Cashgate crisis. Steps being taken to protect big fish
The first conviction in Malawi’s Cashgate case has set the tone for the rest of the trial; senior politicians on all sides may find themselves implicated. On 28 August former Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, Treaser Namathanga-Senzani pleaded guilty to theft of public funds and agreed that she would return K63 million (R1.7m) to the exchequer.
The shooting of Finance Ministry Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo last October led to the uncovering of the theft of K13 billion (R362m) in public money by civil servants and politicians is Malawi’s gravest political crisis since multi-party democracy began. The theft was carried out by submitting inflated invoices or bills for non-existent services.