JB gave me cash to give JZU, Lutepo testifies:  ‘Bophani forced me to implicate Kasambara

Cashgate prisoner Oswald Lutepo has testified in the trial of attempted murder case of former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, saying former deputy Inspector General of Malawi Police, Nelson Bophani forced him to implicate former Minister of Justice Ralph Kasambala in the attempted murder.

Lutepo: I was told to implicate Kasambara

Lutepo: I was told to implicate Kasambara

Kasambala, businessman Pika Manondo and Macdonald Kumwembe are answering attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murders on Mphwiyo.

Lutepo told the court presided by Justice Michael Mtambo that Manondo was closer to Kasambara than Mphwiyo and that “he (Manondo) would die for him (Kasambara).”

The cashgate prisoner  was brought to testify as a witness of truth .

He said he was lured into implicating Kasambara to be sacrificial lamb in the shooting of Mphwiyo and the cashgate scandal.

“I was told by ex Police IG Bophani to implicate Kasambara to protect Mphwiyo (in cashgate),” Lutepo , who is serving an 11 year sentence after he was convicted of conspiracy to defraud the government and money laundering K4.2 billion ($5.9 million) in 2013, told the court.

Mphwiyo’s shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’.

In the shooting trial witnesses have revealed information relating to cashgate, Malawi’s worst financial scandal in its 50 years as an independent country.

An economist who was working in the ministry of finance, treasury department and economic affairs division between the period of April and September 2013, Daniel Jenya told the court that Mphwiyo was not a whistle blower as touted by former president.

Jenya claimed credit of a cashgate whistle-blower having noted the over expenditures from the month of July to August 2013 while working at Macroeconomic Policy Unit where he was responsible for among other things, compilation, analysis fiscal tables.

In his testimony, Lutepo  told the court that he was given cash by former president Joyce  Banda to support former leader of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) John Tembo’s campaign at 2013 party convention.

“I was briefed to organize funds to help one of the candidates of the MCP convention. It was money that came from PP but I don’t remember how much. Since I didn’t know most politicians, I was told that Manondo, following his stay at Parliament could assist. I gave him the money so he could organize,” Lutepo said when questioned by accused Kumwembe.

“I was told to give money to Manondo because he knew MCP and suppliers of party materials like t-shirts,” Lutepo testified.

Lutepo  said he did not follow it up the outcome of the convention as Tembo was barred by  MCP Constitution   from contesting for the presidency.

“I had other things to do,” he said.

According to Lutepo, the cash Banda gave her to be channeled to MCP amounted to over  K10 million ($13 831.26) in tranches.

“What I figured later was that his [Tembo] success meant her [Banda] having a weaker opponent in the elections. I don’t remember how much money [in total] I gave to Manondo for the operation but the last time I gave him a K5 million ($6 916) cheque before the convention,” Lutepo said.

He also told the court that he phoned Banda on September 14, 2013 informing her that Mphwiyo was shot but survived the attempted murder.

Mphwiyo is linked as key player in the looting Mafioso and is also charged on cashgate cases.

Forensic auditors from British audit firm, Baker Tilly, established that under the administration of Joyce Banda, about K24 billion was looted at Capital Hill between April and September 2013 through inflated invoices and payments for goods and services not provided to government.

In 2015, a financial analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) also established that about K577 billion in public funds could not be reconciliated between 2009 and December 2014 owing to abuse of the central payment system, Integrated Financial Management Information System .

Western donor nations and agencies, which provide 40% of Malawi’s budget, froze vital aid in reaction to the scandal.

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51 thoughts on “JB gave me cash to give JZU, Lutepo testifies:  ‘Bophani forced me to implicate Kasambara”

  1. Ricky says:

    Lutepo Mulungu Akudlitse Ndithu. Ralph! God Z Still In Control, X IG! If Youdont Confence Your Wrongdoing God Of The Universe Will Award You Acordingly.

  2. Mapwevupwevu says:

    I don’t know why the court is wasting its time trying to find out ‘who’ killed Mphwiyo!

