One of the cashgate suspect Oswald Lutepo who was recently in the news and was arrested for lying is at it again with Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale doubting the authenticity of the claims he made in his letter to the AG in which he accused several senior legal minds of professional misconduct.
In his letter Lutepo asked the AG to investigate Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba, former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Fahad Assani and hired prosecutor Kamudoni Nyasulu for allegedly forcing him to write witness and caution statements to implicate private practice lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita in the Cashgate cases.
However, Kaphale has said he doubts the veracity of the allegations by Lutepo and has since asked for more clarification and pointers to the claims.
“When the claims were made, I wrote to the people mentioned to explain their part. I did some investigations and found that there was no substance in what Lutepo was saying. We have written a response to the effect to him. Meanwhile, the case is still continuing, including the recent one on perjury,” said Kaphale.
The DPP said Lutepo needs to prove this because what he claims to have lied under oath was done voluntarily and the statements were his.
In his letter, Lutepo also asked the AG to assist in withdrawing all caution and witness statements that he made as they were obtained under duress and testifying to them would cause him to commit perjury.
But Kaphale said he has no powers to retract the statements.
“Every case on Mr. Lutepo is going ahead, in fact you should be hearing of the prosecution date very soon. In the letter Mr. Lutepo is not saying anything as regards to the charges against him. He has just concentrated on his allegations,” he added.
Lutepo in an interview said he was yet to get the response as he was travelling to Blantyre for further diagnosis.
“I have not yet received anything from the Attorney General office, maybe it’s because I have not been feeling very well. I am on my way to Blantyre and will respond to the contents of the letter in due course,” he said.
Police arrested Lutepo in Kasungu on Sunday and charged him with perjury. He has since been released on bail.
Since his arrest following the revelations of the looting from government coffers, Lutepo was charged with various counts, including theft and money laundering of government funds amounting to K2.6 billion.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :