for her.

  8. stupid Government Go To Hello Tell me How Good was Her Characters in prison ? Come on Government.stop fooling us around mukudziwana ndalama munadyela limodzi You mother fucker

  9. Mpakana prison ambulance kuperekedza ex-prisoner ku Lodge. Inu anzanga munamvapo izi zikuchitika ku Malawi kuno? Ine sinamvepo. Should we say prison conditions have now been improved such that from now onwards all ex-prisoners will be escorted to their respective home villages or places of their choice after serving jail sentences? Come on Dpp boma don’t play double standards.

  10. Kodi Ku ndendeko kulibe omwe anaba nkhuku koma pano amawonetsako khalidwe labwino?anthuwa ndi amodzi amadziwana ndipo amagawana,sindinatchule munthu apa.

  11. How do you expect the citizens stay if those stupid people eat money and getting fat like pigs on maize grain, now you tell us you worried seeing citizens living the country to RSA, it’s because they see greener pasture, stay with rubbish cash gate, may be you can get more fatter.

  12. Koma abale moti mu ndendemo nkale lonse simunapezekemo anthu osunga khalidwe? Amayi awa awawa awa ndikhalidwe lanji labwino ankachita mkatimo? Kapena a prison warder anaipempha meter? Komatu komatu this world mmmmmmm kukondera. Mulungu alowererepo mbambadi.

  13. Eeeeeh koma dziko ili Ayi ndithu ndilokondela, Nde bwanji milandu yonse ya Cashgate ingotha coz milanduyi zotsatila zake zizikhala zomwezi, ayi waonesa khalidwe labwino, ndi anthu angati amene adamangidwa ndipo iwowo ndiosalakwa? kapena ngati mtima wanu ngotulutsa azimayi ndazimai angati amene akuvutika ndiukari wanu inu A police? koma zoona Dziko ndilokondela ili ndipo munthu ukhoza kuayamba kusilila munthu amene adafa kuti sadziwa kanthu Koma Mulungu akukuonani

  14. Soon it will be lutepo kutuluka or kasambara and friends ..nde malawi ameneyo..lamulo limangwila ntchito kwa osauka if you are well connected you can do what ever you like in malawi ..ngati ungamangidwe kumangokhala kuwaphimba anthu maso basi

  15. Thamanda Lomwelo, ena akuchilitsidwa, ena akufera pomwepo akudikilira, ena akuyalura mphasa zawo, ena nkuva komwe kuti Ngelo Wa Ambuye wavundula madzi sanave, mayiyu amandisangalatsa chifukwa sanavutitse boma koma anavomeleza kulakwitsa kwake chotero nkuona kwanga Ambuye amuchitira chifundo (anadzichepetsa poyamba)

  16. And some one who stolen the goat is still serving bt u’re taking of the one who stollen million of money for poor people,shame on u Malawian

  17. Zikomo kwambili amayi chifukwa cha khalidwe lanu labwino lomwe mwaonetsa ku ndende…pitani mukabenso ndalama za bomazo…thukuta la amphawife…koma choti mudziwe ndi ichi..muziyenda ndi apolice kulikonse chifukwa ife ndiye zatinyatsa kutulutsidwa kwabu…okuba mbudzi kapena n’gombe akufela ku ndende konko…okuba ndalama zanthu mkumanjoya ufulu otulusidwa kundende nthawi yawo isanakwane…ndizakugenda ndi mwala ine ndikulumbila…wazunzinsa ndikuphetsa abale athu mzipatala chifukwa cha kuba kwako galu iwe…ndikanakhala ndi mfuti mkanangokuombela ine nsazakuonenso….Mulungu pulumutsani Malawi.

  18. Boma lingolamula kuti aliyese azipanga zake without fearing any rule or person apo bii !!! Tiuza Winiko timatche kuti titenthe ndende zonse. Iya!!!!! What government is this ?

  19. hahahah. choncho munthu okuba thumba la chimanga ngakhale atasinthika nkuyambitsa mpingo koma kunkakamira mpaka kumaliza zaka 6 zonse ali kundende pomwe okuba ma million komanso kuphetsa anthu osalakwa mzipatala powabera nsonkho wawo, kungoonetsa mawanga ankhanga ndende itawafwafwantha basi kuwatulutsa…
    #Malawi_at_52

  20. Kodi akamati amawonetsa makhalidwe abwino akutanthauza chiyani?? Iwish akadatiuza zomwe iye amachita kundendeko kuti tikhulupirire. And makhalidwe abwinowo amawawonetsa kwa ndani.anthu who involved mu cashgate adaba ndalama za amalawi why dont they ask us before they release these thieves,that is y anthu akagwira mbava amaika malamulo mmanja mwawo coz everyone knows kuti kupolisi kulibe phindu.

  21. Kuyamba kuchitika izi mu mbiri Yah ku Malawi, kusonyeza kuti kuba ndalamako ndi khalidwe labwino? Ndi anthu angati akuvutika mpakana pano chifukwa cha khalidwe ngati la Mayiyu? Mukuona ngati Amalawi zutsiru? chifukwa wakupatsani mwendo basi muvekere khalidwe Labwino zaziiiiiiiiiii

  22. basi akadye ndalama zidatsala zija………… many prisoners show good characters but they are still in the cooler…..jehova sees!!!!