    Joyce Banda said while conducting a public rally in Lunzu which was broadcast on public radio that she knew who shot Mphwiyo and why. Just bring her to reveal instead of wasting our money on this fiasco!

  3. Malawi Wabwino says:

    Joyce should come and clear her name. 90% chances she got involved in this looting. Nchikana safuna kubwera.

  4. mzuzu lilongwe says:


  5. Violet Zulu says:

    huh only God is to judge, cause no one can believe if Lutepo is right or no…

  6. Ridles pelesoni says:

    I don’t expect Lutepo’s testimony will stand in any court of law. Why is he bringing this up now and not earlier?

    Worse, he is already a convict who before admitting guilt gave alot of inconsistent versions of his side of story.

  7. Sapitwa says:

    Hearsay if there is no evidence to prove this. What if Bophani refutes these allegations, what proof would Lutepo produce?

  8. Optic Computer says:

    Many witness claiming Bophani and JB had a hand in implicating Kasambala. I saw this coming after the police claimed the gun that shot Kasambala was his body guard’s, yet his bodyguard refused to betray him after days of torture. And in Malawi we don’t have forensics to determine bullets that were shot from a specific gun. Tizionera limodzi.

  9. Wachiyawo says:

    Koma this is too much for Malawians still using our money for this case. Yes democracy is expensive. Of it was during one party era nkhaniyi bwenzi itatha. Malawi is too poor to contonue spending money on useless case. This money will never be recovered. Just buy maize instead of spending the money on this issue.

  10. B MASAUTSO says:

    Gawo loyamba la mlandu ndikufuna kupeza yemwe anamuwombera Paul Mphwiyo. Akaziwikano kenako mkuyamba kumupanikiza kuti anene amapangilanji zimenezo.

    Apa mpamene pazakhale gule weniweni tsopano. Anthuni tiyeni tizimvetsa nkhani zakukhoti.

    Ichi mciyambi cabe. Nkhaniyi ikukhunza anthu ambiri ena aiwo womwe apulumuke apa iwakhunzanso cifukwa anthuwa anapangana kuti kapange.

  11. Grundig says:

    God is still on the throne and We are still praying for our beloved Ralph! Tichalipu, tiona vosi! #Godwinsalways#

  12. andrew nyambo says:

    I try to follow the case with keen interest Judge Mtambo advised that all testimony should be on who shot Mphwiyo on that fateful 13 September and why?..All the 3 accused had a case to answer as per the judge…..On what the Judge advised what is coming out from several witnesses the 2 nd accused Pika Manodo knows what happened as he is a good friend of Ralph Kasambala and would die to protect Ralph Kasambala which Lutepo said in court today and it is the same Pika who went with Paul Mphwiyo to South Africa on arms deal later Paul Mphwiyo was shot ….Makande said in court that on Mphwiyo appointment to budget director Ralph Kasambala was not happy from the word go….and we hear of cashgate inner circle who was in there JB and Paul Mphwiyo including pika Manondo knows best…..intention s are known and who killed ???? Pika brother Dauka deposited Mk 300,000 into Kumwembe Account the first accused few days before shooting and Kumwembe lied that he was in Mozambique when evidence showed he was in south africa…..phone records knows where all accused persons were on 13 and 14 September with all the defenses said in Court…. Dpp Kachale said it in court…following the case…Judge do your work as always….

  13. kukhala says:


  14. Kumbukani says:

    People should not be fooled by this single piece of evidence. The judge will weigh all pieces of evidence before making his judgement. Do not forget that there has been some strongly implicating evidence against Kasambara. Again Lutepo has proved not to be reliable throughout “the cashgate trials period” and any rational human being can agree to this. Lutepo’s evidence is crowded with more questions than it can provide answers. It is clear that he is either seeking sympathy or he has let himself to be used as a political pony. Dispensation of justice does not get carried away implication of other people anyhow without proof of the allegations! People should remember that there was a “CCTV footage project” in the same cashgate cases against JB that flopped miserably, then the same Lutepo came up with another claim against JB etc etc. Now he is here again. Eho can really believe this whole hearyedly? It is probably another scheme to have politica scores!

