Lutepo off the hook as witness withdraws affidavit, gets convicted: Malawi cashgate

Court document: Chalonda refusing to implicate Manondo

Court document: Chalonda refusing to implicate Manondo

Affodavt withdrawn

Affodavt withdrawn

Affidavit withdrawn

Affidavit withdrawn

Lutepo: Witness admits lying in court that Lutepo was involved in the shooting of Mphwiyo

Lutepo: Witness admits lying in court that Lutepo was involved in the shooting of Mphwiyo

State prosecutors have initiated the process of exploring the legal grounds to discharge the businessperson Osward Lutepo implicated to have had a hand in the plot to shoot budget director Paul Mphwiyo, following the key witness withdrawing his sworn affidavit in court.

According to court documents sourced by Nyasa Times, an affidavit sworn in by one suspect Charles Chalunda of Private Bag 67, Blantyre  has been withdrawn and Chalonda has since been convicted.

In the withdrawn affidavit, Chalunda states: “In July 2013, I was approached by Macdonald Kumwembe in Blantyre to assist him in executing a plan to steal money from someone in Lilongwe.

“In August 2013 we hired a car and got our friend Robert Difuliya to drive us to Lilongwe. When we arrived in Lilongwe we met Oswald Lutepo at Bwandilo in Area 47, we got into Osward Lutepo’s motor vehicle, a red Nissan Pathfinder. Macdonald Kumwembe and Osward Lutepo started discussing what we were supposed to do.

“During the discussions, I discovered that what Osward Lutepo wanted us to do was for us to kill someone. Osward Lutepo gave us a photograph of the person we were supposed to kill and that person being Paul Mphwiyo.”

An exhibit of the photograph of their meeting was submitted to court.

Lutepo, according to the affidavit, gave K150, 000 to buy a gun that they would use in murder and K600, 000 as part payment. The agreement amount for the job was K6 million.

“The plan was to attack Paul Mphwiyo on his way back to his house.”

However, the suspect says they failed to attack Mphwiyo of the planned after getting K1 million from Lutepo because a police officer a Chilinda had seen them sharing the money.

He also said after a week of the aborted job, he heard Mphwiyo had been shot but he was not involved and the gun he bought “was not used in the shooting.”

According to the affidavit, all the time the suspects met Lutepo, he was unaccompanied.

The affidavit was signed before a commissioner of oath, Mphatso Kachule.

But Chalunda has withdrawn the affidavit, saying he lied to court.

Director of Public Prosecution, represented by lawyer Mbweza brought Chalunda before Chief Resident Magistrate Kayira under criminal case no. 92 of 2015.

He was charged on two counts of perjury where Chalunda pleaded guilty and was convicted on each count, The court however gave him 12 months suspended sentence on a charge that attracts 7 years jail term.

Since the withdraw of the affidavit by Chalunda, the case of Lutepo in the shooting of Mphwiyo has collapsed and prosecutors will let him be discharged.

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the Director of Public Prosecution Mrs Mary Kachale persuaded Chalunda to withdraw the Affidavit that implicates Lutepo and instead put Pika Manondo’s name in a new statement that the DPP had prepared for him to sign.

As part of the deal, the State has offered to be paying for his rentals in a new home in Mangochi and upkeep allowance up to the end of the case. He was told that one Jesse Mussa had benefitted under such generous scheme.

Chalunda is a notorious convict and police records show he has several convictions to his credit.

Currently, Lutepo is under a mental examination to determine if he is medically fit for trial in the various charges he is facing which include theft, money laundering and conspiracy to commit murder.

Lutepo is regarded a chief cashgate suspect and has been making media confession on his wrong doing.

A forensic audit report into the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill due to abuse of public finance management tools dubbed ‘Cashgate’ established that K24 billion was stolen between April and September 2013. However, Cashgate dates back to 2005 when the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis) was launched.

Through various means, Lutepo allegedly got the second highest payments on the list of individuals amounting to K4.4 billion (US$9.8 million).

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44 thoughts on “Lutepo off the hook as witness withdraws affidavit, gets convicted: Malawi cashgate”

  1. Mac William Shumba says:

    I think you don’t know what you want you government people you are just imprecating people for nothing

  2. galu says:

    There are secrets under the sun.

  3. Mbanangwa says:

    I remember the words of Ralph Kasambara, ‘there is no case to prosecute’. Now, counter cases for defamation, torture etc will come. Catch my words, March was the last month set to conclude the cases.

  4. kwalewera says:

    The cashgate cases will come to an end when the real thieves will be exposed. So far its the small fish that have been convicted and jailed. Under the sun there is no secrete.

  5. atate says:

    Someone can wake up and withdraw the affidavit and get the suspended sentence. Its a calculated move. When mphwiyo was short some Dpp guys were seen at central hospital

  6. kela mwampita says:

    If mary kachale and her friends lose this case let them pay from their salaries, coz it’s unfair for tax payers to cough up over their mediocracy

  7. John kamwela says:

    Mary kachale should resign as dpp
    How can she tell witnesses to lie in court

  8. brutsha says:

    In all this mess, on top of the lost billions of tax payers money through cashgate , the unnecessarily circuitous court proceedings are further draining the little that we have.
    Every time I see the word Malawi it’s reminiscent of mediocrity.

  9. Liberalist says:

    Malawians are very stupid to think that Pitala will successfully prosecute bedmates thieves. Lutepo started stealing for DPP & was unintentionally revealed during JB time. Malawians please I beg you forget these cases. All Malawian politicians are thieves. See how rich Pitala is now just few years down the line. Sorry we are living in a country that is ruled by Satanists.

