There has been a fast development of events over the infamous Cashgate scandal that saw billions of tax payers money swindled from government coffers towards the end of 2013.
Early this month first cashgate suspect, Theresa Namathanga Senzani, a former Principal Sectetary in the Ministry of Tourism was convicted and given a three year custodial sentence at the High Court in Lilongwe.
Senzani’s lawyer, Necton Mhura, has since said he will appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court to reduce the sentence, citing his client pleaded guilty and returned the K61 million channeled through her company.
Also found guilty is former assisant accountant, Victor Thole. Thole was charged with theft and laundering money. His sentence is scheduled for October 28.
In other developments, newly appointed Assets Declaration director, Christopher Tukula, budget director Paul Mphwiyo and his wife,Thandie, were arrested on Friday and Saturday reapectively. Tukula was charged with interfering with the ongoing investigations in the cashgate. While the couple was charged with theft and money laundering.
Tukula and Mphwiyo’s wife have been granted bail while Paul has been detained awaiting a ruling on his bail application by the magistrate court judge on Wednesday October 22.
On Tuesday evening Deputy Inspector General of Police, Nelson Bophani, has also been arrested In connection with the cashgate and is yet to be charged. Bophani was recently appointed chairperson of the Cashgate investigation committee.
These arrests have been made by the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB).