Looter-pool!  Rise and fall of Malawi cashgater-in-chief

Chief cashgate suspect and businessman, Oswald Lutepo, does not cease to amaze. On Friday, November 21, he spoke to Zodiak Broadcasting Station from his alleged ‘hiding’ place. As expected, Mr. Lutepo subjected Malawians to his now familiar narrative about cashgate and the people that he thinks must be involved.

Lutepo:   Malawi chief cashgater who has accepted wrong doing

Lutepo: Malawi chief cashgater who has accepted wrong doing

This time round, his victim is former Head of State, Joyce Banda. Lutepo alleged that he was engaged by the former President to siphon huge sums of money from Capital. The loot was duly ‘surrendered’ to the former president every time it materialized. Lutepo claimed he is not at peace and that he is now a poor man, having been arrested and tried in courts for what he did, on behalf of others.

He went on to apologize to President Peter Mutharika for making his job difficult (donors have withheld their funds because of cashgate).

Many people may now have lost count of how many times Mr. Lutepo has come out in the open to ‘tell the truth’ about cashgate and the role he played to find himself with K1.2 billion in loose money without rendering any service to government.

Every time Mr. Lutepo’s ‘truth’ always comes out differently and often contradicting the first ‘truth’. In fact, the courts recognized this fact and rained in on him  over  charges of telling too many ‘truths’ that contradict each other under oath—a crime dutifully christened ‘perjury’ in legalese.

Lutepo is again dwelling on falsehood when he claims his companies, including the International Procurement Services (IPS), were being used or abused by the former President to siphon money from government because a University of Malawi graduate, successful businessman of many years and politician of his caliber cannot just accept to be used blindly like a toddler.

He registered the companies that are embroiled in cashgate scandal. Lutepo has run them for a long, long time, dating to the era of the late President Bingu wa Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

His is an enterprising individual who started doing business way back. He is the owner of Naming’omba Tea Estates in Thyolo, a very large commercial agricultural concern that employs a lot of people. At the time he was buying Naming’omba Tea Estate, it was worthy a cool K2 billion. This was way before the PP government under Joyce Banda came to power.

Lutepo was also a member of the consortium of Malawians that offered and nearly bought the liquidated Air Malawi before Ethiopian Airlines snapped it up.

He is obviously a rich man.  Lutepo is therefore a man who cannot claim to be poor before or after his cashgate escapades of 2013. He cannot claim that the cashgate money was the only real money to ever cross his fingers.

He is thus telling another lie (or is it truth?) when he says he is poor, in hiding, and that his workers have lost their livelihood and are now unemployed because of what he did.

It is all part of a carefully concocted theatrics meant to hoodwink the DPP government to let him off the hook. Lutepo is an opportunist whose history of business and riches is littered with dubious dealings and not-so-straight-forward practices. Lutepo shrives on bad-mouthing business compatriots and his companies have always been on the wrong side of the law for tax related crimes.

Lutepo joined the People’s Party not for the love of the party. His interest was primarily to safeguard his huge business interests. He was looking for favours and protection when he does it wrong, as he usually does.

His lies and half–truths are therefore not coming as a surprise. It is something that is spread in his blood like an HIV virus, and ready to devour its unsuspecting victim. He has already shown that he is an invertebrate without spine. He can sing and blab, like a bird at every push.

It is clearer now that he has chosen his place and role in this whole cashgate affair—that is to be a pawn that panders to the highest bidder.

He has allowed himself to be used as a lap dog by the DPP in order to deal with Joyce Banda and the leadership of the previous government. It is an open and shut case.

  • Hastings Kandoje is a social-political commentators based in Lilongwe and a columnist on Nyasa Times. All views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of, and should not be attributed to, Nyasa Times.
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36 thoughts on “Looter-pool!  Rise and fall of Malawi cashgater-in-chief”

  1. Mhango says:

    Eish!,this is abig guy lets all agree, there is no way he can go to prison,he is got that money and politically well connected,we’ve all seen it,he is now being used for political gains, Hmmm,in 21st century there is law for rich and law for poor, really money buys freedom of choice.

