Former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo and 18 other suspected fraudsters will appear before the high court today as hearing of their cashgate case continues.
According to reports, the case has derailed because the defense lawyers wanted the state to provide them with documents to make a proper defense.
As per the same information Mphwiyo and his accomplices who many of them are business persons are belived to have swindled government money amounting to K2.4 billion.
Recently, the Director of Public Prosecution, Mary Kachare said former budget director, Paul Mphwiyo masterminded the plunder of financial resources at Capitol Hill.
The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachare made the remarks in court when hearing of Paul Mphwiyo’s case and 18 others started.
“According to what we have gathered Paul Mphwiyo is the one who started the whole mess and he also persuaded other people to join the plunder,” she said.
In a similar fashion, cashgate convict, Leonard Karonga who appeared as a witness in the Mphwiyo case seconded Kachare’s claims by saying that he was introduced into cashgate by Mphwiyo.
“Mphwiyo found me and told me everything about cashgate and i also persuaded other officials at the ministry of tourism to join the plunder.
“Mphwiyo said that every ministry had a task to give the Peoples Party money for campaign and that we had to siphon money from treasury through what we call cashgate now and that is what we did.
“Companies were paid for neither performing anything nor supplying anything to government departments,” he said.