Lutepo escape claims rejected:  ‘Not fit’ to stand cashgate trial, says lawyer

Lawyer  for businessperson and chief cashgate suspect Osward Lutepo has  denied allegations that his client had escaped justice, saying he remains hospitalised at Mzuzu MASM Hospital.

Lutepo:  Not fit and well, says lawyer

Lutepo: Not fit and well, says lawyer

The lawyer, Osward Mtuwila, said rumours that Lutepo has escaped were “utterly false”, saying his client is “not fit and well”  to stand trial “at this moment”.

Mtuwila has strenuously refuted  rumours which went viral on social media that Lutepo crossed the borders to escape justice.

“Such a thing never happened. Lutepo is paralyzed and he cannot sit for more than ten minutes and for that reason he cannot appear in court,” he said.

Lutepo is regarded as chief suspect in cashgate cases  and charged in a K5.7 billion (about $11.4m) theft and money laundering case alongside former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and private-practice lawyer Wapona Kita, which is pending hearing in Lilongwe.

He is also is answering similar charges on an amount totalling K3.1 billion (about $6.2m)in the High Court’s Zomba registry.

Lutepo is facing another charge of conspiracy to commit murder charges alongside Kasambara, Manondo and Dauka Manondo in relation to the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

He was also slapped with another charge of perjury for  admitting that he lied  under oath in court.

His health scare started after his arrest on fresh charges of tax evasion.

Lutepo  had a problem with his nervous system and has a paralysis of his legs. He has been on wheel chair.

Lutepo has accepted wrong doing in the plunder of public resources and apologised to the nation through the media, saying his companies were simply used as conduits.

He implicated former president Banda for benefitting part of his stolen money .Banda shot down the claims, saying they are “malicious” and calculated to drag her in the mud of cashgate as part of the political vendetta by the government.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale recently pointed out she will not trade confessors of Cashgate with non-custodial sentences

She said it was a mockery to the suffering Malawians have endured as a consequence of the accused persons’ role to plunder public money if her office was to accept defence proposal to trade confessions with non-custodial sentences.

Kachali said for this reason, there was no legal framework within which any plea bargaining arrangement can be made.

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40 thoughts on “Lutepo escape claims rejected:  ‘Not fit’ to stand cashgate trial, says lawyer”

  1. Massive says:

    Komatu sikuti cashgate yatha ayi. Munthu Salaru Mk 280,000.00 koma akukhala ku 47 pa rent komanso amayendera galimoto yovuta mafuta komanso ma spare parts. Ife abwinofe ndiye timangoyang’ana?

  2. Scaramanga says:

    This man thinks that he is clever. Everytime I see his picture, my annoyance level increases.
    Lift him in his wheelchair and take him to court. In other words- Do A Mubarak!!!!

  3. trevor manyi says:

    Next thing Kasambara will claim to be sick

  4. musisipala says:

    The said lawyer is Osward Mtupila not mtuwira. Lutepoi should stand trial with Joyce Banda because she received vehicles from Lutepo at a public rally

  5. osman says:

    I think our late president sold us from this people

  6. freespch says:

    Koma zikomo munalapa. Mulungu amakhululukira only that you did not sit down first and calculate the cost of your actions. The country is in tatters. Peoples careers have been destroyed and their reputation has been destroyed as well. If only you knew you could have thought twice. Pokhapo munalakwa. We don’t know you koma it could have been better if you were not born.

  7. ask mubarak says:

    ASK eGYPT.. THESE GUYS CAN APPEAR IN COURT ON WHEEL CHAIR AS LONG AS THE CAN SPEAK…COME ON MALAWI LOOTERPOO!

