JB joins Lutepo case, obtains stay order against call logs

Malawi former President Joyce Banda through her lawyer on Monday made an application to High Court registry in Zomba to join Oswald Lutepo’s money laundering case as an interested party which the court has accepted.

Banda made application after obtaining an injunction preventing the release of her call logs to main suspect in the cashgate scandal and business tycoon Lutepo who is answering money laundering charges and possession of stolen property charges.

Lawyer  for Banda, Mauya Msuku  argued that producing the former head of state’s call logs “will be intruding in her privacy.”

He said: “That [obtaining call logs] would have infringed on the privacy of the former president as a citizen of this country. Mr. Lutepo asked for Dr Banda’s call logs uninterrupted from January 1 to December 31 2013. This is not in order because some of the calls might have been to her family members and friends.”

Lutepo’s lawyer  Oswald Mtupila pointed out that although Lutepo asked for all the call logs, only those relevant to his case would be used.

During the last seating, in September 4, 2014, Zomba High Court Judge Redson Kapindu granted Lutepo access to Banda and former budget director Paul Mphwiyo call logs for fair trial.

Lutepo:  Chief suspect in cashgate

Lutepo: Chief suspect in cashgate

Apart from money laundering charges, Lutepo is also answering perjury charges and was recently arrested on charges of the attempted murder of Mphwiyo that took place on September 13 last year.

Former justice minister Ralph Kasambara who is also answering to money laundering charges and also an attempted murder of Mphwiyo took to social media to react on Banda’s injunction on call logs.

“This is how it all begun. Today I am not shocked to hear that there is an injunction/stay order stopping Lutepo-charged with looting billion Kwachas-from accessing her call logs. By the way the State has all my call logs; and as I am writing my phones are listened to, recorded and what have you. All this courtesy of my former President,” Kasambara posted in his Facebook Timeline.

Lead Prosecutor in cashgate Kamudoni Nyasulu asked the court for the amendment of the new charge sheet.

Nyasulu told the court that their investigations revealed that Lutepo allegedly stole K4.3 billion and not K3.1 as earlier submitted by the state.

Lutepo, who handed himself to police on November 6 2013,  has been a hostile an unreliable witness, changing statements now and again. He is on a K50 million bail bond and he  is also allegedly connected to the attempted murder of Mphwiyo and Director of Public Prosecutions Mary Kachale said he would be charged with conspiracy to commit murder.

The state earlier indicated that they will parade 14 witnesses, 3 investigators and 11 civilians.

The matter will come again for trial on October 17.

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Sekani
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In first place lutepo is such a very lunatic guy. He is being used by the likes of ralph to revenge on Amai and protect those whose name appears in the cashgate report.
Releasing call logs of former president is suicidal and breach of national security. Why dont you focus on running the country than witch hunt? Mukumva naye kuwawa JB

Aunt Getu Odwala
Guest

Leave JB alone. She is not in your league we al know about that. She is noe mentioned in the cashgate then why are you so obsessed with implicating her? Haters

Samantha ampatsa mimba
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Samantha ampatsa mimba

Call lgs of Joyce Banda wont see the light of day. Like all malawians, she is protected by the law.
Yes lutepo bcoz he is a coward he is being used. One thing i onow for sure JB is being targeted by dpp. Simukupuma naye bwino ata.

John Muhammad
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Madolo anzanga ku Maula prison konzekan kukubwera dona kumeneko!!!! Koma samalan akatundu anu,ndiwakuba wamkulu mayiyo..MWINA BOLANSO INU GUYS!!

KEERA
Guest

Shocked to hear her refusal, why and how the logs have been denied yet she said she has no hand in Cash-gate. DPP refused vote recount we all said they know they rigged. JB refusing to grant Looter-po call log. How does the State interpret

Mphatso mbewe
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Let the cashgaters be brought 2 book if found guilty let them rot in jail,corruption is an evil act. wy kuwasekerera.raphael is a son of satan, cashgater wamkulu,akadakhala maiko a chiluya penalty yake in death sentence he deserved that.

sello Mvuyane
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akukana kukayezetsa akuopa chani, singing

wtl
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Mai wakuba ameneyi atenga chiletso bwanji? umanama kuti wagwira mbala, let the phones reveal mmene unkawatumira, ukukanitsa bwanji? adanena anthu wakuba wotsogolera ndiwe. mwadziwika mai. mai wakuba! wopanda manyazi, kuba kuposa mzibambo! ndiye umatakataditu. thus why unkakakamira kuti usachoke pampando.uziona!!!

PHWAXCAAN
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kumwamba kuli nkhani……

binali gama
Guest

Chabwino ndichiti kuba mavoti kapena ndalama. tisayiwale kuseli kwama voti kuli ndalama zankhaninkhani

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