Retraction of the Leonard Kalonga death story


On Friday evening we incorrectly reported Leonard Kalonga, a convicted criminal in the cashgate scandal had passed away.

Malawi24 would like to apologise for publishing the incorrect story.

Kalonga, who served as Assistant Director of Tourism, was convicted soon after pleading guilty in August 2015 for stealing close to K4 billion of public funds.

He is yet to be sentenced and is being remanded at Zomba maximum prison awaiting his sentence.

He once named and implicated Malawi former president Joyce Banda  as cashgate’s big fish, saying the loot was intended to fuel Mrs. Banda’s presidential campaign.

Besides implicating Joyce Banda who he said was pocketing 60 percent of the loot, Kalonga also named former budget director Paul Mphwiyo whose shooting led to the unravelling of Cashgate scandal.

He claimed the former budget director was promoted to the position by President Banda as a token of appreciation for his ‘good work’ in sourcing funds for People’s Party (PP).

Kalonga was then  listed a key witness in a case in which Mr. Mphwiyo is answering K2.4 billion cashgate charges.

He will be  appearing before the court on 6th February 2017 for cross examination from Mphwiyo’s lawyers.

Senzani had also named the former President as a key player in the scandal that saw close to 600 billion disappearing from the public coffer.



  1. Chifukwa choti mulibe ma office thats wy mumapanga report nkhani zopanda umboni. Mbuzi za anthu inu. koma akadakhala ena kuti apanga report nkhani imeneyo bwenzi inuyo muli # 1 kunyoza….

  2. inu ndiwolephera , mnazindikira kuti page ino ndi mbwelera mutakakamila kulemba zoti peter muthalika wamwalira ife mpaka kukhulupiliradi

  3. The problem with this so called Malawi news24 they try to be ontop of reporting news..they try to be the best..they try to be the first to report anything before anyone does..this is the reason why i dont like and dont want to read any of their reports..You guys lack professionalism and are very pathetic in your news collection. How can you publish something you dont kno anythin about? Mukapilitizia zimenezi u will soon be heavy slapped with legal litigation

  4. mbalame izi ndikuti anaphunzira pamateyala utola nkhani kuchilimba maeso ake a mij amaganiza ngat nkhuku athu awa kukhala ine nditakutengelani kukhoti ndithu

  5. i would rather ask family members to sue this shit page …inu munayitenga kuti mkhani yabozayi ..nkhani zomwe mumalemba inu 90% zimakhala zaboza.musinthe RIP MALAWI 24

  6. Ngati muli okwatila ndipo mulindiana muchepetse Bambo pakhomo ndiofunika kwambili olo akazan atakhala pantchito manyaz painu

  7. U deserve to be sued Malawi24!U play with moyo wamunthu zoona??Atakakhala bambo anu mungamve bwaah?Kuthamangira breaking news basi zaziii !!!Osafufuza Kaye nkhani bwanji??

  8. When you posted i immediately said “Lie Lie Lie,” You Need To Tell The Truth Like Caleb and Joshua to attract greatness, and i said Kalonga is alive. Congratulations for retraction and your apologies you are maturing with time. blessing always follow the humble and not the proud.

  9. First it was Madonna story,today is about Leonard Kalonga.What kind of page is this? Bring half baked stories oh not half baked but lies. I will never ever trust this page anymore.

  10. The problem with our Private Media reporters is that they work from Beerhall counters & after a few shots of undiluted Shooter or Win spirits. Footing the distances also makes so frustrated & exhausted to do any better job.

  11. masa pussy ma journals openga lak of knwledge skill and perfomance .you need to start farming kut njala ichepe or kumaweta mbuzi kwathu muzidya ma rands.

  12. What’s wrong with you guys? Malawi24 is apologizing for posting a wrong story and you are here attacking it? Even newspapers like The Nation, Daily times, etc make similar mistakes.The most important thing is to come and apologize.

  13. Most of us liked ur page,but now I can have the reason for withdrawing my trust in u guyz. This is not the frst tym u guyz gave us nosense of such kind,this is unprofesional.would u pliz STOP GIVING US UR VOMITS once and for all ? kapena pezani zina zochita coz ntchito imeneyi yakukanikani !

    EVIL.. HE WAS EVIL AS IS ALL THE CASHGATE NASTINESS. They all deserve the most severe punishment!