  15. Makwasa says:

    Which statement/story should we believe.?

  16. zanga pheee says:

    kasambala yomweyo ….kuti Wa Wa Wa…..osazathawa a j mtambo poti a billy kaunda anaimba kale kuti chobwezera chimawawa musazayese zamaloza inu…..kasambala ndi hero osati manyaka enanu Kkkkkk……akutolaso chikwama cha ndi chama billions of kwachas kkkkkk

  17. mtochi says:

    So Lutepo tell us who shot Mphwiyo
    and why?

  18. Dr. opima anthu amisala says:

    Wapenga uyu.
    Akuti cashgate anayamba nthawi ya JB, kikikiki zoona?
    Kodi tea estate ija anagulira ndalama zake ziti?
    Kodi company ya ndege ija ankafuna kuyambitsa nthawi ya Bingu kapena JB?
    Kungomwalira Bingu, ma plan onse a company ya ndegeanalowa mmadzi.
    Iwe ndi mbava yayikulu.
    Muyitanitseni Temboyo, Tikufuna nkhaniyi iphulike itulukire ku current DPP leadership. Itulukire ku ndalama za cashgate ya nthawi ya Bingu (Kayelekera) zimene anachitira kampeni?
    Tiyeni nazo o Tembo payere payere.

  19. The Partriot says:

    Cannot wait to hear the verdict on the Kasambara case! Musovenge!!

  20. Bombono says:


  21. Zowona says:

    Joyce Banda woyeeeeee

    Kasambara also is innocent

  22. chimuponho says:

    lutepo z not aperson to trust.may be he has also been forced to say this otherwise kasambara seems to be systematic implicated based from the court proceeding from begining

  23. Njolinjo says:

    I will never believe Lutepo. He wants to smear anybody who was in power then.

  24. Ndabeledwa zambiri ndi Andale says:

    mwayambapo ndale zanu zachimalawi nkhani imathabwinobwino apa mufuna mutipusise sizoti muzamutulutse Lutepo nthawi ya independence kumati wakhululukidwa,kapenanso usiku azikagona kunyumba kwakwe we should nt hear that plz. Lutepo just find out u r self means of coming out from the dark corner not that way apana.,Aikhona mfwuthu

  25. Mlomwe weniweni says:

    The fact is mr lutepo is being used by DPP to implicate JB,his mentioning of JZU,he just want to draw the attention of our beloved MCP leader Rev Chakwela.why lutepo didnt disclose this at the very beginning of his case?

  26. Denguzman. says:

    Lutepo, Lutepo, Lutepo, u are a confused man. Iwe ukayidi umakukhaladi eti.

  27. Kingman says:

    Osewa amangidwa.who shoot paul thats a case ma umboni awo alibe mphavu.

  28. James Malinda says:

    Mbuzi yayikulu ndi jb mfiti yayikazi yotheratu yokonda kutchula dzina la mulungu pachabe, kodi bwanji mthakati ameneyu sakufuna kubwera kuti adzachite clear her name? Leave lutepo alone, mbava tinaidziwa kale ndi amayi jb, to hell with her and her pp, a party of thieves! Simudzawinanso agalu inu!

  29. Tione says:

    This Lutepo is indeed a lunatic and needs qualified psychiatrists. He takes one step forward ant four backward. He is insane beyond reasonable doubt. If you are a Christian, please read the commandment that says , ‘ Do not bear false witness.” It is quite clear that he is being used by DPP.

  30. Tione says:

    It is very hard to believe this man Lutepo as he has changed tune so many times. He is being used by DPP because these people are spending sleepless nights because of JB hence they are on a mud sliding campaign to tarnish JB’s name. Mama JB, God will fight for you as truth will out

  31. Dada Gondwe says:

    If it is proved beyond reasonable doubt that Kasambala is innocent, he will backfire. Govt is going to be sued, and he will be paid alot of cash for damages.

