Doctor certify Lutepo ‘not fit’ to stand Malawi cashgate trial

Businessperson and cashgate suspect Osward Lutepo has been certified medically not fit for trial in the various charges related to cashagte,   his lawyer Osward Mtupila, said  Dr Jonathan Ngoma of Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe  has certified him  not fit.

Lutepo: Not fit and well

Lutepo: Not fit and well

According to Mtupila, Ngoma examined Lutepo on Februaty 4 2015 but he is yet to officially issue a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the court as earlier ordered.

“The doctor says the physiological problems are emanating from panic and anxiety disorders. This is affecting how his (Lutepo’s) body functions as such he can not walk,talk and has lost control of bodily functions. The doctor recommended counselling and a psychiatric assessment,”  said Mtupila as quoted by the press.

Lutepo is regarded as chief suspect in cashgate cases  and charged in a K5.7 billion (about $11.4m) theft and money laundering case alongside former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and private-practice lawyer Wapona Kita, which is pending hearing in Lilongwe.

He is also is answering similar charges on an amount totalling K3.1 billion (about $6.2m)in the High Court’s Zomba registry.

Lutepo is facing another charge of conspiracy to commit murder charges alongside Kasambara, Manondo and Dauka Manondo in relation to the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

He was also slapped with another charge of perjury for  admitting that he lied  under oath in court.

His health scare started after his arrest on fresh charges of tax evasion.

Lutepo  had a problem with his nervous system and has a paralysis of his legs. He has been on wheel chair.

He relation Edward Lutepo said the cashgate suspsect is “not fit and indeed not well.”

Lutepo has accepted wrong doing in the plunder of public resources and apologised to the nation through the media, saying his companies were simply used as conduits.

He implicated former president Banda for benefitting part of his stolen money .Banda shot down the claims, saying they are “malicious” and calculated to drag her in the mud of cashgate as part of the political vendetta by the government.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale recently pointed out she will not trade confessors of Cashgate with non-custodial sentences

She said it was a mockery to the suffering Malawians have endured as a consequence of the accused persons’ role to plunder public money if her office was to accept defence proposal to trade confessions with non-custodial sentences.

Kachali said for this reason, there was no legal framework within which any plea bargaining arrangement can be made.

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72 thoughts on “Doctor certify Lutepo ‘not fit’ to stand Malawi cashgate trial”

  1. Wawa says:

    This Guy is not mentally incapacitated. He is only anxious. Anxiety Disorder is not a good reason to EXEMPT a suspect from Trial. Prescription Ativan or Xanax can easily take care of that problem.

  2. Sing'anga wa amai says:

    Ndie mwati Amai anamupepetula? Christmas anadyera kunja, valentine Kunja aaaaa chitani manyazi mai Easter anthu akuoneni. Kodi kalata ya ku tchalitchi munatenga kuti mwasamuka? Joyce dziko waliziwa kkkkkkk umayesa chani mbuzi ikakondwa amalondadi amakhala ali pafupi

  3. Novirhikana Kovahiwa says:

    ?????????

  4. john says:

    In situations like this, you don’t just use one doctor to assess the patient. It has to be a team of at least three doctors. I am smelling a rat here. Moreover, doctor yo akuoneka ngati ndi mbwenumbwenu just like Lutepo!

  5. Onasiwelo says:

    Anayamba kuba ndala mu boma ndi Daniel Phiri late kahuna webster bingu wamthanyula mthalika kodi amenewa ndie aimbidwa liti milandu, dpp inayambisa kuba umboni wambiri wambiri, kugula manyumba pa mtengo wa nkhuku, stealing hard cash from gaffafent account, ndalama zimapezeka ku state house zija, koma a malawi timakonda akuba omwewo ndie lutepo, kasambala, wapona, manondo, mphwiyo, the muthalika brothers, josepy mwanvelani, you name them all ndi akuba amangidwa liti. GOD will punish you all.

  6. Bololo Wachitumbuka says:

    Olo ine ndikafuna kutenga holiday ndimapita kwa doctor kukamuuza kut andilembele chikalata chosonye kudwala sindinga kwanise kugwira ntchito pamtengo wa k2000,nanga kulili Lutepo siwapele mwina ka k100000? Iwe Lutepo olo utafa lero mtembo wako uzaimbidwabe mlandu umenewu, kwamunthu amene amaikila kumbuyo anthu akubawa ndiye kut anadya nawo kapena simumaziwa mmene amasangalira anthu amenewa lero asatimvese chison, kuli amzathu anaba mbuzi worth12000 akudwalira ku ndende komweko, apite nayeso akalowe

  7. BECHI says:

    Salvation and punishments are both heavinly and earthly am sure this is taking of it. Even Lutepo is not fit for our earthly trial before God he is able to answer charges of cashgate. Lutepo get well soon for whoever benefit.