  8. mona says:

    He was very fit atibera ndalama apite ku court basi

    1. osman says:

      This people they are making us. Stupid If we look into it we will see this people they are benefiting from poor malawians en court of law they also Delaying Court cases this pple face their music

  9. Prince Mambi says:

    This guy is a liar he is not even paralysed. Lutepo is pretending to be paralysed but God will make him paralyse more than he is now. How can the whole Nation be suffering because of him? If the Government is shielding him for sure God will not spare his life. Amen

  10. Citizen X says:

    THAT SICKNESS SHIT IS’NT GOING TO WORK THIS TIME, WE HAVE LEARNT BAD LESSON FROM BAKILI, SO NEVER AGAIN. YOU WILL GO TO COURT IN A WHEELCHAIR, BED, WHAT EVER U PREFER WE WILL GET YOU THERE. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU ARE STILL TAKING US FOR FOOLS HA, WE HAVE SUFFERED BECAUSE OF YOU SO NOW ITS YOUR TURN TO FEEL THE PAIN OF EVIL. SEE YOU IN COURT NO MATTER WHAT!!!!! ONLY SUICIDE CAN SAVE YOUR ASS NOW.

  11. These are all tactics trying to prevent trial,we are not new in Malawi we were born here and knows better everything.So many had claimed to be ill & cant stand trial.I dont know if our judicial system is not mandated to call his next of kin to stand trial on his behalf,& pass judgement.Once this is done take him straight to prison and give him days to go to hospital.I think in so doing ppl will trust our government systems failing which it will be a collective decision(general public).

  12. Yona says:

    All we need is his ears. The fact that he is paralyzed does not make him innocent, it is the same Lutepo who stole the money and as we speak it is in his account. So if he want us to let him be, he need to give back the money he deliberately stole.
    After all the former Egyptian president was being carried to the court room even though he was ill. Lutepo should not be an exceptional,
    We need his ears and brains that which he used to steal money from the government coffers

  13. Dan says:

    We do not need to be told of the health of Lutepo we need our money back. While he was in good health others were not only sick but died due to lack of drugs in the hospital while he was wallowing in stolen money. Now if he dies what happene to our money.
    Lutepo should be told that Malawi has not forgiven him and are not willing to do so until the money he stole is paid back

  14. The best way to go would be to commence civil cases against him through his representatives. If indeed he is incapacitated I hope his legal practitioner will make sure that his business interests are placed in the hands of the next friends of his.

  15. MBACHI says:

    Lutepo if the courts do not punish you, the Almighty God will punish you. You use the stollen money to corrupt the courts but you can not do that to GOD.

  16. I’ll believe that he is ill when he dies. Bakili used the same tactics and now he is well. These thieves are shielded by the leadership.

  17. PATRIOT says:

    NO NEED FOR TRIAL, JUST PASS JUDGEMENT HE ALREADY ACCEPTED WRONG DOING AND IT’S ON RECORD.

  18. Tatyata says:

    where is the enjoyment? paying for the sins he committed ash!!! the devil is a liar!!!!!!

  19. jedi says:

    If Looterpool ain’t fit to travel to court, then let the court convene on his bedside!! Unless if the court is not fit to travel to his bedside.

    Picture this, if everyone fained illness to be declared unfit to stand trial, then there shall be no justice

  20. Wikleaks says:

    All judges at the high court were involved in cash gate in one way or another and they will entertain these stupid tricks. Mubarak as prominent as he was stood trial while on a hospital bed and Lutepo can not be any exception. Courts should not entetain these stupid excuses. The man is a deadly criminal and let him face justice with the queen of cash gate who is now a fugitive. She is busy trying to be busy with nothing thinking that Peter will drop dead at one point and she will return home. She tried to use her stupid friend Mtambo, kwataine and Ngoma to cause confusion but it all flop.

  21. Stanford Jere says:

    Let justice prevails in our country . What the suspect did was a total mess up to the Malawi Nation a country that is already is financial constraints and one would like to achieve his ambitions by mismanaging the public resources. Lutepo is there to answer charges and not case to die natural death

  22. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Now lawyers have become doctors..Only in Bonyaland do you hear of this….

  23. Shakil says:

    I agree let’s try Mubarak way…wheel chair in court!!!!

  24. chims says:

    is “not fit to stand trial” mean literal standing as his good lawyer is suggesting? on my own opinion the case can still go ahead and when he is needed in court,the very courts shall determine thru existing framework whether he is fit or not.the lawyer should stop insisting that his client is not fit to stand trial.that’s rubbish and it will anger people who will be tempted to grab him from Masm clinic in mzuzu and shall be made to walk thru chikangawa to Lilongwe.

