Mwanamvekha implicated in cashgate

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Former Malawi Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo, has implicated Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Mwanamvekha, in another cashgate scandal that saw $30 million (about MK22 Billion) meant for the procurement of weapons for peacekeeping missions vanish into thin air, an independent investigation has revealed.

A report by Center for Investigative Journalism Malawi (CIJM) claims that Mphwiyo fingered out Mwanamvekha, whon has been moved from Trade to Agriculture ministry by President without a proper explanation.

In warn and caution statements to the Malawi Police Service, Mphwiyo is said to have named Mwanamvekha as the person who masterminded the looting of $30 million that the United Nations refunded to the Malawi government for money used to procure weapons for peacekeeping in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

According to Mphwiyo, an account was opened at the then Malawi Savings Bank now FDH Bank where the United Nations allegedly made the refund.

Joseph Mwanamvekha

‘Mwanamvekha knows somethimg’

However, the money can no longer be traced, and only Mwanamvekha knows where this money went, Mphwiyo has been quoted as saying by CIJM.

Mwanamvekha ignored several calls when CIJM wanted to get his side of the story. However, an investigative by the Center shows that there is no record that Mwanamvekha was never questioned by the Malawi Police or the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to explain where the cash went.

Neither the Malawi Police Service nor the graft-busting body, the Anti-Corruption Bureau has probed the mystery surrounding the $30 million refund from the United Nations. CIJM’s inquiries to both MPS and ACB have hit a wall as officers from these two government agencies promised to come back with answers but never did.

According to the Center, Mphwiyo also reaffirms his conviction that former Justice Minister and Attorney General Ralph Kasambara was the mastermind of the plot to murder him despite his recent claims that he was forced to implicated the disgraced Justice Minister.

“But in the same statement, the former Budget Director says that Ralph Kasambara was pushing for billions of kwacha in payments to some companies, although owners of those companies were not pushing for the monies themselves” reports CIBM.

It is said Mphwiyo mentioned Delco Terrastone, which had been contracted to build Malawi Parliament which Malawi’s former diplomatic friend Taiwan had pledged to fund. However, when Malawi switched diplomatic ties to mainland China, the Chinese brought their own people who constructed the new Parliament.

“Mphwiyo said government paid compensation in full, though he did not specify the amount. Regardless, Kasambara was pushing Mphwiyo to pay an additional MK9 billion Delco Terrastone” adds CIJM.

The Delco case was a default judgment which the Attorney-General’s office, then headed by Kasambara, did not contest.

Cashgate is a financial scandal involving looting of public funds. It is believed that over half a trillion of public funds were stolen from the Capital Hill between 2009 and 2013.

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  1. CHIPANI CHA DPP KULIBE MUNTHU YEMWE NDIOSABA NDIPO KUCHOKELA PAMWAMBA MPAKANA PANSI THATS WHY ACB IMAGWILA NTCHITOSO MWAMANTHA ANTHU AKE NDIOKHAOKHAWO AKUMANGA CHIPANI CHA DPP OKUBA OMWEOMWEO ZACHAMBA

  2. Akukhala ngati ndi ofasa koma ndi mbamva yooophya. Anagwesa Malawi savings Bank. kenako kukakala ku Treasury kumpika wa chuma cha Boma. Ameneyo asamusiye.

  3. kudakakhala kuti maiko amatha kumagulitsidwa ngati mene zimakhalira ku masewero a mpira kumagulitsana ma player, dziko la malawi bwezi likusowa tsika ndiponso bwezi likungokhalira ku loan kuti lisamaonekere kuti likusalidwa

  4. NEWS JUST COMING IN
    Court in Blantyre has granted bail to former agriculture minister Dr. George Chaponda on condition that he provides K200, 000 bond, two sureties bonded at K2 million each, surrenders his traveling documents and report to ACB once a fortnight.

