DPP rejects instructing Lutepo to make cashgate confessions

The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rejected claims by Peoples Party (PP) that  chief Cashgate suspect Oswald Lutepo is acting on instructions from President Peter Mutharika after a meeting to drag former president Joyce Banda into the plunder of the public purse.

Kasaila: Lutepo is only casting the net to the big fish

Kasaila: Lutepo is only casting the net to the big fish

Speaking in an interview on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Sunday, PP publicity Secretary Ken Msonda accused DPP of using Lutepo to implicate Banda.

Responding to the allegations DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila said: “There has been no time that the President has met Lutepo at Sanjika. The President has been very busy doing penitent business of national importance.

“What Lutepo is saying is not new, because all along Malawians have been well aware of that there is a big fish which has been behind cash gate,” said Kasaila.

In an earlier interview with Nyasa Times, Kasaila said DPP fills vindicated that what the party has been saying was true that Cashgate was a brainchild of Peoples Party (PP).

In an interview on Saturday, Kasaila said “There is nothing new in what Lutepo is saying, we have always waited for this, and we are sure more revelations are coming.”

“We have always been waiting for a big fish so surely Malawi is about to see the big fish which has been swimming in much deeper waters,” said Kasaila.

Kasaila commended Lutepo for coming up clear on what happened to loot government coffers.

The businessperson who was arrested in November 2013 is accused of stealing K2.6 billion of public money stemming from payment he allegedly received, despite his company International Procurement Services not providing any service to government.

He told Zodiak radio last week that he donated some of his money to former president Joyce Banda for political campaign of the PP.

The PP and Banda have dismissed Lutepo’s claims, saying he is “buying freedom” and seeking a plea bargain for accepting the wrong doing and then turning the cashgate case into “political witch-hunt” in the interest of DPP.

He also offered an apology to President Peter Mutharika, saying he will face problems to run government affairs because he looted public money with others.

Lutepo, who is currently on bail, also faces an attempt to murder charge in the shooting of former budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo.

He also has another perjury charge after admitting lying in court under oath.

Lutepo has vowed to give details on the whole truth of the Capital Hill looting saga saying as much as he is guilty, he won’t go down alone.

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52 thoughts on “DPP rejects instructing Lutepo to make cashgate confessions”

  1. Kangaroo-Court says:

    Malawians wake up!this is time to see what will come next,we know some of you who are against the confession of Lutepo mumadya nawo amai anuwo,mwina abale anu adya nawo kochuluka moti atuluka poyeranso posachedwapa.Koma chomwe mungadziwe nchakuti ndalama sizingatuluke mu account ya boma Presidernt osadziwa,osavomelerza,osasainira kuti zitero.

    Ndalama zambiri chonchi kungotuluka boma osadziwa?president osadziwa?ndiye nkumalankhula ngati mwana wamng’ono kuti wakuba akakugaila ndalama zakuba sikuti waba nawo!koma a malawi tawamvenitu atsogoleri anu mumawachemelerawa,eti osadziwa malamulo a dziko lanu iyayi?koma JB ndi akuno ku Malawi kapena ndi wa kunja?sangamanene mopusa chonch.Thanks Mr Lutepo for giving us this info.

  2. Mau Apaseli says:

    Peter Mathanyula Gaylord Mutharika…is only good for screwing fellow men!

  3. Nabitiya says:

    kodi a Kasaila maso kufiilaku bwanji?

  4. Gada says:

    Mr. Kalaira for your information it is not a crime to accept donations from any one in this country. I would suggest you desist from making statements that DPP has been vindicated and that your party was never involved in swindling of state funds. Not so fast sir. There is the MK 92 Billion issue which is under investigations. There is the housing issue in Lilongwe which again took place under DPP watch so please do not be so eager to dismiss any connection to DPP. in fact the looting of the most of our tax money as done by DPP and it was during Bingu and APM’s watch.

  5. Observer says:

    Lutepo has confessed that he store the cash gate money and that he may cause failure of running the government, why is he not re-arrested and even charged with treason, what more evidence does the Government need? Don’t hoodwink us and think we are so daft and can’t reason!