  15. I told you Malawi 24 that you need strong deliverance, and lion of Judah anointing oil, the demon controlling is very strong one day it will destroy your life. Receive JESUS Christ as your personal saviour before its too late. Attention seekers. REST IN PEACE MALAWI 24

  16. You owe this man a handsome apology not just by writing. This is very pathetic. He should sue you so that you can stop reporting your shit news before verifying.

  17. This is shit. You are not even apologising to Kalonga. Though a convict he has his human rights all over his body. Let Kalonga file a law suit kuti muone polekera nyasi zanuzi.

  18. this is the last am visiting this page, u r a disgrace, however, shud anyone sue u and ordered to pay damages DONT COMPLY, courts could be disobeyed…no hussles

  19. Kufuna kukhala pa top in reporting kkkkk but wat u hav to know is that u hav committed a serious crime here& the targeted person can sue u if he wants.learn to be professional when disminating info!!!

  20. *cant stop laughing*, i was buying #zipwemte at the junction while waiting for change i saw an elderly woman with a little child. the child was walking abit far than the woman and the woman shouted. “,Degree!! wait for me!!” i was so amazed hearing that name” so to satisfy my curiousity, i walked closer to the woman and asked,” Grandma, why do u call this child Degree?” The woman laughed and said,” i sent her mother to the chancellor college and this is what she brought home!!!!!!!!!

  21. Thats why i say Malawi 24 is rubbish. He has to sue you and ask for compasation worthy 1 billion kwacha. If you fail your online rhould be abolished.

  22. First, it was Peter now,Kalonga,romour mongers.Chinakupangitsani nchiyani?tatiuzeni.Ine ndikuona kuti chilipochilipo.Ngati simunena,a police akufunsitseni ,mwina mukudziwa something chomwe chimchitikire munthuyi.

  23. kweneso namwe mukulengeska nadi kuyooya va munthu kuti wafwa imwe mundafufuze sukulu mukasambira nkhuni panji mukadukira pa window mose uku.Kwe mwatikhozga soni mukalipire the family of that man you said is died must sue you or otherwise you all must be fired and hire new journalist because you are bunch of fools who can’t help us and Malawi as a nation

  24. Why would you make up somebody’ death?there’s something i don’t why on earth would you just come up with something like death?really?I think munamvesedwa penapake that leaonard aphedwa in prison so zakanika inu mutalemba kale…stupid journalists..Try doing something else..journalism aint your thing..your page is a disgrace!!you keep posting false sure of what you write here..don’t just make up silly things and put them here We are not stupid..

  25. hahahahaha is it Malawi24 or Malawi42 ? i wondered over your resent post that one of your reporters has been awarded as the best reporter. here u r contradictng urself. day b4 yesterday u also brought another retraction over ur fake news that went viral on social media. today its another. so am not wrong to say u r the best source of lies. shame on u.

  26. Ndikamati inu a Malawi 24 mitu yanu simagwira mwakhulupilira? Zokuwonerani inu mungalengeze za imfa ya munthu musanatsimikidze kuchokera kwa achibale ake a munthuyo? Apa zangosonyedzeratu kuti nonse kumeneko ntchito yanu simukuyidziwa. Mukungodziwa kudya m’memo basi. Mwapangawu ndi mlandu woopsa ngati simukudziwa a bwilibwisi inu. Mapadzi anu nonse.

  27. Iiiiiiiiii im afred of Malawi now Njaunju Chasowa Namathanga now Kalonga all these people have bean to spill to the entire nation i believe this is not a natural death the prison knows something

  28. Aliyese amafa kungoti ifa za ena sizitchuka kapumeni man #muzikabaso kumwambako mesa pano mwakwana atatu …mukamubereso mulungu kumeneko

  29. Some are saying he is not dead and u MW24 u’re saying he is dead, which is which? But if it is tru, then there must be something on within cachgate circles.

