LILONGWE (Tamanda Mwale, Malawi NewsNow)- Cashgate convict Leonard Kalonga, who is former Chief of Tourism, has told High Court in Lilongwe that former Ministry if Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo was the mastermind of ‘Cashgate’ scandal – plunder of public resources at Capital Hill.
He was testifying at the High Court sitting at the Lilongwe City Council chamber that he was lured into Cashgate through his friend a Mr Makina who was working for the Accoutant General’s Department before he was appointed to a diplomatic post in Zimbabwe, in April 2013.
Kalonga said in the course of their conversation, Makina promised to introduce him to “people who matter in government” so that he could excel.
He was testifying in the case in which Mphwiyo and others are accused of being involved in the loss of K2.4 billion by fraudulent means.
Ten former civil servants and nine contractors are defending themselves in the case.
Kalonga told the court that Mphwiyo told him that most ministries and departments in government were active in raising funds for the then ruling People’s Party (PP) for its 2014 elections campaigm.
He lured Kalonga to joing the institutionalised looiting for PP in order to do well in life.
Kalonga promised Mphwiyo to recruit other people in accounts department at Ministry of Tourism and the then chief accountant George Banda was identified.
He said Banda also recruited other people in the accounts department including Micheak Mphatso and Samuel Mzanda.
Kalonga said Mphwiyo asked them to identify suppliers whose accounts would be used in the process of siphoning money from government financial system.