Cashgate Scandal: Katengeza Jailed Five Years

Cashgate convict Angella Katengeza has been handed a five-year jail term by the Lilongwe High Court for being implicated in the K105.9 million theft of public funds.

Katengeza’s sentencing was on Tuesday at the High Court and she has since started serving her jail term at Maula Prison.

She was charged alongside former assistant director of tourism, Leonard Kalonga, for conspiring to use the her company Faith Construction to defraud government.

High Court judge Fiona Mwale handed Katengeza jail term despite plea by her lawyer Gilbert Khonyongwa who has asked the court to consider a non-custodial sentence.

Khonyongwa said will discuss with his client on whether to appeal against the sentence.

Katengeza was in March this year found guilty in the K105.9 million ($146 444) money laundering case.

She was co-accused with a former assistant director of tourism at Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga who awaits sentencing.

But Katengeza has denied benefiting from the money, claiming she was used by Kalonga to siphon K105.6 million from government.

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