  23. folk zausilu agalu inu koma tikakhala ife amphawi bwezi tikadali komweko kundende koma mwaona kuti ndalama zomwe anaba akugayilani nanu mwati hoo timutuluse popexa waonesa khalidwe labwino kodi ena onse amene ali kundendeko alibe khalidwe labwino mwanyanya a dpp inu mbuzi zodesedwa inu mulungu akuonen ndithu agalu inu odyela chakudya pansi

  24. Why mukumangoikaika dis post since last wk kt ife amalawi titani??? Kutitola nkamwa baxi ndinkhan yonyadilitsa imeneyi munthu munamupanga kale judge 3yrs ataba ma billion atakhala oba mbuzi mumagamula 10 yrs pano mukt she ws showing gud character Tangotulutsan onsewo anamangidwa coz of cash gatewo xinanga zayambika ndekt kumayambililo kwa next yr enaxo atuluka muzati mwatulutsa poti anayamba kupemphela kwambiri than others axakudziwan ndindani??? Musaiphimbe Mmaso apa!!!

  25. That’s the type of leadership we do have they do just apply their own feelings when it comes to judgment ,congratulations to who so ever is in the same case victory has come you made a good plan knowing the weaknesses of the crooks in Malawi govt.

  26. Kumalawi ukangokhara phawi umakhara ngati siiwe dzika yadziko lino. Mufuna mutiuze kuti mundende zonse mw muno waonetsa khalidwe labwino ndiyekhayu. Munthu anaba misokho yaanthu mukumumasula mophweka ngati nchonchi, wina anaba chinangwa mukumusunga kundende 10 yrs. Shame educated fools in mw.

    • Shame on U. Nawe ukufuna utiuze kuti dzikolonseli waonesa khalidwe ndiyekhayo? Akanakhara oopa mulungu bwanji ankaba? Bwanji boma osawamasula akayi omwe ali odwala kuti azikadwalira kwawo kaya kufa akafere kwawo. But still akusungidwabe, de point ndiyonena kuti ndende anamangira aphawi. If ndi m,bale wako just appriciate mumtima mwako usathe mawu pagulu pano pliz.

  27. Kkkkkkkkk that’s what we cal Grace of the Lord Jesus Christ is at work upon her, its not abt what bad things you’ve been doing but is abt how much love he has for us even though we sin bt he stil love us.

    • Fatsa Douglas, brotherman, I beg to differ. It is an error in reasoning to link the so called “Grace” with the situation at hand. I find her untimely release a mistake of the century. All cashgate convicts MUST rot in Jail. She was supposed to serve her full term. There are a number of prisoners in prison who were convicted on smaller charges, they are showing good behaviour…very honest but they are still languishing, serving their full sentence. Iam afraid your stand on the same would fuel another cashgate.

    • Fatsa Douglas, brotherman, I beg to differ. It is an error in reasoning to link the so called “Grace” with the situation at hand. I find her untimely release a mistake of the century. All cashgate convicts MUST rot in Jail. She was supposed to serve her full term. There are a number of prisoners in prison who were convicted on smaller charges, they are showing good behaviour…very honest but they are still languishing, serving their full sentence. Iam afraid your stand on the same would fuel another cashgate.

    • I do understand brother Titus sometimes things happens for a reason I also don’t like the way they handled it but what more can I do may be it is not the way we see it in spiritual lame that’s why isaid If it happens this way it must be the Grace of God still from ur point some they did the same still they are their’ what more can we brother?

  28. 99.00000000099 % Disagree with this Nonsense. …. Langa ndipemphero kwa Wakumwambayo kut ndiye atipulumumutse ku Lawi la Moto uli mmalawiyu

  29. Malawi atsalawa ndi manyi tsopano mukamutulutse munthu kundende chifukwa cha good character and ndimunthu yemweyo ali mugulu la akuba anthu amene asaukisa dziko la Malawi FUCK U amene umatulutsa mbava yachikaziyo kundendeko FUCK

  30. Ndiwa DPP uyu kapena mwina Lutepo naye atuluka ndinamva akupemphera kwambiri. Komabe mwatulutsa angati liuzeni dziko sangakhake yekhayu. Mmmm ndende za Malawi ndu za amphawi.

  31. Malume wanga anaba solar panell anamuuza kut akhale ndende 7 yrs ndikugwira nthito yakaluvula gaga uyu anaba ma billion chaka ndi half pamtumbo panu nonse amene judge

  32. Mulungu akungoona zonsezi! bt wat I knw is that…milandu yonse inaweluzidwayi idzaweluzidwaso ndi Jah Jah pa judgement day…Mulungu akungoona ndati!!

  33. Showing good character?i understand she is related to one of the high portfolio people.we need the taxpayers money.Should we say that all being jailed denote bad behaviours?

  34. Ithink it is stupit to take advantage to speakout the stuation.This is unfair !!Can we say in all prisons,it’s only her having good character ?Ngati ndi choncho tive kuti enanso mwawatulutsa.Don’t do favouratism !!!