Cashgate: Leonard Kalonga gets 7 years

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Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga has been handed a 7-year jail sentence for stealing close to K4 billion of public funds.

Kalonga, who worked as Ministry of Tourism Assistant Director, was convicted in August 2015 for his involvement in the infamous cashgate scandal. 

Leonard Kalonga Cashgate

Kalonga

He has been in prison ever since, implying he has served about half of his sentence.

Kalonga named and implicated Malawi former president Joyce Banda as cashgate’s big fish, saying the loot was intended to fuel Mrs. Banda’s 2014 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 unraveling of the Cashgate scandal.

Kalonga 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 Joyce Banda and her People’s Party (PP). Joyce Banda maintains her innocence.

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

Dudge Fiona Mwale, who presided over the ruling, imprisoned Mr Kalonga to 7 years and 6 month for laundering K3.7 billion charge.

She also handed him 2 years for facilitating laundering of the money and a year for the third count of conspiring to commit fraud.

The sentences will run concurrently.

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17 Comments

  1. Malamulo akuyenera kuunikidwa,,,wakuba ndalama zaboma (misonkho yathu)azibweza zose kudziko zikapitilize kugwira ntchito yake yachitukuko,,ngati anadya azilandidwa katundu yese,,ichi chikhoza kukhala chilango cholondola.kusiyana ndikukakhala kundende masiku atatu basi ndalama zaboma zapita pamenepo,,,Noo!! Dziko litukuka bwanji pamenepa?

  2. Zikuoneka kuti mkulu uyu ali ndi khalidwe labwino, chaka cha mawa mwezi ngati omweuno tidzamva zoti watuluka.

  3. Its just cumbersome and a disgrace to the Malawi nation,these so called the cashgaters & maizgaters milking an already thin cow,to a nation which is donor dependant,insteady of moving 4 steps forward ,we turning backwards,the health and education sector are lacking material and financial support yet unscrupulous and mischievous individuals depleting the resources,7 yrs is like smearing honey on their lips,kkkk

    • Nkona amati tizilimbikira sukulu mbuli zimaba mbuzi anapita kuxul …amaba billions…ndie nthawi yamilandu mbuli zimakanikaso kuziteteza kubwalo lamirandu nkona ma 9yrs amavumbuluka…xul ndibwezi lamoyo

  4. Aaaaah tikumva pompano ayi wawonetsa khalidwe labwino watuluka, mmm kundende mkwawathu osauka zoona Koma oweluza olungama a kubwela amene sazatengela kutchuka kaya chuma.

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