  6. Fulu says:

    Ok, so let me get this straight. APM, while on his way from USA where he uselessly blew up our money, referred to the “big fish” to be caught soon. He meant JB?
    So, all along, is it safe to conclude, that he has been working to achieve that?
    Let me quote Kasaila. “APM is busy doing pertinent business of national importance.”REALLY? I mean all i hear is strikes everywhere, food prices rocketing while him and his other half are busy milking NAC for purposes that are definately not of petinent national importance, but his ethinic group’s importance.
    Lastly, did you really think people were expecting DPP gurus to admit that they are behind the “big fish bla bla bla” saga? I mean, i think that was a rhetorical truth/ question rather than anything else, dont you think? In other words, you have petinent issues of national importance, why worry about this crazed Lutepo guy, unless.,,,,,,,

  7. Onasiwelo says:

    There is nothing new here, much as JB might be involved or not, the issue is that the former dpp government also stole money why are they not named in these reports, JB learn how to steal from dpp, lutepo also started stealing when big kahuma was in power why is he not named? And some stupid people are busy clapping hands that stupid thief lutepo has said this or that, what? When did Lutepo start and company started stealing from account number one 2005, who was in power by then? Why some names like mwanamvekha, mulli, and the like not named in this report? Do we have scared cows. If this syndicate was to be judged by GOD himself how many of you in dpp would have come clean, if you are indeed people of good will say the truth and resign now or GOD will punish you four times. Stupid people.

  8. Dausi says:

    kodi mmangoti cashgate, mawa mukadzuka nkhani cashgate tidya cashgate ife amalawi? this is old story to al malawians please fight for beneficiary of malawians. you will never find solutions on this stupid isue.

  9. Plebian says:

    Some Malawians that support DPP have empty heads. Lutepo’s confessions are making cashgate cases a mockery to the judiciary. What we should know is he must prove with written documents that JB indeed stole &or received cashgated money not mere donations from him. Peter has NACGATE, is he not a Thief? Bingu stole 62 billion, was he a saint? Muluzi stole 1.7 billion, is he a Boko Haram?

  10. ajawa.com says:

    non negotiable anybody involves must be in custody by now

  11. Chinasolo says:

    Credibility to this issue will only be manifested if a bold government will not shield any person regardless of political affiliation and status in the society. I believe this will even encourage development partners to resume the much needed support to our budget.

  12. Abit says:

    Malawians are not stupid sooner or later the truth will come out. Why all that Air time for Lutepo. You people whatever you are doing there is God out there. We know your strategy trying to divert attention from real issues. Muli mavuto mdziko muno. There is always la 40. Its just a matter of time the God we serve is a living God.

  13. buleya e says:

    we are waiting one of the big fish, when will be?

  14. Thomas says:

    Msati punse nazo zimenezi tatopa sopano

  15. Plebian says:

    Mr Lutepo says indeed stole our money to public thus murder case. Some people died & are dying because of him. If JB was involved arrest her. But if you use Lutepo as witness you will lose since he gave the party & not JB. Malawians must know that JZU & Kamuzu won murder cases becoz they were not literally involved in killing but sent hordes. Can Lutepo prove beyond reasonable doubt that JB was involved? A Pitala ndinu a lawyer mukuziwa izi. If you are not careful JB will be paid large sums later. That my free simple layman advice. But don’t forget umo ndimene onse ma president akumwera amachitira monga NACGATE YATSOPANO

  16. NKHANI NGATI IZI SIZITHA AYI: PANO TIKUNENA IZI, PALINSO ZINA ZA MA FERTLIZER COUPONS STORIES MANGOCH/MONKEY-BAY MKULU WINA WA AGRICULTURE OCHOKERA MU BOMA LA MANGOCHI AKUCHITA CHINYENGO POGAWA MA COUPONS, POPEREKA KWA ANTHU OMWE SANALEMBESE, KUMASIYA KUPASA OMWE ANALEMBESA, NDIPO AKUYENDA YEKHA OPANDA DONGOTSOLO. IZI ZITACHITIKA CHOCHI MUMADELA AMUMBALI MWA NYANJA KU MONKEY-BAY ANAMUTHAMANGISA MUKULUYO AMENE AMACHOKERA KU MANGOCHI BOMA.CHONDE A MALAWI TIYENI TISAMALE TIZAMANGIDWA NAZO NGATI AZATHU A CASHGATE. TAKE CARE.

