Tags: Capital Hill

2010 Cashgate  case in court

The High Court in Lilongwe on Wednesday started hearing  a case involving 14 civil servants believed to be the masterminds of looting public funds at Capital Hill between November 2010 and June 2011. It emerged during a court appearance on Wednesday that the 14 allegedly conspired to swindle public funds amounting to K201 million during…

Judiciary rejects salary hike offer

The Malawi Judiciary support staff has rejected a proposed salary increment from government and has since demanded between 17 and 35 percent age points more over and above the Capital Hill offer, The Nation has learnt. A circular we have seen titled ‘Judiciary Support Staff Salary October 2014’ indicates that government proposed a 51 percent increment for…

Malawi for strong public finance systems

In the wake of the devastating effects of Cashgate, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Goodall Gondwe has said Malawi is undergoing a serious public finance system change to prevent looting of public funds. The minister said Cashgate, the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill, resulted from a weak public finance system and…

Sithole gets 9 years for Cashgate role

Cashgate suspect Victor Sithole on Tuesday became the second public officer to be jailed in connection with the plunder of public resources known as Cashgate when the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court sentenced him to nine years imprisonment with hard labour. Senior resident magistrate Patrick Chirwa’s sentence surpasses that of High Court judge Ivy Kamanga who sentenced…

Government auditing arrears, claims

Secretary to the Treasury Ronald Mangani says his office has started auditing arrears or claims made by suppliers of goods and services to government to verify their authenticity before making any payments. The development comes in the wake of the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill by civil servants and private companies widely known…

Court defers Senzani bail, describes action as premature

The High Court in Lilongwe yesterday deferred hearing of an application for bail by convicted former principal secretary Tressa Senzani, describing the action as premature. In her ruling on the matter, High Court Judge Ivy Kamanga said the action by the defence to seek bail pending an appeal in the Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal…

Civil servants want 50% pay raise

A meeting between the Civil Servants Trade Union (CSTU) and its members in Lilongwe yesterday nearly degenerated into chaos after union leaders failed to disclose how much they were demanding from government after rejecting the proposed 24 percent increment in the 2014/15 National Budget. Civil servants, mainly from within Capital Hill, gathered around 10am to…

AfDB earmarks K6bn for Malawi budget support

Tunisia-based African Development Bank (AfDB) says it is discussing with government the possibility of resuming budget support to Malawi and has since earmarked $15 million (about K6 billion) towards the 2014/15 national budget. AfDB country representative Andrew Mwaba broke the news to The Nation on Thursday at Capital Hill in Lilongwe on the sidelines of…

ACB quizzes MDF officers over Cashgate

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has been questioning some officials of the Malawi Defence Force (MDF) over some suspected fraudulent payments suspected to be part of the Capital Hill Cashgate, Army Commander General Ignasio Maulana has confirmed. Maulana made the revelation in an interview in Lilongwe yesterday on the sidelines of a multinational training workshop on…

Malawi orders fresh Cashgate audit

Minister of Finance Goodall Gondwe announced on Thursday government has immediately launched a fresh forensic audit at State House, Malawi Defence Forces (MDF) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) as part of a probe into the Cashgate. Addressing a press briefing at Parliament building in Lilongwe, Gondwe pledged that there would be no “sacred cows” in…

Goodall, Chuka to meet over kwacha

Finance of Minister Goodall Gondwe has said on Friday he would be meeting Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) Governor Charles Chuka over the exchange rate movement. Gondwe disclosed this in an exclusive interview in Lilongwe last Friday at Capital Hill when asked to provide his opinion on the recent continued appreciation of the kwacha-notably against…

Goodall pledges economic stability

Newly-appointed Finance Minister Goodall Gondwe has described the state of the economy as ‘depressed’ saying there is little economic activity taking place. But Gondwe, now doubling also as the Economic Planning Minister, has vowed to bring about the much-needed macroeconomic stability by lowering down both interest and inflation rates as well as maintain enough foreign…

Goodall outlines cashgate harm, productive sectors suffered

President Peter Mutharika’s lone Cabinet minister Goodall Gondwe has decried the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill, commonly known as Cashgate, saying the scandal has done Malawi much harm both domestically and internationally. Speaking in an exclusive interview, Gondwe, who was appointed Minister of Finance and Economic Planning and Development on June 6 2014,…

Cashgate tool for persecution—PP

Former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP) has expressed fears that the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is set to persecute its ‘innocent’ members linked to the Cashgate scam. The party also says it does not have full trust in President Peter Mutharika’s offer of an olive branch, describing it as “misplaced and mere lip…

10 more cashgate files submitted

The Auditor General on Friday handed over 10 more case files to prosecuting authorities to facilitate investigations and prosecution of cases of theft of K6.1 billion from government coffers, but Malawians should not expect fresh arrests, according to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB). In the past month, civil society organisations (CSOs) and opposition politicians have been…

Kalonga pleads not guilty in Cashgate case

Former deputy director in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga, yesterday pleaded not guilty to charges of theft and money laundering involving K105.9 million which he allegedly stole from the ministry between July and October last year. Businessperson Angela Katengeza, who owns Faith Construction, also pleaded not guilty to the offence of money laundering for…

Import cover calculating figure now $191 million

Malawi’s monthly import cover calculating figure has jumped 1.5 percent to $191 million (US$454 762) from the $188.1 million (US$447 857) the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) has confirmed, meaning that the economy’s usage of foreign exchange for imports is fast increasing. This could be in view of the availability of foreign exchange which has…