  30. I am very very sorry indeed. Very sorry and deeply saddened. Things are unfolding, unfolding and unfolding. I am seeing MALAWI MALAWI in satanism, blood, witchcraft and black devil slavery. Blackmail and threats. Divisions. Solving problems by elimination and killings. Theft, embezzlement misappropriation, corruption, thuggery, hoodwinking, lust for power are main causes. I am sure this is why the bible out-stands and shines with expression ‘sin committing another sin’. A sinner will never be at peace. In trying to find peace a sinner will employ Iscariot’s kiss. I would like to urge my fellow civil servants and citizens, never to allow themselves to be used by others whether in politics or within communities we live in. Code of ethics and business conduct must guide us always! Doing right, performing with excellence and respect for others ✊ Never seek shortcuts to self comfort and enrichment. Because lavish is languish. Never allow the devil to cheat you. You will finally be rewarded by God.

  31. Heading its too bad it lacks correct sentence construction. Becoz at some point. It sounds as if Director of finance has passed away. Sentence is too long to join this ending. Be serious

  32. Malawi 24 please be realistic .This bizarre how can you just wake up and tell people lies that Leonard Karonga is dead.This is very very unprofessional reporting .Why do you create a story without verifying .Call the prison authorities and verify the news if indeed what you have written is true.Am so disgusted with your way of reporting and news.If it someone who sent you to write such a story please go and return the money you have been given.STUPID REPORTING

  33. If it’s true there is alot of questions how prisoners fed in prison. They are not self. I can suggest they feed something wrong. We saw Therenza the way she passed away. It’s like we will get them when they are in prison.

  34. Sometimes these so called Mafias they forget that we are created by God and not we ourselves. I wish the could see how God admires the beauty of one soul when it is in hands . These people with lukeworms hearts could be instantly changed

  35. Koma ife tikagwila mbamva ndikuziotcha mumati ayi talakwitsa, nanga mbamva za cash gate zi bwanji inu mukuzikonza? kikkkkkk tangomasulani tiziotcha mwa ufulu, koma mumaopa nangasi inuso ndinu mbamvaso

  36. Inu nd infa bas ife kuno tataya anthu othandiza mdziko nd ena wat is so special nd iwowa rest in peace, kuweruza kokha sititha

  37. Saadati amenewo! Alakatika onse 1 by 1, misozi ya munthu wa pa Nyasaland ndi yoopsa, anthu akubereka maliro mzipatalamu kubwerera nawo kumudzi kusowa ambulance kamba ka gulu limenero IMFA YA OCHIMWA MULUNGU SAKONDWERA NAYO!

  38. Since there is not justice God is passing his own justice
    Same may happen to your minister of Agriculture
    Muzafa imfa yowawa ndithu

  39. we are all watching time will come to answer all these death, it was senzani at first now karonga. why only chash gate convicts? why are you sparing these maizegaters? behead them as well.

  40. Nonse ukhuzidwa ndiwawutaliiiii kumanda ngati mukumaba ndalama zaboma do you think anthu anthu amasangalala nazo, I don’t care who is he or she ndalamazo zikanathandiza mnjila zambiri mukupita one by one

  41. Director of public proscution is to blame key witnesses like Kalonga could have been put on witness protection programme where witnesses are provided with tight security

  42. The first one was Senzani,lero nduyu mawa ndi mkucha uno timva kuti uja ali exile uja naye wazima,munazunzu amphwawi anthu inu muzingolakatika m’modzimodzi choncho ngati makoswe obwila ufa osakaniza cement.

  43. Palibe sanabepo ndiwo mu phika chibadwileni?Awa inde ali mugulu la cashgate koma tiyeni tisalowetsepo imfa pa moyo wa munthu ndikulakwa.

  44. The guilty are always afraid, the mafia behind his death. Investigations should start from inside the prison. Money could have exchanged hands for his death. A key witness in the muilty billion cashgate scandal deserved tight security even in prison. I suspect a foul play.

  45. Something is wrong with cashgate….. and its becaz of the big ones…. I never get any information about the health status of Karonga… that proves he was in good health. But after kuwulura mmene cashgate imayendera and asanamalize he is dead??????? My Malawi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Not true …..These are are some of the stupid and poor souls aimed at damaging peoples reputation. Leonard Karonga is just very okay not even headache.

  46. ine phee laden kudya chaponda wanga owotcha after all ndiwoso mgonero.Winawe pachinyezi pakopo,ulibe mtendere,Nanga ndalama zobera miyoyo yambirimbiri yamalawi ikuzunzika mmidzimu nkupita nazo patali