  8. BigMan says:

    Being anxious is normal in his situation! Its not a sickness. Try him, he can wear medical diapers during the trial if he is incontinent.

  9. Madalitso says:

    This Dr is messing up the noble MA, CT or CO & Dr proffesional’s reputation by doing things like a ‘STRIT VENDA’ that even HSAs themselves can not try to prevent/stop the charges agains the obviously well known CASHGATOR that even people from a remote village in Likoma Island and even far ‘KAMBODIA or CHINA’ knows well of in connection to Malawi’s Public Money steeling, not yet includ UK or USA that that thinks the World is their’s.

  10. Kumbuyo Kucheta says:

    “Doctorgate”!

    This is a fake Doctor gate, we have a lot of fake Doctors in our government hospitals.
    May I humbly request Min of Health and the board of Medical Doctors in Malawi to certify if this man is a true Doctor.
    Fokofu!

  11. Mmene nduna za boma la DPP zinkapita kukaona Lutepo atamutengela ku chipatala munkaona ngati anali ma house boy ake?

  12. mfiti weniweni says:

    true #21!! if an armed robber was shot during committing a crime and was paralyzed- would he be fit to stand trial like Lutepo???? it just boggles!!

  13. Hotlady says:

    Kodi Atumbuka Inu Mudakhala Bwanji Kukonda Kukugwiritsani Ntchito Ngati Ma Kondomu?Unayamba Iwe Nyirenda Ku Khothi Pano Ngomayu.You Are So Stupid With Your Goodall Gondwe Whose Dad Was Also A Kapilikoni When We Were Fighting Colonialism.Plz Wake Up, The Lomwes Are Here To Mess Up The Country With Their Coleagues Ayawo As Bakili Did.

  14. Chatty Man says:

    God will always punish the evil wait and see.

  15. RadioMalawi says:

    Those of you who have not seen Dr. Ngoma, please be informed that the Doctor is very dull and you can judge him by just seeing and he is not capable to give objective findings. Every day he spend his time at “Good Fellows Pub”. What do you think a Doctor that stays in live 25 (Kusungwi) can do, He needs money. Please Malawi be serious why not get a real Doctor not this Madey of Doctor to assess Lutepo.

    I work at Kamuzu central hospital and this Doctor comes to work without even taking a shower. He stinks

  16. william says:

    u Dr. Its high tym u tell malawian lies, stop it!!!!

  17. Namwino wa KCN says:

    This doctor is an idiot, can you name an anxiety related illness that cause urine or fecal incontinence? Lutepo is playing a trick that Mwawa, Muluzi, Kasambala, Goodall gondwe all play when the have a case to answer and you stupid enough to swallow this trick hooke line and sinker? What a baffoon! A clinical officer could have done a better job!

  18. Kelvin says:

    Cashgate at its best.

  19. Saza Chaaaaaaaaaaaa . says:

    In the first place zinthuzi xidalakwika kale potibera mavoti moti sizachilendo zikuchitikazi anthuwa ma cases afika mpaka 2019 onse ndo mbava zokhazokha akudziwa kuti ikatha msanga milanduyi ndiye kuti 92 billion iyambaso akadakhala Chakwera zodakatha pompano izi all the way kungade bwanji kudzachabe as my PRESIDENT REV.DR. LAZARUS CHAKWERA once said. Thieves mxieeee.

  20. Zangazanga D. Chinkhwiko says:

    I proclaim death for Jonathan Ng’oma,Lutepo and Oswaldtwistle Mtupila.

  21. Bob says:

    Let ne tell you all your comments are out of stupid minds. Lutepo is ill and cant stand a court a session. Well he admitted that he stole billions from government and hrs went further to say that he was not alone but then he actually revealed some high Level politicians who are also connected to the current regime. Why fotseki you bark? The issue is be cool and you will see the elder of all this. Agalu inu

  22. Patriot says:

    Waona kuti ma CCTV amapangana ndi Nankhumwa aja palibe, so plan B, or is it C? Kaya kikikiki
    Chitsiru cha munthu ichi

  23. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Lutepo started cashgate with Bingu and he knows a lot about 92b Kwacha , this is a DPP cover up. They would rather have this man turned into a cabbage because he knows a lot about the DPP cashgate.

