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Ex-auditor general testifies in Henry Odillo’s case

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By Audrey Kapalamula:

Former auditor general (AG), Stephenson Kamphasa, Thursday told the High Court in Lilongwe that Thuso Group Company, which was contracted to supply ammunition to Malawi Defence Force (MDF), did not deliver any goods despite receiving payment.

Kamphasa is among State witnesses who are testifying in the K2.4 billion money laundering case involving former army commander, Henry Odillo, and three others.

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Kamphasa said, when conducting an audit in 2013 when theft in ministries and the government agencies was discovered, his office did not get hold of any delivery note of any ammunition contract between MDF and Thuso.

He, however, told the court about different bank transactions between MDF and the company.

“After examining the terms of delivery, they did not produce any information relating to delivery of goods as evidence,” he said.

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Kamphasa said his office conducted the audit after discovering that there was theft in the government system and, among other things, found suspicious transactions at MDF.

State Prosecutor, Kamudoni Nyasulu , took Kamphasa through various documents highlighting activities done within the contract.

Kamphasa, after analysing the documents related to the purchase of goods, said there was lack of consistency in some of the documents, raising suspicion on the legitimacy of transactions involved.

“There were different addresses of Thuso Group. There were several letters talking about the contract and prices in different currencies as opposed to what was in the contract agreement. The invoices carried different accounts,” he said.

Kamphasa also said their audit report discovered that some invoices requesting payment of finished goods were sent earlier than letters indicating their commitment to deliver the finished goods.

He also confirmed different bank transactions and e-mails that were revealed in support of their investigations.

The case continues today for cross-examination after one of the defence lawyers, Titus Mvalo, requested for time to review the evidence that Kamphasa provided to the court.

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