Everything We Know About Karim Limumba

The Malawian fugitive was the fourth person in the horrific crash

By  | Nov 12, 2020, 10:39 AM  | Limumba Karim  | Top of The

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A deceased man, whom was wanted by the Malawi government for one of the biggest fraud cases in the history of the country since 2013 died on Sunday. The perpetrator perished tragically in a motor vehicle accident along with 3 others.

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Gemini Major, the famous rapper and producer based in South Africa, also shared his grief for losing his friend, Limumba Karim in the car accident that claimed the lives of 3 celebrities in Zimbabwe.

Karim was a fugitive from justice, wanted in connection with the country’s biggest corruption scandal, according to NyasaTimes. Limumba escaped justice from Malawi and was based in South Africa as he was answering a case together with former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo over-involvement in the cash-gate scandal, the biggest corruption scandal in Malawi’s history that took place in 2013.

Businessman Limumba had faced money laundering charges related to the scandal involving US$2.6 million before he escaped justice and was reportedly based in South Africa. 

His bail was revoked in January 2017 and an arrest warrant issued after he failed to attend court.

“I would like to discharge myself from this case as counsel for seventh accused person Mr Limumba Karim,” his lawyer Wapona Kita told the Lilongwe High Court at the time as he renounced agency.

“I can’t get got of him. I don’t know where he is, he is out of reach and since there is no word from him I can’t continue standing here representing him without communication when I don’t know his whereabouts,”

Malawi government was demanding Karim’s extradition from South Africa.

Limumba was facing charges alongside Mphwiyo and others, including civil servants such as former Accountant General David Kandoje, Auzius Kazombo Mwale, Clemence Mmadzi, and Roosevelt Ndovi. The list of suspects also includes contractors.

Others are George Banda, Michael Mphatso, Samuel Mzanda who are facing charges of fraud, negligence by public office, money laundering, theft by a public servant, theft by servant, and conspiracy to defraud government funds amounting to K2 446 817 450.49.

Also charged is an expert in information technology (IT) Steve Likhunya Phiri. Others are Stafford Mpoola, Andrew Patrick Chilalika, Fatch Chungano, Cecilia Mervis Ng’ambi, Gerald Magaleta Phiri, and Ndaona Satema.

One of the suspects Maxwell Namata died. More than 70 people have since been arrested over the scandal former President Joyce Banda, who was in office at the time of the heist, also issued with a warrant of arrest in 2017, a development she dismissed as a witch hunt.

The accident occurred along Harare’s Legacy Way (formerly Borrowdale Road) as the four returned from a birthday party for one Mitchelle ‘Moana’ Umali who was also in the vehicle and died on the spot. The other two victims have been identified as Limumba Karim of Malawi and one Elisha from Mozambican, both said to be friends of Ginimbi, the flamboyant Zimbabwean multi-millionaire.
Limumba Karim is reportedly survived by three children, one in South Africa, a newly born in Mozambique and one in Malawi. 

His remains are expected to be repatriated to Malawi for burial.

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