  24. Kaliati wamisala says:

    under these circumstances it open to the court to send Lutepo to Zomba mental hospital for treatment until such a time that he is deemed fit to undergo trial in court.
    Given that option Lutepo will quickly recover and take his chances in court.

  25. FAKE DOCTOR?? says:

    WHICH DOCTOR?THE FAKE ONES AT QUEENS OR WHICH ONE?A GOVERNMENT DOCTOR CHOSEN FROM PROSECUTOR POINT OF VIEW.NOT DOCTOR BY DEFENDANT

  26. KING SOLOMONS PALACE says:

    ECLESIASTICS 5V8:DO NOT BE SURPRISED WHEN THE RICH OPRESS THE POOR .WHAT IS HAPENING IN MALAWI IS THAT THE RICH, WITH THEIR ILLGOTTEN WEALTH R OPRESING THE MASSES.THEY DODGE JUSTICE SYSTEM BECAUSE THEY PROTECT EACH OTHER-WE HAVE BAKILI MULUZI CASE,LATE BINGU DUBIOUS WEALTH-92BILION CASE,NOW LUTEPO,FACT IS LUTEPO HAS BACKING FROM HIGHER AUTHORITIES.THIS IS THE BABYLON SYSTEM AT WORK.BUT WILL THEY ENJOY THE LOOT? BE WARE AND BE AFRAID GOD ALMIGHTY WATCHES AND SEES THE FOLLY OF MEN.REPENT!!

  27. Jandulo says:

    Lutepo’s photo was taken by my uncle yesterday. Look at him. Looking vey health and energetic and healthier than how Mubarak was when he was being carried to the hospital for murder trial. What more with Lutepo. How many suspects are in prisons while they are sick. Do you let them out because they are sick. Lack of justice in the midist of justice, all courts in Malawi, all Judges in Malawi.

  28. masa masina says:

    When he was stealing, he never got sick. Now that he is caught and charged, he gets sick. There is some big fish behind these games. Which politician benefitted from the money Lutepo looted? By feigning sickness, Lutepo will not face justice. Smart thief.

  29. ANALYST says:

    We cant be serious as Malawians! This dude (though he comes from my home in Kasungu, TA Kaluluma) thieved aver K4 billion; and we accept such kind of legal crap and nonsense? Hosni Mubarak was brought to court in Egypt on a wheel-chair – whats this all about Oswald Lutepo? To hell with your stinking legal system and corrupt DPP who have connived with Lutepo just to corner JB! Mxiiii

  30. SAMUZEYA says:

    FIT,SICK,DEAD WHATEVER THE CONDITION MALAWI MUST RECOVER ILL GOTTEN GAINS FROM MEGA THIEVES. PHILLIPINES RECOVERED BILLIONS FROM DEAD MEGA THIEF FERDINAND MARCOS LIKESS NIGERIA RECOVERED BILLION FROM DEAD MEGA THIEF ABACHA SANI. THE DDP CONSPIRING THAT LUTEPO AND BINETH TRUST KIP THE STOLEN BILLIONS FOR EVER. A MALAWI TULO, TULO KWABASI. ATOKULOZANI?

  31. Looterpoo says:

    ALL BIG FISH FEIGN SICKNESS WHEN CORNERED….mwawer, atoo, cheya, rafoo, goodwell all rushed to hospital with bp or otherwise when cornered and squeezed hard! ahahahahahahah

  32. Looterpoo says:

    ..yet the doctor has officially reported! The reporter should verify with the doctor first but this info is visibly missing in this article..

    By the way, in Egypt, an exPresident was in court on a stretcher, so who is Looterpo not to appear?

  33. nankungwi says:

    The man has admitted that he committed yhe crime, that he is sorry that he didi it and that Jiyce Band a was sending him to collect the money. Surely that is very important information for the trial to go on? At least get some of the remaining money from this man back into Malawi so we can save patients!

    He may be ill beu we need our money he commited a siriuos crime which has ckilled a lot of people! Joyce Banda needs to be tried for her part in all this!THESE PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO GET AWAY NO MATTER WHAT! If Joyce Band was not in the wrong he would not go into hiding and saying openly that she is afraid of being arrested!

  34. galu wa galu says:

    No more court hearing the guy admited. Send the sucker to Maula. Doctor ngoma ndi wakwithu. Read between the line.