  32. True Citizen says:

    Now the game is in the hands of the Judge, no bias here Free Our Beloved Kasambala now
    the truth has been known!!!!!!!!!!! Kasambala Woyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  33. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very close until 2018. People are suffering in our country. No jobs, no food, no money. Everyday Malawians are going to immigration offices to apply for passports. Malawians are running out of the country because of poverty. It’s a shame that in our country there was only peace, yet nothing had been done to improve the life of Malawians. All because of selfish leaders we had since 1964. UDF, DPP and PP governments they had done nothing for Malawians. Malawians need revolution for change. We need new people, new ideas. How can someone be in parliament for 20 years yet nothing is done. Malawians let us up and fight for country. All people in parliament are helping. How can someone steal more than K577 billion and yet he go free. How can someone steal more than K24 billion yet go free leaving poor people suffering. Malawians let us stand up.

  34. BOKHO says:

    Release Kasambara now if you delay you will be finished. He is innocent man. Leave the Tonga man alone.

  35. Bikiloni Nachipanti says:

    Komanso naye Lutepo yu, why did he take long to say this? He has not been consistent in his statements from the tim eof his arrest and I wonder who would belief his statements now. The question Judge Michael Mtambo should ask is, ” Why didnt you make these statements when you got arrested in the first place? Who were you trying to protect?” Government has spent billions already to establish facts from this case at the expense of incostistent statements from people like Lutepo and at the same time vindicating people who do not deserve to. This is a non starter for me from Lutepo.

  36. Tukombo says:

    I’m not a fan of JB but this Lutepo guy is either being used by DPP to implicate JB by any means necessary or he just needs a mental evaluation.. He has changed his story so many times I’m having a hard time to sort out fiction from facts. It is pathetic

  37. kadamanja says:

    Still praying for Kasambara, they just hate you. Tiwona udzawamange adzakulipila agaluwa.

  38. Bob says:

    Yes its clear now. Want to take someone for a scapegoat while forgetting God has his own ideas. If this lady had won the presidency, God forbid Ralph could have been in trouble. The lady is a witch and this will haunt you forever

  39. ankhoma says:

    so mr lutepo this govt is also using you to implicate jb. nt so? dont take malawians as fools.why accepted to be used? becareful. acb pliz here is another case for lutepo.why allowing him to make alot of noise yet he was already convicted? he had enough time to defend himself but he failed.

  40. Nambewe says:

    however long it takes….we shall get to the bottom of this Saga, eti Mr Bophani??????????

  41. Cash Gate says:

    sizowona zimenezo, inu a dpp, mcp mumasowa nayo tulo, kazingoganizani za 92milion

  42. Senga says:

    Big revelations. Kasambara looks innocent in this affair

  43. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    Apatu mmene zikuonekela tonse m’Malawi muno mutipanga implicate munkhani imeneyi and we will be called to testify, ins’t? Ndiponso iwe Lutepo ubweletse umboni okwanila kuti udampatsadi Tembo ndalama osati zobwebwetuka mmutu mwakozi ayi. Galu iwe!!!!!

  44. Mbuya says:

    Nyasa crew wat were ve cross examinations?

  45. kawonga says:

    Lutepo very foolish man. Do you mean JB could not afford MK10,000,000 or you are saying JB told you to steal and give JZU the ten million. Do you have any documentaty evidence to the effect that JB received your stolen money? Just serve your sentence in silence you freak. Anzanu samaba choncho ayi. Foolish man

  46. kambwali says:

    so kasambala is coming out clean on this

  47. mabadi says:

    Zovuta kwambiri Ambuye atithandize pa nkhani imeneyi kuti dziko lidziwe chenicheni chomwe chinachitika

  48. Ineyo says:

    Viva Kasambala…..this JB why hating this brilliant young man? she forgot that it was kasambala who helped her to ascend to the highest office. Osamapanga choncho.
    Kasambalaaaaaa Freeeeeeeeeeeeeee
    Kasambala Freeeee

  49. Harry says:

    So Mtambo; how about clinging to be Judge against Kasambala?

  50. Uthamie says:

    Kasambala woyeeeeeeeeeeeeee

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