  2. Nic says:

    Moderator:

    Why do you allow comments where people are calling each other names and exchanging all kinds of insults. Your site has got to be one of the very few that allows such postings!

  3. matt says:

    Lutepo is a1 fool today.Here is a man who accorded VVIP at our airport on his return to answer his case.Malawians take or leave it.the man has vital information on cash gate.Lets pray he not commit suicide.amen

  4. ambele says:

    Oswald of OSK Freight ndi mbala and amadziwa kupanga madilu zedi. Moti DPP, apolice, MRA, ma Judge ngati saonedwa bwino alowamo. MRA yadya naye ameneyu kwambili
    when he was clearing for Iponga Shops just like Elvis Freight and a MRA achilungamo
    anatseka makampani amenewa chifukwa cha madilo. Koma Lutepo anatsegula ina zodabwitsa kuti Elvis ija yomwe milandu ndi MRA ili mbwee yatsegulidwanso. Kuzionetsetsa zinthuzi palibe chilungamo, Mulungu awayendele anthu amenewa kapena awaitane kuli Iyeko

  5. christian says:

    Yess he is arich man kuyambira the day God gave him life, but why are u taking one side of the story Why is the imformation of donating 22 cars+t-shirts etc are missing here to som paties , in late DPP adnm was he amember like he was in PP? If in zodiak intervew he metoined bingu as you put t, mukanati ndiosakhulupirika?, ok JB is metioned by lutepo, u r metioning DPP should we say both of u are fools? If u say lutepo is alia, why do u lie to ur God/ wife/family/ freinds/evn the nation about somethings in ur life, if u knw that u are ajudge(God) to tel who is saying the truth or not, late God take over this world from satana,all of us shall have peace

    1. collins says:

      We r not interested in ur calling someone a fool for his opinion this could make us believe u r one and the worst.

  6. mbuje says:

    Chelutepo apa mutu wazungulira sakudziwa choti anganene.Lero zina mawa zina .Poyamba anaukana mulandu wacashgate lero wauvomera koma momupaka dothi munthu wina.Chodabwitsa ndichoti yemwe akumutchulayo kuti ndi amene anapindula kwambiri ndi cashgate ndiamene anamumanga mkuluyu.Panopa milanduyi ikungopitilizidwa kuchokera kuboma lapitalo .Chiyambireni tawonapo kumangiwa kwa Victor Sithole ,Triza Senzani kodi tinene kuti nawonso amatumidwa ndi JB? Chelutepo what goes around comes around.Nanga kuzemba misonkhokunso amakutumani ndi a President? Lutepo is just a Big Fool if indeed he was used.But if he was being used then he must have been the one who benefited so much for he so the goodness of doing it

  7. jimm juma says:

    MORE FIRE LUTEPO TIMADABWA IFE ALUTEPO ANASAMBA PATI ADZINGOLANDILA NDALAMA OSAGWILA NTCHITO .KUTENGA NDALAMA NDI KU ARMY KOMWE.TIMADABWA KUTI AMAWAGONETSA TULO MABWANA KUTHAMANGITSA MA PAYMENT OTI SAKUWADZIWA.ZIKOMO TAMUDZIWA MBAVA . MUCHILE MWANSANGA TIDZIWE ZOONA, A LUTEPO MUKANAKHALA WAMISALA MUKANATCHULA MSONDA KAPENA MWANYONGO .AMENE MWATCHULAYO ANALIUZA DZIKO KALE KUTI IYE AMALANDILA SAMABA KUCHENJELA AMAYI POMPO MULUNGU KUWAONETSA KUPUSA KUTI MAWA A LUTEPO AKAWULULA MONGA ZICHITIKILAMU DZIKO LISADABWE. AMAYI JB MUSANKANE LUTEPO MULI NDI ARGUMENT YA BWINO WOLANDILA SIOKUBA KAPLEKENI ARGUMENT KU COURT MUKAWINA NANENSO NDIKATENGA SCREEN YANGA ANADIPASA MBALE WANGA YOKUBA. A MALAWI ANZANGA TIYENI TIKONDE DZIKO LATHU MUSATAYE NTHAWI KUIKILA KUMBUYO ANTHU OKUBA .NDALAMAZO ZIKANAGULA MANKHWALA OCHEPA ANABA.ZIKAKHALA ZA 92 BILLION .AMAYI ANAYAMBA ZA CASHGATE .BWANJI SANAYAMBE ZA 92 BILLION. CHONDE NKHANI ZIWILI SIZIKAMBDWA NTHAWI IMODZI TIDIKILE IKATHA CASHGATE .

