ACB arrests former Tourism official over 2013 Cashgate corruption scandal

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Oddoi Kamange, a former procurement officer at the Ministry of Tourism, was on Tuesday nabbed by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) on suspicion that he knowingly received proceeds of crime amounting to MK6million in 2013, which was connected to "Cashgate" corruption scandal which involved large-scale looting of government coffers.

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 ACB Senior public relations officer Egrita Ndalasaid Kamange received the money from one of the Cashgate convicts, Esnart Ndovie “while fully knowing that it represented proceeds of crime”.


Ndala added that Kamange is also suspected to have stolen close to K13million from the Malawi Government. 


“Mr. Oddoi Kamange is likely to be charged with two counts of money laundering contrary to Section 42 (1) (c) of the Financial Crimes Act and one count of theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code. He will be taken to court after the Bureau has recorded a statement from him,” said Ndala.


In 2015, the Lilongwe High Court convicted Esnart Ndovie after she pleaded guilty to two Cashgate related charges, involving K12million. She was sentenced to three years and three months jail.

 

If convicted, Kamande would join Osward Lutepo, Maxwell Namata, Wyson Zinyemba Soko, Victor Sithole and Luke Kasamba in jail on miscellaneous cases into the 2013 wanton plunder of resources by public officials, which forced donors to withhold aid to Malawi.

 

Cashgate is the biggest financial scandal in Malawi's history after an audit discovered that $30 miilion had been looted by officials in less than six months in 2013.

 

Dozens of civil servants, business people and politicians have been implicted in the scam. 

International donors pulled the plug on aid of around $150 million over the scandal.

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