  35. Original Northener says:

    Heart attack next

  36. KONDWANI NYASULU says:

    mwazionatu mbuzi za ma dokotala ndi ma lawyer a pa malawi. Kudya bloody money ndiye khalidwe lawo. ndichifukwa akamafa amafa ngati ma hule anthu amenewa. Lutepo sali fit chani apa sopano abale athu omwe amafa chifukwa chosowa makhwala aja si anthu? munthu koma iye gau lutepoyi?

  37. mphatso says:

    the doctor who examined must be arrested instead maybe he was given some cashgate money who knows.why don’t you have ten docs to confirm.all in all how many Malawians have been sick or even died as a result of Joice and Lutepos deeds.

  38. Vavlov says:

    Regardless of being sick, he will still appear in court so if he is faking illness, he is wasting time; the jail is waiting for him. What a fool his joy was short-lived. JB wont save him

  39. Sinthani says:

    This is indeed a mockery to Malawians. This guy is buying time with all these excuses. Not a long time ago, there was a similar situation where one was pretending that he had dislocation of discs. He is no longer going outside the country for medical assessments now…. This doctor need to be investigated on corruption……The government need to bring in a independent doctor to examine this guy. Otherwise he was all over just few weeks ago and now he is claiming to be paralyzed. What a joke!

  40. Yankeez says:

    Lutepo will always be seriously sick every time he is surposed to stand trial, Bakili had to use same tricks in Bingu regime, look at him know, he is more than fit that he can even rule MW for another solid 10 years, Lutep is a notorius criminal Crook and all this seek and hide game he is Playing was once Played but now Nkhanga zaona, aJudge tamumangeni ena ndalama adakupatsani plus nyumba awo ali kuMaulawo but what so special with Lutep? Samapita ku Toilet?

  41. Mba says:

    SPOT ON number 21, ukunena zoona ndi angati akuvutika mu ndende zathu and yet amapite ku trial? How special is this lutepo? mxii

  42. Mbudye says:

    Mr. Lutepo akudwaladi. Lamulo limalola kuti odwala asazengedwe mulandu coz sali fit. Timupempherere kuti achire msanga kuti akathe kuyankha miranduyo

  43. He is very stupid. A coward. Committing crime without being ready to face the consequences.

  44. BAKILI MULUZU STYLE ——– HIS WILL BE TRATED THE SAME MULUZU AS BEEN DOING. FOLLOW SUIT.

  45. mtambo says:

    this is a very dangerous precedent although ot was performed immaculately by Muuzi. The donors will not accept this becoz this is the main cashgate culprit. no convictiom no aid. as simple as that. u saw how the response to the floods by foreign govts and agencies was very weak and anemic. no trust in Malawi to handle anything! the end is nigh! the floods were the first sign! pestilence of locusts and frogs will be next!!! run to the hills brethren! THE END HAS COME!

  46. jack Phalombe says:

    shupit

  47. Surveillance says:

    Blantant lie, for those who stay in Kasungu can agree with me that this man was in kasungu town driving to his girlfriends house. And that was the weekend of 31st january. Asanamizire mkuluyu! Anjatiwe basi…

  48. madziakapitasaoleka says:

    Not fit? zayamba liti? ok bwanji osamulanda ndalama zathu chifukwa that also means he is not fit to have too much money and eat well. How many in our deteoriated cells are unfit to stand trial, and why are u keeping them there? How special is this lutepo?

    Winanso ndi uja Kaka, he is a free person and stays in chigumula and yet he killed innocent soul. Malawi… no wonder matsoka sakutichoka.

  49. Kanyimbi says:

    Lutepo is a real thief. I saw his father this afternoon driving a cashgate car. If he was really sick I do not think his father would have been happily driving today. He just want to run away from the jail yet this is where he belongs.

  50. Hebrews says:

    Other thieves are sick at Maula but come the court day they appear before the judges! This is a trick it happened with Yusuf Mwawa and Bakili Muluzi but not now. We have learnt to shoot without missing!

  51. Nyani Galakunzwani says:

    if he can not stand trial then let him sit trial simple

  52. GREEDY LAWYER'S ADVICE says:

    GREEDY LAWYER’S ADVICE-PRETEND UR SIC &MENTALLY UNWELL.TAKE LEAF FROM CHAIR BAKILI

  53. Mercy Gogoda says:

    With modern technology One can not rule out foul play in this matter by the main culprit. She May have used chemical/biological weapons in order to eliminate Lutepo scientifically on the face of the earth by her underground mafia (Bophani, Aironi, Change-Goal, Msonda etc). That was done successfully in the UK when the Russians eliminated a spy they didn’t want. What can stop those connected to stealing of government money not follow the same route? Be careful how this issue is handled, please.

