JB withdraws from Lutepo case on call logs: Malawi cashgate

Malawi former president Joyce Banda has asked High Court in Zomba to withdraw her intention to join the of cashgate suspect Osward Lutepo’s money laundering case as an interested party.

Lutepo:  Chief suspect in cashgate

Lutepo: Chief suspect in cashgate

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.”

On September 4, the Zomba High court had granted Lutepo access to Banda‘s and former Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo’s call logs from telephone operators.

But Banda, founder and President of the People’s Party (PP), through her lawyer Msuku argued that obtaining call logs]would have infringed on the privacy of the former president.

He said Lutepo asked for 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,” said Msuku.

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

Meanwhile, Msuku lodged a request to court to withdraw Banda from the case.

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 criticised Banda’s decision to join the case as inappropriate.

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.

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Latifa Banda
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thnx 4 the update

kamps
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interested party wapanganso withdraw kkkkkkkkkkkk

Manyonyo Dipa
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please arrest those who are in cashgate scandle.

Vee-Nee
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stupid Malawians u don know who has been stealing your money! !!

Forgotten about the 72 billion???

Mzambiani wa pa nyasa
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I wld like to see yo JB down OraNges! I hate this Woman personallY as you do to ones you hate. Her call logs pertaining to cashgate are key to her house arrest.

Wanganyewanganye mtumbuka
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Wanganyewanganye mtumbuka

Mayiyu adayamba kale ali mu UDF. Pajatu pa kampeni amati ntchitozi adayamba kalekale. La 40 lakwana tsiku.

Alungwana
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Tisiya kuyimba mafoni kuopa mmawa.

aaron kapachiwah
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kodi wakuba amakana kusechedwa?

Mbowe Mulambia
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Anthu nu mungosokoneza sokoneza kuti anthu asazisate nonse ndinu mbava musatipusisepo pano all this mukusaka njira yoti mugwilire JB while milandu yo kumba yambirizedi only one out sixty has finished ngasi apo angobweza ndalama as simple. Dziko lonse likuziwa kuti APM anaba nyumba muyambe APM yo abweze. During Namantanga time Kaliati was minister of that ministry chifukwa chake namantanga akulimba mtima osafuna kugona ku ndede Kaliati , Namantanga ndi lawyer Muhura ndi amodzi anali ndi dpp during Bingu time.

malawian
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he he heee! jb chamukhama pamero

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