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Karim’s bail revoked as Kalonga names Mphwiyo in Cashgate

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has advised the Malawi Police to hunt for cashgate suspect Limumba Karim whose bail has been revoked by the High Court in Lilongwe.

The Court revoked bail after it learnt that the suspect had jumped bail on the pretext that he was unwell.
DPP Mary Kachale told local press that efforts to get proof of the suspect’s ill health proved futile, hence her application to have Karim’s bail revoked.

“His lawyer has just been verbally telling us that Karim is unwell and he is in South Africa receiving treatment. But when we asked for written proof of his illness, we did not get it; hence the application for the revocation of the bail and issuance of warrant of arrest on Karim and the court has granted.
“Following this, we expect the Police to start hunting for the suspect to effect the warrant of arrest,” said Kachale.
Meanwhile, Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga told the Court that plunder of public resources was masterminded by the former Ministry of Finace Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.
Kalonga, who until his arrest was Assistant Director Responsible for Planning and Development in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Culture, also alleged that he was introduced to the Cashgate scheme by the former Budget Director.
Kalonga told the court that most Ministries and departments were siphoning money for the then ruling People’s Party (PP) for its 2014 elections campaign.
Kalonga, who is the first state witness in a case in which Mphwiyo and 18 others are answering K2.4 billion Cashgate-related charges, further claimed that he was told [by Mphwiyo] that if he wanted to do better in life, he should be part of the scheme.   
Kalonga will continue narrating his side of story on Tuesday and hearing will run through to Friday, according to Kachale.
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