  54. He is not dead. He is feigning illness

  55. MBACHI says:

    Just pass judgement he already accepted. If he is fooling Malawians, I do not see him free outthere. People will get rid of him. It is safer to be at Maula than outhere.

  56. Parallel Market says:

    We don’t want to hear this nonsense. Get a doctor from outside Malawi to assess Lutepo’s medical condition. Stakes are high in his case. Malawi shall never be fooled again after what Bakili Muluzi did.

    Many have been tried and judged in absentia. Why is Lutepo being treated specially? Is he superhuman? He already confessed and appologised to the nation for his involvement in cashgate. What more evidence do our courts need? Malawians expect our courts to sentence Mr. Lutepo.

    Stop wasting our time with your fake Lutepo sickness.

  57. Izi nde nde zopusa sono. Munthu wondwala anapita bwanji pa radio kumakachita comfess anthunu simuganiza

  58. Malawi says:

    Case opened and to be closed. If chief suspect is not fit therefore basi Mulandu uthele pompo no evidence. Lutepo the actor. Give him a few yrs and he will be back in business.. Madzi akataika saoleka. This money will never be rcovered so there is no point dwelling on this case, wasting more tax payers money. Lets justmove on and start rebuilding Malawi.

  59. Kes munthali says:

    Based on this the Doctor has not declared him unfit, but has recommended that he undergoes a psychological assessment. Inshort physically he is okay, if they are any issues they are in his head (psychological ). This issue was brought out last time in court and the judge refused to hear this none sense and ordered an independent evaluation, let’s wait for that evaluation especially from a mental health specialist, infact fly one in from South Africa. In Britain recently they was a man who for 4 years was pretending to be in a coma to avoid trial, I would not be surprised that this are the tricks Lupeto is up to.

  60. Maltrida Katopola Jnr says:

    Zaku uku zayambika

  61. musisipala says:

    Lutepo is playing hide and seek until the issue is melt. Let the court judge him in absentia based on the evidence he axiomatically gave.

  62. Achimidzimidzi says:

    That’s sad. Get well soon!!
    It also happened with Mr. Mwawa and Bakili Muluzi but they are all fine now.

    1. Malawi says:

      Did u see Muluzi @ Madam Tembos funeral akuuka nkhata. Kuwelama ndithu. Nsanaunachila

  63. Mbonga Matoga says:

    Please do not waste Malawians precious time any more, Lutepo already accepted that he was involved in cashgate activities therefore what Malawians want is their money back.

    Send him to Zomba mental hospital or wherever you want but what tax payers want is their money back as soon as possible, we can not wait for his sanity to come back, it might take 10 years before he is sane again.

    He knew exactly what to expect if caught when he was stealing all those millions of taxpayers money so he should not waste our time now.

    And by the way, the govt should tread very carefully with this Lutepo case, otherwise Malawians will get tied and take the law into their own hands. Last time is was Bakili Muluzi dodging the law by using his mysterious back pains to the point that his case is now almost forgotten, so no more of this shit.

  64. The Patriot says:

    If he cannot stand trial then send him to mental hospital for life! This fraudster, gangster, terrorist should not be allowed to escape the full arm of the Law!

  65. 5Moba says:

    STUPIT!!!!!

    Very stupid Doctor indeed. That money you have pocketed to release a fake docket is blood money and will ricochet on you . Fool!

  66. Ndani says:

    Galu ameneyu asatitayitse nthawi.

  67. Zachamba zoyembekezeka! Only fools didn’t expect this, when i say fools, i mean dunderheads…

  68. PEPA LUTEPO AMBUYE AKUMASULE UCHIRE UYANKHE BWINO MILANDU. USADANDAULE OLAKWA NDI AMAYI AMAKUTUMA AJA. UWAITANITSE AKUTHANDIZE.
    MAFUNO ABWINO BAMBO

  69. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

    As per Law, LUTEPO you will walk free as you will be acquitted in all charges BUT on other hand you will be send to state hospital for INDEFINITE till you will be ok to stand for trial, becareful with your move as i may see you are not smart at all.

  70. KASAMBALA says:

    SO ANY DEATH THREATS FROM THAT? RIP IN ADVANCE./MAY YOU BE HEALED AND LOT @MAULA.

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