  8. jimm juma says:

    MORE FIRE LUTEPO TIMADABWA IFE ALUTEPO ANASAMBA PATI ADZINGOLANDILA NDALAMA OSAGWILA NTCHITO .KUTENGA NDALAMA NDI KU ARMY KOMWE.TIMADABWA KUTI AMAWAGONETSA TULO MABWANA KUTHAMANGITSA MA PAYMENT OTI SAKUWADZIWA.ZIKOMO TAMUDZIWA MBAVA . MUCHILE MWANSANGA TIDZIWE ZOONA, A LUTEPO MUKANAKHALA WAMISALA MUKANATCHULA MSONDA KAPENA MWANYONGO .

  9. Fwetseke says:

    “Ndikumuziwa amene anaombera mphwiyo”

  10. foot-soldier says:

    If you find it difficult to believe Lutepo try believing joyce banda’s unsolicited reaction “wolandira ndalama zoba alibe mlandu”!!!

  11. Professional Vendor says:

    The evidence against Mtila Banda, yes is there in BLACK AND WHITE, let her deny it
    1. Ngati wina wapeza njira yotsegula machine ndikuba ndalama ndikugawira wina, ogawiridwayo sanabe. I have seen police men snatching stollen items (you have seen them in papers) and arresting people ogula items suspected to have been stollen. So Mtila Banda received alot of those items, mention of cars, chimmanga, mat-shirts etc
    2. Mai Mtila has been receiving donations from these people. We might not know ngati zili zakuba kapena ayi but if Lutepo say, magalimoto waja ngakuba, what would we say

    So yes, evidence is there for Mai Mtila Banda

  12. Mai a mwana says:

    Komatu, za JB ndizoona.Only that it is difficult at this moment to be believed by public after several “lies”. Atati afufuze call log, you will be shocked to see what plans he oz making ndi amayi (JB).Its true!

  13. Mnyasaland says:

    So sad for manuel and khamani that the issue is not joice banda but Lutepo who is now seen to be unreliable in whatever comes from his testifies.Malawians and DPP this Lutepo guy will finaly mention the entire population of Malawians just to confuse the courts.The issue is he should provide substantial evidence and not narrations.When next time he mentions APM I hope u will take him seriously, just wait till this comes to pass it is when you will know him better.

  14. Jabulosi says:

    LUTEPO IS A HARD CORE THIEF SECOND ONLY TO MULLI. THEY HAVE ONE THING IN COMMON I.E. HAVE INVESTED THE STOLEN MONIES IN SEVERAL COMPANIES. THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN LOOTING OUR TAXES SINCE 2005. THEY HAVE SHARED THE LOOT WITH POLITICIANS LIKE LATE BINGU. MY PRAYER IS THAT, MAY GOD CALL THEM TO REST TO REDUCE MALAWIAN SUFFERINGS!!!!

  15. wakukaya says:

    Alibe nzeru Lutepo.

  16. Chisoni says:

    Munthu ndi munthu basi sitikusamala kuti Lutepo akunena chilungamo kapena ayi koma chomwe tikufuna ife ndichilunga pa kuonjoledwa kwa ndalama, ife tisamagone ndi njala wina akusangalala ndi ndalama zathu zomwe.

  17. wilfred malunga says:

    poor Khamn is the presdent aware of each and everything happening in the treasury? Does the presdent sleep in that room and not budget director?or you want to dismiss report made by the white external auditors?now you want Lutepo be your auditor?now let the suspects be set free because your enemy is not being caught?Report is revealing not Lutepo. You want to end the matter by impricating innocent people so the court should not see the future of the case shame?????

