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K105m Cashgate case nears end

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Cashgate suspect, Angella Katengeza, is soon expected to know her fate in a case in which she is answering charges of money laundering involving about K105.9 million.

This follows completion of cross-examination by both the State and the defence yesterday.

Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) Deputy Director General Reyneck Matemba cross-examined Katengeza. Her lawyer, Gilbert Khonyongwa, also had an examination-in-chief with her.

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In an interview later, Khonyongwa said Judge Fiona Mwale has set dates for written submissions.

“We have finished the case. What remains now is to make written submissions. That will be done in the next three weeks. We have been told to submit the documents by October 7, 2015. Thereafter, the State will have a maximum of two weeks to respond to our submissions,” Khonyongwa said.

It is expected that after the process, which is expected to be completed by October 21 2015, the court will set a date when Mwale will deliver judgement on the case.

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Katengeza has been answering the case alongside Cashgate convict, former Assistant Director in the Ministry of Tourism, Leonard Kalonga.

Kalonga was, however, removed from the case after he pleaded guilty to all Cashgate charges against him two weeks ago.

Katengeza, who maintained a plea of not guilty, is answering the charge of money laundering.

Before Kalonga was removed from the case, he was answering charges of theft and money laundering.

According to facts of the case, Kalonga cashed two cheques, one of K36,530,900 and the other of K69,452,568 through Katengeza’s Faith Construction Company.

In February both Kalonga and Katengeza were found with a case to answer.

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