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#Malawi: How the first Cashgate convict got only 3 yrs for stealing billions

By Mabvuto Banda On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Mrs Treza Namathanga Senzani, Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism was given a nine months custodial sentence on theft charges and three years for money laundering. Mrs Senzani became the first cash-gate suspect to be jailed.  She was among the many accused of exploiting a loophole… Read More ›


  By Mabvuto Banda More arrests in the cashgate scam are in the offing as the new administration steps up investigations to get to the main players and beneficiaries, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale disclosed, warning that no one will be spared if found to have participated in the looting of public funds. Kaphale, who lauded… Read More ›

Pres Joyce Banda

I will feel powerful when women in Africa take their rightful place as equals -Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda, the first female President in southern Africa, had a tumultuous two years in power. In July she conceded defeat in a very controversial election. In this interview with Mabvuto Banda writing for the London based New African magazine, she explains her last eight days in office, why she believes the election was rigged… Read More ›

#Malawi to increase funding in anti-graft war

Malawi plans to increase funding to anti-graft institutions and police to fight corruption in a bid to win back key donors who are withholding crucial budget support as a result of corruption. Donors last November announced an aid freeze of US$150 million after the scandal, known locally as “cash-gate”, in which an estimated $15 million… Read More ›

#Malawi: Sacked Justice Minister arrested for attempted murder

By Mabvuto Banda Ralph Kasambara, sacked last month from cabinet as Justice Minister, has been arrested for attempted murder. “He was arrested early this morning [Friday] after a search for him yesterday,” Justice Minister Fahad Assani said. Kasambara was dropped as Justice Minister early this month and an arrest warrant was issued immediately in-connection with… Read More ›

#Malawi police search the homes of sacked jutsice minister

Malawi police have searched the homes of sacked Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara, officials close the investigations have said but could not disclose why and what they have found. “We have searched Mr Kasambara’s Area 10 Lilongwe residence which he was using when he was Minister and police are currently searching his Nyabandwe residence in Blantyre,”… Read More ›

#MALAWI: How the Ministry of Tourism lost US$12 million in dubious payments

Mabvuto Banda Over US$12 million (K4.8 billion) is suspected to have been siphoned out from the Ministry of Tourism between July and September 2013 through dubious payouts that have also led to the arrest of two senior officials at the ministry. During the six-months the Ministry paid out more than K5.8 billion, of which K363… Read More ›

How a #Malawi central bank policy helped the looting of public funds

By Mabvuto Banda New details have emerged that government instructed some commercial banks to honour all its cheques for any amount without any limit on behalf of the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM), a policy that looters took advantage of. A change in payment policy-according to an interim report from a Treasury-sanctioned investigative audit of… Read More ›

Government corruption cripples healthcare in Malawi

Originally posted on Africa – News and Analysis:
IRIN Government corruption “cripples” Malawi’s health sector FEEDBACKEMAILPRINTEASY READ SHARE Photo: Laura Lopez Gonzalez/IRIN Corruption has diverted funds from already under-funded health facilities LILONGWE, 24 October 2013 (IRIN) – Extensive looting of public funds by government officials in Malawi has dangerously undermined the country’s public health sector,…

Vox Pop: #Malawians mock #Zuma

Malawians on Wednesday mocked South African President Jacob Zuma describing him as uncivilised for remarks he made on Tuesday. While trying to justify e-tolls for roads in South Africa, Zuma said: “We can’t think like Africans, in Africa, generally. We are in Johannesburg, this is Johannesburg. It’s not some national road in Malawi”. This has… Read More ›


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