  17. ujeni says:

    Of course you can’t accept how foolish would that be, the question is why is Lutepo not in custoady after the confession

  18. Apa Pali Mavuto [APM] says:

    What stood out for me in the interview were two things. The extra-ordinary length Lutepo went to to state that similar things did not happen under the DPP; and lamenting that the current president is facing strikes and other problems due to JB’s cashgate.

    The second point is mind boggling when you consider that the total stolen under cashgate is about MWK20bn, however in the five and half months that DPP has been in power MRA and other govt agencies have collected over MWK200bn – ten times more than the amount of cashgate. [MWK200bn is arrived at by taking into account the average of MWK30bn collected by MRA per month with an additional estimated MWK10bn collected each month through other agencies – this is a conservative estimate].

    These two points are the same ones that the DPP keep saying over and over again. Whoever is responsible for strategy in DPP is being myopic – you cannot blame DPP incompetence on cashgate beyond a certain point. By all means deal with cashgate impartially, but to imagine that it is a panacea for DPP problems is a grave mistake…

    1. peter says:

      Koma ndiye Apadi Pali Mavuto (APM)!

  19. m'bantu says:

    lutepo is a big fool. he pleaded not guilty in court, now he says he is guilty koma amakagawira amayi. akalowe msanga kundende ameneyu.

  20. Patriot says:

    DPP NOW SIPHONING NAC (beautify Mw, Mulakho, Nib)
    Nation will expose more DPP cashgate I believe.
    Keep the good job Nation Newspaper.

  21. mona says:

    kodi a dpp mwasanduka otsutsa

  22. mona says:

    Another big fish is peter munthalika himself

  23. Manuel says:

    PP must sometimes accept responsibility for their problems. We can’t always blame others for our own self-created problems.

  24. Mrs Titakate says:

    Paul JC Mwafulirwa # 3 you must be a stranger in this case. Do you know that even Baker-Tilly report excluded the 92 billion kwacha. Infact 92 billion was cooked by this long awaited big fish being mentioned by the wounded elephant Lutepo. Do you that this big fish was very flexible with account # 1 by saying ” Yino ndi nthawi yoti azimayi titakate’, and she was even saying that if some body steal a fat chicken and he gives you half of it, it mean you have just enjoyed the chicken and you are not a thief yourself. Then why do you waste your time with fake 92 billion. Mama JB was an expert in organizinng parallel structures and she set up 92 billion parallel structure deliberately. SHE WILL FACE JUSTICE. She is the same person who is wanted to be the witness of Ralph Kasambala. Remember the same big fish refused Lutepo to extract call logs from air tell and TNM.Whats that. GET IT THAT THE ‘ TO BE REVEALED BIG FISH IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CASHGATE SCANDAL. SHE WAS VERY WEAK IN CONTROLLING GOVERNMENT CASH. HER WEAKNESS MADE OTHER PEOPLE TO LOOT CASH CHILDSHLY.
    SO WATCH OUT. MORE DRAMA WILL BE OUT OF AIR SHORTLY.

    1. Patriot says:

      Breaking News:
      NAC is the new DPP cashgate.
      Beautify Mw ABAMO
      Mulakho ABAMO
      NIB chabaunsa koma anatsala pang’ono KUBAMO.

      Amene ukusapotawo ndi MBAVANSO

  25. osuma says:

    zomwe takhala tikudikira Mr Lutepo ndipo mudzachedwa kuulula! pachilungamo sichipheka ai, more revelations is coming.

  26. ndangodutsa chisale says:

    Malawi has three arms of government; the legislature, the executive and the judiciary. Neither the DPP nor Zodiak Radio belong to the Judiciary. This is trial by the media. But no matter what the truth shall stand the test of time. Kadauluka kadzatera. All political parties from 1994 onwards have milked Malawi due to corruption. We await with abated breath the conclusions of Muluzi’s case, Bingu’s and JB eras corruption cases.

