Dorothy Shonga ‘Cash Madam’ Faces Life Imprisonment, Charged With Money Laundering And Fraud

July 29, 2020

Malawi-based Ugandan socialite and “self-made” multi-millionaire Dorothy Shonga is facing a potential life sentence if found guilty having been charged with money laundering and fraud this morning over the MERAgate scandal together with her partner, Collins Magalasi.

The two are answering the charges together with Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) spokesperson Patrick Maulidi.

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MERA chief executive officer Magalasi and spokesperson Maulidi were arrested on Monday while Shonga was arrested on Tuesday.

Dorothy Shonga covering her head with jacket hood after arrest

The three appeared in court this morning where they were charged with fraud, money laundering and entering into procurement with an employee.

Section 42 of the country’s Financial Crimes Act passed in 2017 sets life imprisonment for a person who commits money laundering.

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Shonga is Magalasi’s business partner and together they reportedly own DC Brand Cloud.

The state accuses Magalasi, Maulidi and Shonga of forcing the MERA Internal Procurement and Disposal Committee to award a contract worth K107 million to Vink Enterprise which is owned by Shonga. The crime was committed in August 2019.

Shonga describes herself as a self-made millionaire saying she made her riches while working on the campaign of Zambia’s President, Edgar Lungu.

Herbert and Dorothy Shonga at their wedding

In February, Dorothy divorced the father of her three kids, Herbert Habib Shonga ending uncertainty in their 15-year old marriage.

Dorothy accused Herbert of infidelity disclosing that for 15 years she saw him sleeping with maids and thought he would change but in vain.

We are not sure if Herbert will fly to Malawi to pick the kids since his new lover, Sasha Brighton is expecting to give birth soon.