A Malawi court Tuesday ordered a senior government official jailed for three years, in the first sentence to be handed down in the so-called Cashgate scandal that led to the suspension of foreign aid to the country. Treza Namathanga Senzani, the former principal secretary in the tourism ministry, pleaded guilty to stealing $150,000 from state coffers, and was condemned to three years behind bars for money laundering and theft. "Despite being a first offender, she does not deserve a suspended sentence," ruled judge Ivy Kamanga. The judge also ordered that the funds she pilfered be forfeited to government. The cash was part of a broader swindle worth at least $30 million. The judge said that as a principal secretary, Senzani "was a custodian of money and willingly stole government money." "It was an illegal act that had an impact on the economy." Senzani, 50, who looked composed after the two-hour long sentence ruling, was arrested last year after a probe found she issued two government cheques to her own company even though it did not provide any goods or services to the state. She is one of the dozens of civil servants charged with theft and money laundering. Defence lawyer Nector Mhura plans to appeal the sentence.
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QUESTION #11 FROM OUR SURVEYS
- A review of the literature on ACAs indicates that there is no standard approach or model when it comes to the establishment of an ACA and the definition of its mandate.
- Some ACAs have been created from scratch, while others have built on existing ombudsman offices, special units within police departments, or justice departments.
- The ACAs included in this initiative are no different. The majority of ACAs have some preventive and investigating functions, but prosecution is carried out by less than half.
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OF COUNTRIES HAVE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION LAWS
FROM OUR COUNTRY CROSS-ANALYSIS
The existence of anti-corruption laws is the first step in addressing corruption and creating an enabling environment for ACAs to operate effectively. Anti-corruption laws and regulations such as freedom of information, conflict of interest legislation, whistle-blower protection and financial disclosure, can facilitate the investigative and prosecution functions of ACAs.
For this reason, many countries have introduced this type of laws, as the data collected highlights. This may appear encouraging for the seemingly widespread existence of a comprehensive legal system in support of ACAs activities. It is however important to stress that the data presented capture the existence of the laws (“de jure” system) and not whether the laws are implemented (“de facto”).