  5. Mwanamveka has been a star in this govt in as far as performance in concerned until the time I read this post 0 pa 0 mbava! Wanenayo ndi igwe wa mbava zonse sanganame

  6. This is the reason why some lawians are very very poor indeed while others are very very rich. 22bilion for #mwananvekha while thousands of cilvil servants are kept 1 to 2months unpayed,unemployed…… Zopusa…

  7. Koma munthu onyoza dpp ndimaona ngati ndi zp , chifukwa kuba kwa chisawawa kunalowa ndi amuluzi, bingu anakuthetsa, ndipo analamula kuti mbava iphani, nomwenu munkadandaula, analowa jb ndipamene pachitika ubve wa wakuba mopatsa manyaziku, pena pake mukamalakhula kumaganiza osamalakhula ngati mwa badwa dzulo.

  8. Stealing from the poor of poorest on earth!!God punishes the children for the sins of their fathers, NO ONE WILL ESCAPE THIS,,,,Pitilizani kubako

  9. Life yaku Malawi yavuta chifukwa nduna zakumpanda zikukonda ndalama ngati a zimayi ama Bala, palibe chabwino ku Malawi, usunge ndalama ku bank mavuto okhaokha ammount yandalama zathu ikutsika without drow. Kufusa zayenda bwanji ndalama apa yankho lenileni osalipeza, Kamlepo kalua ndiwa nzeru koma poti aliyekha nzeru zake zimangothela mkamwa mwake alibe support, koma akanakhalapo anthu 7 ngati Kamlepo bwezi pano tikusimba lokoma, ufulu unapita kunakhala ndikungo lizana ndi ku belana, tiyeni tivale zilimbe chifukwa mchitedwe onyasuwu siuzatha kuno ku Malawi mpaka YESU adzambelaso

  10. eeeeee guyz ku bomaku kuli umbava zedi,kodi titani?lamulo loti apezeke akuba ndalama zaboma angophedwa lingakjale nyatwa beanji kkkkkkl

  11. The journey continues 2 are already out we are remaining with 5 out of 7 rotten to the core cabinet ministers.And one wonders how can you entrust somebody with ministerial position with these allegations.Zoopsatu!.

  12. ACB do ur job!,Malawi is not a poor country,it has pontetial resourbes,donars but peoqle remain poorer and poorer coz such greedy,monopoly individuals,cut off their necks or burry them alive#

  13. “times are those figures are pointed to the public noise makers just to realise that the noise makers had a point of wisdom- Leon Trotsky- Russia”

    no need for explanation on my above quote…..to those of you good @interprating u can grasp what brilliant Trotsky meant …… it ws chaponda,nankhumwa, now its Mwanavekha implicated …..don’t u get a point . .there ?…..search me then

  14. Ine Monga M’malawi I Wish Anthu Amenewa Angophedwa.Kod Makako Aja Alipo? Ngt Alipo Taptani Mukawasuke Nd Sandpaper.Khumbo Langa Nd Lot Anthuwa Aphedwe.

  15. Okuba samanga wakuba mzake dziko lanyasalande kungochokela chaka chomwe kunalawa zipani zambiri aliyese amene Ali wa ndale ndi wakuba mufune musafune zonzezi ndi amuluzi amawawuza anthu kuti kumachangamuka pa town kuba kuba kuba ndipo mbava komaso kholo la mbava zonsezi muluzi bakili Ernest mbaya yayikulu yomwe yaphuzitsa ena onse tikuwanena chifukwa nthawi ya Dr Banda nyasi zonsezi kunalibe olo pang’ono

  16. kamlepo ananena pali nduna 7 zimene zikukhuzidwa ndiza katangale, wayamba kulowa m’khoti ndi chaponda wina ndi uyu mwanamveka kwasala 5

  17. Thus it kamlepo akamanena that some ministers are corrupt amati ndiwamisala ndiye mwanamveka akutchulidwa apayu ndindani many malawians we rush on blaming someone even if we don’t have enough information on certain issues