January 28, 2017 by Staff Reporter
A viral “news” piece which reported on the death of former Assistant Director in the Ministry of Tourism and a Cashgate criminal Leonard Kalonga is confirmed to be fake.
On Friday the social media was stormed with fake news that, the Cash-gate convict Kalonga passed away at Dr. Chirwa’s hospital at Area 10 in the capital city Lilongwe.
Kalonga, served as Assistant Director of Tourism, was convicted soon after pleading guilty in August 2015 for stealing close to K4 billion of public funds. He is however yet to be sentenced and currently on remanded at Zomba maximum prison.
He once named and implicated Malawi former president Joyce Banda as cashgate’s big fish, saying the loot was intended to fuel Banda’s presidential campaign.
Besides implicating Joyce Banda who he said was pocketing 60 percent of the loot, Kalonga also named former budget director Paul Mphwiyo whose shooting led to the unraveling of Cashgate scandal.
He claimed the former budget director was promoted to the position by President Banda as a token of appreciation for his ‘good work’ in sourcing funds for People’s Party (PP).