  27. LUTEPO ASK SAM MPASO OF NTCHEU HE WILL ADVISE YOU BETTER, YOU WILL NOT BE FREED, YOU WILL END UP IN JAIL BY THE SAME DPP GOVT, PLEASE CHECK YOUR WORDS ALWAYS, TO-DAY YOU SAY THIS TO-MORROW CHANGE, WHAT IS THAT LUTEPO.

  28. Jelbin mk says:

    I am dissatisfied with Lutepo’s credibility and I don’t think his claims can be used in a court of law and secure a conviction on anyone 1: Because he went to reveal such a sensitive matter to the media,which is not in compliance with the criminal proceedings rules and regulations. 2: The statement made by DPP as quoted by the above article is a clear sign that there is political interference by the ruling party because as a ruling party of whom control all government affairs it is inappropriate for them to say that they were expecting what Luptepo had said ,to expect means to have a fore knowledge of any situation and if I were the attorney of the implicated I would ask Mr kasaila to be a witness against my client because his statement shows that he knows more about the accused role in the matter and I would use the recording to back my request to the court. 3 Lutepo has a case pending in court of perjury where he admitted that he lied under an oath which makes him the most unreliable witness on earth,so for the DPP to use him in implicating anyone is an empty attempt which will yield nothing but acquittal of the implicated.

    1. Gongoni says:

      MUKUNAMA INU A Jelbin mk, HOW DO YOU THINK LUTEPO GOT FAT CHEQUES FROM THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT WITHOUT SUPPLYING ANYTHING? WITHOUT INVOICING THEM? Can you, yourself just go to any Department and get money for doing nothing? We are talking of billions here! Fortsek man! In any department the monies are allocated to specific projects/services to be carried out that year, and the budget has to be passed by Parliament. There are procurement boards in these ministries and the head of that Department has to be there! Now in this case, at Office of the President, who authorised these unbudgeted payments? Who was the head of this Department? At Cabinet level, all ministers report to the President all their undertakings/projects/ and big issues like paying suppliers billions can not be missed. Your mama thought Mphwiyo would be shot dead and everything would die a natural death but GOD saved him for a purpose! Towona mmene zithere!

  29. EDSON JOWELO says:

    koma ziliko ppppppppppp yanyamuka tiyko lutepo usayipe wekha nawonso awoneke poyera o=koma kuneneko

  30. Oswald Lutepo was driven to Blantyre to meet Professor Peter Mutharika at sanjika Palace on Tuesday night. The President had earlier thrown a huge party for journalists and media managers in the Banquet Hall of Sanjika Palace before he met one Oswald Lutepo in the lounge. The President’s
    team comprised Kasaila, Ben Phiri, Chaponda, Nankhumwa, Mukhito and other two unidentified individuals. Lutepo was accompanied by an
    identified Asian and two other unidentified Malawians. The two Malawians spoke fluent English. According to a PMF guard at the main Sanjika Palace entrance, the trio (Lutepo & friends) arrived at the palace around 10:30 pm and were whisked the lounge where Peter and his team met them an hour
    later. According to the PMF guard, the two teams had discussions for well over four hours and the Lutepo team left Sanjika around 3 am the
    following morning. One of the two friends was driving a 4 X 4 Toyota TX with red registration numbers, implying it was a rented vehicle.

  31. MMALAWI says:

    lutepo plz ndapota nawe komwe uliko kundende mkowawa lingalira mmene amalawi tunzunzira ngakhaleso abale ako.iwe ulula wat u knw and aliyense okhudzidwa.gwengwe akumanga lodge kumalimba kusalima ndalama adazitenga kti ?amtonga mallan muwatchule alutepo musabise ,usakazuzike wekha mkulima asakuopsyeze.

  32. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Who should we believe between Audtitors and Lutepo?

