Cashgate arrests take centre stage scandal as ACB sounds coy on arresting JB

In its quest to get to the root of
what transpired in the Cashgate
scandal which saw up to MK20.3
Billion lost through fraud, the
Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) has
arrested several top notch
figures in the country on
miscellaneous charges.
In an interview with Malawi24,
ACB`s spokesperson, Egrita Ndala
was quick to rule out the arrests
are arising in a way of political
witch hunting as most of the
arrested were top officials in the
previous regime, arguing that
the body is not arresting people
for `fun`.
According to
Ndala, reports
which indicate
that former
president Joyce
Banda under
whose era the
scandal got
revealed, is on
the `list` to be
arrested by the
body are not
real saying it
has not issued
any report to
the media on
who it intends
to arrest.
“We are not arresting people for
fun; perhaps let us not mention
people we will arrest. Everyone
who we have in our
investigations will be arrested.
However, this is not something
we are doing out of fun` Ndala
told Malawi24 at a time when
trends of the Cashgate over
flocked the country`s online
media.
She added “We cannot say more
on arresting Joyce Banda or
anybody else. We are arresting
out of investigations and not
guesses”
This comes at a time when the
graft busting body nabbed
former Budget Director Paul
Mphwiyo, wife Thandie and
Director of Office of Directorate
of Public Assets Declaration
Christopher Tukula over the
weekend on various charges.
Mphwiyo whose charges of
money laundering and theft
charges are now said to be at
MK2.4 Billion is apparently in
police custody pending a ruling
on his application slated for
Wednesday.
On the other hand Tukula, who is
also a lawyer but profession, was
arrested for allegedly interfering
with investigations into the
ongoing cases on Cashgate.
On Monday, the ACB arrested
Peoples Party senior member,
Hophmally Makande, on charges
of conspiracy to defraud
government in relation to Section
35 of the Corrupt Practices Act.
Arrested: Makande
Makande had handed himself to
police after he reportedly got a
tip an arrest warrant for him was
obtained by the ACB.
It also nabbed lawyer Ishmael
Chioko who Malawi24
understand was arrested
following leads after the arrest of
Mphwiyo
At the moment, People’s Party
(PP) Deputy Director of Political
Affairs., Ephraim Chibvunde is
also in the hands of ACB on
matters related to the scandal.
As we went to press, Ex-Deputy
Inspector General of Police, who
was also the Chairperson for the
Cashgate investigations
Committee, Nelson Bophani was
reported to have been on the
verge on getting arrested as well
with other looming arrests
expected in the next 24 hours
Under arrest: Tukula
The ACB has since been coy on
whether the arrested are those
found in the audit report
submitted by British Audit firm
Baker Tilly.
ACB pegged the sum of the
money lost within the period of
three months (April-September
2013) at around MK20.3 Billion.
At the moment, the body has
called on Malawians to keep their
fingers crossed saying it will
sustain the strides to have justice
prevail and the law to take its
course on the scandal which saw
Malawi`s donor partners pulling
out aid.

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