Court denies Socialite Dorothy Shonga bail over money laundering accusations

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By BigEyeUg Team News reaching our desk indicates that Ugandan socialite Dorothy Shonga is on verge of facing a potential life sentence after court in Malawi denied her bail. The self-proclaimed ‘Cash Madam’ was charged with money laundering and fraud over the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) gate scandal together with her colleague, at the same time lover Collins Magalasi. According to a Malawi publication ‘Malawi 24’, the two made their first appearance in court last week together with MERA spokesperson, Patrick Maulidi. Dorothy Shonga In court, the three were answering to charges of with fraud, money laundering and entering into procurement with an employee. Section 42 of the country’s Financial Crimes Act passed in 2017 sets a maximum of life imprisonment for a person who commits money laundering. Section 331A (1) of the Penal Code as amended in 2011 before the 2017 Financial Crimes Act was passed states that “any person who engages in money laundering shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable to a fine of K2,000,000 and imprisonment for ten years”. Chief Resident Magistrate Violet Chipao promised to deliver her final verdict on the case on Friday July, 31. During the recalled court session,...

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