  25. BAKILI WAS GOING TO SOUTH AFRICA HOSPITALS, SO THIS IS NOT NEWS AT ALL, BUT TAKE CARE SOME MEMBERS OF DPP, PP, COURTS AND EVEN IN UDF ARE IN THE RING OR CIRCLE.

  26. Two fucking Oswards!Oooh sorry,three assh’le Oswards!Osward Bakili Muluzi!

  27. mohamed malinga says:

    Is not the new thing to see the suspect to pretend sick while the case is in court.Example is our beloved Bakili Muluzi, Yusufu Mwawa etc they done the same way so the law must change .If the suspect is able to speak the case must corry on and alot of people even donours need to know the truth and the way end of the case that made malawi to be worse among othet things.Im being amalawian I want to see the justice take its way

  28. Mphwache says:

    Why does our justice system always fall for these sick tricks. Lets borrow a leaf from Egypt, where their former president Hosni Mubarak was tried lying in a hospital bed and in a security cage. I can volunteer to provide a bed for this trial. Its not rocket science, it has been done before in a former British Protectorate, why cant it be done in Malawi?

  29. Mafikizolo says:

    An old and tired trick invented by one Bakili : when you know you are cornered and have no room for any acrobatics, pretend to be too ill to attend court . Unfortunately, our Judicial System has allowed this trick to succeed . Every time I hear people praising our Judiciary to the high heavens, I laugh . And I’m sure I’m not the only one laughing . Bakili is always laughing along with me .

  30. Greencardless Malawian says:

    Connection to K90 billion yavutatu apa

  31. Alufeyo says:

    Sorry Likoma Economist most of the rich break or disregard the low. Rich countries dump waste in africa rich companies operating in Africa dont pay tax. Stealing/crime is a very big and lucrative industry. Ask the CIA, M15 KGB etc. Our problem is that we are poor therefore should not steal. Close your eyes and imagine the world without crime. In Malawi as we are speaking a syndicate involving public servants politicians and the private sector wakes up each day and thinks about ways and means of defrauding the state. We need good systems to check this.

  32. mtichimwitsa says:

    Mdadya nonse ndinu nomwe ma judge mxiiii

  33. Tim Masamba says:

    Lutepo is joker born idiot!!!!

  34. MSANA WA PETURO says:

    Bakili style.

  35. Likoma Economist says:

    This is not strange at at all. This is the way the mafia operate. Lutepo being a KEY suspect, the mafia will NEVER allow him to be successfully tried. This circus will go on and on.
    I sometimes feel sorry for people who are used by the mafia. Look here Mr. Lutepo, the billions you stole cannot get you out of the wheelchair. The masters you served are free drinking fine wine and flying allover the world. Crime does not pay. You can have short term gains and enjoyment, but soon your actions will judge you.
    As for the mafia, they too will pay the ultimate price. My proffessor of economics taught me one thing I will never forget. He said: there is no free lunch in the world.
    There is no free lunch for the mafia either. They too will pay the price. And they know it…

  36. Moya says:

    Mubarak of Egypt always attended court sessions on a hospital bed so Lutepo is no exempt as long he can talk we don’t care wether he is on wheel chair or hospital bed but only the truth is what we are seeking.

  37. aphiri says:

    If Lutepo dies today DPP and PP will be happy. This guy started this when Bingu was alive. He was untouchable aswell. He has swimming in billion since Bingus time. He bought Naming’omba estate at over Billion kwacha during Bingu time. All his companies were bought during that time. During pp he was just a continuation. U can see

    1. Chunga says:

      Ndichifukwa chake ndikukambirana ndi azungu kuno kuti tikupangeni colonize agalu okuba inu. MCP kuba, kuphaand tsankho. UDF,DPP and PP chimodzi modzi. Simuzatukukanso. Mbava ndi azimai omwe kenako mkumathawa

  38. nganga says:

    Its nt him who z unfit 4 de trial, its our judges who r nt fit 4 judgment

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