Former principal secretary for Tourism, Thereza Namathanga Senzani, who was the first Cashgate convict, yesterday walked out to her freedom after serving half of her three year jail term.
The 50-year old Senzani has also become the first Cashgate convict to be released from jail in the ongoing investigations and prosecutions of suspects who include government officials and businesspersons in the plunder of K24 billion from the public purse in what is known as Cashgate.
Malawi Prison Services Spokesperson, Smart Maliro, confirmed to The Daily Times that Senzani was released yesterday morning around 10 o’clock.
“Prison Act allows for remission and, therefore, the sentence has been reduced to two years,” Maliro said.
“A convicted prisoner under sentence of imprisonment for a period of more than one month, other than prisoner sentenced to imprisonment for life, may earn by satisfactory industry and good conduct remission of one-third of his sentence,” reads the Act in part.
Sources at Maula Prison said Senzani was whisked away in a speeding vehicle at the time of her release to avoid the prying eyes of journalists who had camped outside the prison gate to take pictures of her and perhaps grab an interview.
Senzani surrendered to the court her area 47 mansion title number Bwaila 42/5/258 in exchange to offset the money she stole.
Meanwhile, government has disclosed that it has only managed to recover K470 million out of the K24 billion stolen from the public purse.
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