, Malawi Government today publicly released the much-awaited Baker Tilly forensic audit report containing names of companies and individuals who allegedly siphoned money from government amounting to K24 billion between April and September, 2013.
However, the appendices contained in the report made available to media houses yesterday are missing a list of individuals linked directly or indirectly to cashgate and charts showing links between individuals and businesses involved in cashgate.
The report however contains a list of 49 individuals who between them had a hand in siphoning K24 billion of public funds.
Former commander Henry Odillo and his deputy Clement Kafuwa have been implicated as they were signatories several cheques, K3 billion to International Procurement Services (IPS) owned by Lutepo and K1.5 billion to South Africa based Thuso Group owned by Alexander Banda and Nelson Kauwa.
But contrary to popular belief, names of suspects who allegedly stole from Malawians do not include senior politicians such the vice president Khumbo Kachali and former president Joyce Banda but Minister of Justice Samuel Tembenu told the media that investigations into cashgate were still on-going.
The auditors have however identified nine people who are linked to companies involved in cashgate, among them son to the former president, Roy Kachale.
The report states that in total 104 government of Malawi cheques, totalling K 6.9 billion were paid to 39 different companies when they had not supplied any services to government the majority of which were deleted from the system.
Speaking during the press conference to release the report, Tembenu who was flanked by Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa and deputy Auditor General Langton Gomani, stressed that the report was not an indictment of anybody but investigations into how government lost billions.
“The report is not a court judgment and should be treated as an investigative report. Most of the names here are already in the public domain and these people are answering cases in court,” Tembenu said.
He also ruled out chances of the report having been doctored saying it was a PDF format and could not be tampered with in any way.
Read a detailed of this story in THE NATION tomorrow to find out which law firms have been named, banks which cashed the most Cashgate cheques and more.
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