  33. getrude says:

    WHILST THE CASE IS ONGOING,PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT WE HAVE OVER 50 YEARS AND MORE AHEAD OF US,SO WE SHOULD ALWAYS MOVE FORWARD NOT BACKWARD.

  34. golden eye says:

    Truth pains…but its true…who is a child to have not known the looting …Hw can a mere person donate 22 party vehicles…. Ba gonanibe tulo..the truth is there but the doubting Thomases still think politics…ndimene azitibela ndalama …kusachangamuka..ikanakhala milandu imaweruzidwa through speculation the Amayi anakakhala pa Chiongolero.

    It is clear that suppliers were used like tissue. Wake Up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Blessings Botomani says:

    Lutepo awulule basi zomwe akudziwa zacashgate.Palibe nkhani zandale apa koma chilungamo chidziwike.

  36. Mwene says:

    DPP don’t Hoodwink Malawians the genesis of Cashgate was writing of a letter to Reserve Bank and Commercial banks to honor all government Cheques without Questions!!!! Out of this arrangement late Bingu stole MK62 Billion with the same Lutepo. After his sudden death Lutepo switched to PP, unfortunately JB agenda was different from Bingu this is how Cashgate got Exposed!!!!!

  37. Wakukaya. says:

    Lutepo ndi wamisala lero anena izi mawa izi.Wagwanayo ukafera ku ndende .What about K92BILLION? nenaso naga si uliso momo.

  38. staziodziwah says:

    chilungamo chioneke pa khani ya cashgate

  39. loveness says:

    DPP will have to answer once the forensic audit for 92billion is out unless you fiddle with it and naturally you will also what to hide all the names, as the whole DPP government is involved and have really enjoyed during bingu’s time.

  40. Aceton says:

    “Big fish”bombe?cashgate,yadziwika 2013 September,pochita launch audit bwanji siinalunjike straight ku 2005?anali m’boma nthawi imeneyo(2013)siinu a PP kodi?zinatani kuti ingoyambira pafupi motere?Ngati kuchenjera lero mwazipusitsa nokha.Ithe kaye yaonekayi kenako tikaone inayo.Pempho bola Lutepo asaone naye za Mphwiyo kuti umboni usowe ai.

  41. Chazama says:

    Kuba musiye nonse, a diphiphi ndi phiphi, munya mukapanda kusiya.

  42. Two Tees says:

    Go,go go lutepo what about kachali is evolve for that?.

    1. ndangodutsa chisale says:

      Bola nukanangolemba chichewa ndithu. Nanga ndi Chani ichi???

  43. Malawi dzuka , Usamadane ndi chilungamo, kodi wakuba akavomeleza ndiye kuti basi Boma lamugula ? Ngati susintha uzakhala wosauka mpaka Yesu kubwela

  44. Paul J.C.Mwafulirwa. says:

    Malawians have a reason to be deeply worried at the moment. Life for ordinary citizens is truelly becoming unbearable. Instead of getting quick solutions that would remove obstackles standing in the way of aid resumption, the current government is trying to remove a log in other people’s eyes by getting entangled in a blame game. It is rather becoming worrysome that the government doesnot mention of the Mk92 billion in its dealings of cashgate ( corruption and fraud) or the need to seek the genesis of it by digging backwords up to 2005. Why shift people’s attention to what a suspect has said over a radio interview ? Let relevant bodies handle suspects other than dramatising issues which are in court. There cannot be light at the end of the tannel if people talk more of cashgate than how the country can be developed as is the case at the moment.

    1. Joyce Chanthunya says:

      Kodi nanunso munaba nawo eti? Muphiphirisiranji iz zaonekazi?

  45. abinte says:

    if he thinks that we will hav mercy on him for reveling the names then he is lying coz he will too hav to face justice.we r tired of hearing de very same name every day as he is our king.why puttin them on bail? afere konko agalu amenewa

  46. Chapola waku Thyolo says:

    Go deeper Lutepo,,,We need Chambo fish not Bonyas…..Tikuvutika ife chifukwa cha inu….

  47. point of order. says:

    We need to treat both sides equal (lutepo & pp reactions) later dig out for evidence & prove who is saying the truth

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