  18. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Looter-pol and DPP you cant fight JB,God fights for her battles.we know that JB is not mentioned in the report so dont cheat us

  19. Chindazi says:

    JB stand, Lutepo stand, Ralph stand, Pika stand, Paul Mphwiyo stand…….two of you will follow Namathanga in prison…………

    JB and Paul Mphwiyo you have 10 minutes to follow Namathanga in prison….kkkkkkkkk

  20. saini says:

    Lutepo has told many truth and i do not know which one to belief . Does he have evidence against Abiti Mtila or he just want to make a fool out of her and make happy DPP

  21. Chiletso says:

    And everybody knows DPP are thieves too. Did they not steal the election oh no they won it by dishing out money to everyone who could be bought. And then Peter and his wife as if the problems at hand are not enough are now using HIV funds for this stupid , useless and brainless Mulhakho am still looking for the right word to describe them.

  22. Truth Pains says:

    No finger pointing. It is pretty clear, Bakili, Bingu, APM, JB, onsewa ndi mbava. Pali munthu wanzeru apa? A Malawi, if we are to solve cashgate then it is not with the mentioned leaders. Let us act and courts need to come behind us.

  23. Manuel says:

    Judging by what happened t Mphwiyo and that area23 cashgate witness lady. Lutepo, as sb who knew too much was too deep into danger to say the truth that time than now when the alledged CASHGATER-IN-CHIEF is out of statehouse. Panopa mpamene wamasukano kutiuza zoona. That’s why JB tried to halt the electoral process and now she’s running away frm her own shadow. Or is it to finish eating up the cashgate money?

  24. khamani!! says:

    Akutumani ndani a kandoje ? Are you related to the cashgate kandoje ? The man said he had proof … Let’s wait and see and do you really think people would be getting billion kwacha contracts from the opc without the president knowing ? Especially after the president established a parallel purchasing committee for opc contracts. Just wait man … Zayambika ..

  25. BigMan says:

    Poor Kandoje, writing nonsense in a futile attempt to save Abiti Mtila. Fat chance of that happening everybody knows she is a thief!

  26. CHIYAMBA says:

    BROTHER LUTEPO DON’T LET PEOPLE DECEIVE YOU. REPENT & COME TO JESUS YOU SHALL FIND PEACE. NAKED YOU CAME & NAKED YOU SHALL GO. JESUS YOU HE SHALL SET YOU FREE

  27. collins kafa says:

    Try and convict him. Hie friend manondo @ least mentioned jb while in police custody

  28. Mbwiye Wapata says:

    For sure these are views expressed by the author who has been so blind and deaf on anything that associates JB with dirt. Whether or not Lutepo id saying the truth,it is not for Kandoje to prove it. The courts will do. Malawians remember JB’s statement on cashgate suspects in September last year. She said,”ngati umaba nkumagawira anzako,wakuba ndi wogawa iwe.” That was a statement said to cover something that will soon come out whether or not Kandoje uses his pen to defend amayi. I don’t take Lutepo seriously on his statements,but am aware that PP received a fleet of brand new vehicles from him claiming he was a well wisher. Whether or not he joined PP for his personal gains id of no concern to Malawians. After all,all become politicians for personal gains. If Lutepo is used by DPP to destroy amayi as Kandoje is claiming,the courts are to prove it. All we want to see is cashgsters facing the music. Stop defending them or judging them in the media!! Wamvatu Kandoje

  29. Gankala says:

    W e know nothing. I hope the truth will come soon

  30. pastor torre of universal church says:

    Wamisala adaona nkhondo.abwino mkuthawa nawo.

  31. Patriot says:

    Well observed.
    And in fact he is saying that he is going to give details of how they siphoned our taxes…..since late Bingu era. Paja anayamba kuba nthawi imeneyo uyu asatipusise.
    He is now twisting and retwisting information, tiziti wapenga ali a total confusionist send by DPP to reveal what he learnt since 2005.

  32. Chichi says:

    Asatisokose uyu, ndiwabodza basi. DPP becareful with this man.

  33. ujeni says:

    Lutepo is the K13bn King while mighty Mulli is the K 92B King

  34. nyagomba says:

    he will be convicted by his own utterances

  35. Mulopwana Wa Mamwene says:

    Wamusala uyu inu, tamusiyani kuti nanunso musasanduke wamusala

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