Malawi

Challenging sentencing considerations in Malawi's cashgate scandal

Depending on the sources you consult, Malawi’s infamous Cashgate corruption scandal involved between MWK236 billion and MWK577 billion of public funds. This wholesale looting of government money was made possible by loopholes in state financial systems, exploited by a wide range of people over a number of years. While trials are continuing, the most recent accused to be sentenced was a former top official in the ministry of tourism, Leonard Karonga. Carmel Rickard takes a look at some of the difficult challenges faced by the court in deciding his punishment.

YOU don’t have to be an expert on Malawi politics or up to date with its legal quirks to see that in the sentencing case of R v Karonga something very unusual is going on.

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