  10. Let’s not waste time finding out who shot mphwiyo. The guy is a dirty crook after all. Let’s focus on mphwiyos role in cashgate

  11. mphwanye says:

    Ma lawyer, ma Judge, ma Accountants, a customs/MRA, Trafic police simukapulumuka ku mwamba. If you pray you are just wasting your time. And had it been that I was a pastor in your church I would have expelled all of you hipocrits. Muzafa imfa yowawa nonse.

  12. Jude says:

    DDP Kachale should just resign. She is just too incompetent to be in charge of criminal cases in the country. I don’t know how many have been convicted wrongly convicted under her reign. This Paul case highlights what sort of DDP we have in the country. How come on this earth do we have the whole DDP manufacturing evidence?

  13. Basi apa Raphael ali pa easy game wawina a Mphwiyo munaombeledwa ulele!!

  14. gabbage says:

    The dramma called legals in Malawi continues.

    Anthu onsewa palibe ati amangidwe chifukwa they all belong to the same satanic congregation ndipo akudziwana.

  15. chris kamwendo says:

    Pika manondo is a mafia. Very shrewd calculating and dangerous. These cheap crooks can’t implicate him.they know he will kill them

  16. Khongoni Boy says:

    Ine Pheeeeee Kwakhoni Kuno

  17. freedom says:

    You mean suspended sentence for one year for cheating the whole world on cash gate? No no lets set good references in this country s judicial system.
    we shall one day take the law into the street.
    you can fool the people but not this way.Malawians are not stupid.
    you might as well just close all the cash get cases.

  18. Ngwazi D says:


  19. Hoitty says:

    kaya zandikwana za small fish

  20. nasimelo says:

    there must be other forms of evidence apart from one person just saying. Where is the forensic parts and other investigations?


  22. Oh!.. Life on earth kuzikundikira chuma pomwe ena akusowa ndi sopo emwe life…life…

  23. Compact. says:

    My laugh will come last! Tiyeni nazo.

  24. collins kafa says:

    State can’t win the mphwiyo shooting case, and now kumati dpp is forcing witnesses to implicate people. Shame

  25. so complicated,will this case come to an end? doubtful

  26. Curious eyes says:

    MALAWI and its laws+Lawyers, a total mediocrity. Mxm

  27. It seems there are more beneficiaries from Cash gate proceeds now, such that the truth will keep distorting until justice collapse. Who is fooling who now???


    Private Bag 67, Blantyre, is the official letter mailing address for the Blantyre City Assembly.

  29. Atcheya says:

    We have a very rotten system in Malawi. Very rotten. I will not be surprised if no one is convicted for the attempted murder of Mphwiyo. It appears the whole case is surrounded by crooks. Crooked judges, crooked lawyers, crooked prosecutors, crooked witnesses, crooked accused, crooked Mphwiyo.



  31. zizwe says:

    This is a circus aimed at defeating justice .no one is to be trusted from the accused to prosecution and judges .this whole thing stinks. I was listening to what the relatives of kadzuwa were saying on the brutal murder of their relative by Ali Kaka.there anarchy in the whole judiciary its rotten right from the registry up to the chief justice. No justice for the poor .

  32. chatonda says:

    This was a deliberate plan to have the affidavit withdrawn and give the other person huge sums of money when Lutepo gets out of the hook. Be clever Malawians. The same Lutepo is reported mad. The whole aim behind all this is that Lutepo wants to be acquitted and be free to steal again.

  33. demah says:

    Awaw ndi ana aNdix market ku collage ndi ku den kwao saopa kutengedwa. Uku geni ya steel ikuyenda mukasi

  34. aishoshe says:

    za ziii..mukutinyasa nazo nkhani zimenezi tsopano.osangowagwira akubawo bwanji momwe munayambila kuzungulira muja?nxa nxa nxa.

  35. KANDAWE says:


  36. nyapankhwesa says:

    Chija timati chipako ndi chimenechi

  37. nyapankhwesa says:

    Tiyeni nazoni amalawi,likadakhala sewero bwenzi lililobeba

  38. Issa Kabudula says:

    The cashgate stories it is coming to boring, its like the whole system of investigations, charges and witnesses is like a Nigeria movie where there is more talking and lies and no work done. Yet we are expecting the donors to trust us with their money. Lupeto brings lies every day in the court and in the media, so are all other master plunders – those who are locked/charged are victims who ate very less of the money – real individuals are going around with the cash in their heads.

    The donors are watching us – and if this madness caries on we are in for troubles. Please lets change the way the cashgate is being investigated and charges being prosecuted lest we see prolonged un funding budgets, why are we keeping other people as scared cows?

  39. Mary says:

    Ngati pali nkhani zomwe sindimazimvetsa ndiye za Lutepo.

  40. Manager says:

    We are tired of cashgate issues.Why cnt the Government be addressing salary,posting,employment issues among othas?

  41. ian says:

    mukuona? ine ndatopa nayo nkhaniyi tsopano akungofuna kuchulukitsa gaga mdiwa. Koma osauka nde kalekale itatha sichoncho? God forbid

  42. Achimidzimidzi says:


  43. Kanyimbi says:

    Can it be that this Lutepo started the cashgate before the PP government? Zinazi zikudabwitsa.

  44. Mphwiyo says:

    Masanje basi.

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