Lutepo pleads guilty, convicted: Malawi cashgate

Businessperson Oswald Lutepo has pleaded guilty to charges of theft and laundering K2.1 billion believed to have been obtained in the plunder of government funds popularly referred to as Cashgate and has been convicted by High Court in Zomba.

Lutepo: Guilty and now a convict

Lutepo: Guilty and now a convict

Appearing before Justice Redson Kapindu, businessman Lutepo, who was in a wheel chair entered a plea of guilty for his charges.

The Judge convicted Lutepo on his own plea and revoked his bail. He is now in the hands of Prison authorities waiting for sentencing.

Lutepo’s lawyer Osward Mtupila confirmed, saying the convict changed his plea to “guilty” upon his legal advice.

“We analysed the evidence [by the prosecution] on money laundering and concluded that it will be difficult for us to defend,” Ntupila told Nyasa Times in an interview.

“There is no better explaination on the money,” said the lawyer.

Judge Redson Kapindu, said he will deliver his sentence on July 30 this year under various
conditions.

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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90 thoughts on “Lutepo pleads guilty, convicted: Malawi cashgate”

  1. zizi says:

    In Tumbuka they is this word ‘kwiba wibenge kweni ungakolekanga yayi’ u see now, u r mentioning name of others but they are not included, in this scenario its not Lutepo only, u and me we r also directly involved, kungoti sitinagwidwe, lets love our country n we have to stop this, take care moto umapita kumene kwasala tchire.

  2. Bishop Phiri says:

    Gulisani katundu wake kuti boma likhale ndi ndalama. Modi lutepo analowa kubank yekha? Chilungamo chioneka kasambala spite.

  3. Says the truth to shame Devil says:

    Chitima chanikola mwe. kweni pala nkhupulika ivyo walikunanga, bwenu nkhuti mulekeni walutenge wakaviwonere kwene kuko. Wanyamata chenjerani, wonani munyithu Lutepo walekenge wana na mwanakazi pa thondo. Chifukwa apa ncthakumanyirathu kuti kujele wamukhalako tuvyaka tunandiko. Chenjerani imwe sono mukuti vikunowa chifukwa pala walya vya wene, mpaka ulipile munthowa yinyake nanga pangajumpha nyengo yitali uli mwe. Pakuti wakuti ‘Kakwiza kekha kakulaula.’ Kweni nkhumanya kuti pala ulipo wa munyake iwe ukangwiriskanga ntchito Lutepo kuti wakubilenge ndarama, undabisame yayi. chifukwa nkhumanya ufwenge na maghanoghano. Kweniniso uyo wakuwona vyakuwubendi walikuwona kale. sono pakuti wakati ‘palije icho ntchakubisika icho hilekenge kuvumbukwa,’ mbwenu nina chigomezgo kuti wose awo wakukhwskika wamanyikwenge. it is a matter of time and it is ticking towards that day.

  4. Bamusi says:

    LUTEPOYO ANGOGULITSIDWA kusiyana nkuti azikadyanso misonkho ya anthu ku ndende. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkk. From being a HERO to ZERO.

  5. kakaka says:

    Kasambala simngamkwanitse mwalemba mmadzi

  6. Rodgers Banda says:

    These plead guilty stories are cloudy tricks of milkers. The cow is too thin that it’s failing to move. This money was in many hands and the hands that it passed through to reach him are absent in the story. This shows that the money was very huge enough to feed flood victims for a year or more. This is a barbaric style of clearing the name. But the cow recover?

  7. chatonda says:

    Get the money from him through selling of his property and not sentencing only. Jail terms will benefit nobody yet the country lost lives of many people because we had no drugs in hospitals among others. Kasambara is next. Make sure there is no trick to make him government witness but Malawians should be alert in case there is that plan.

  8. Mphaka says:

    Lutepo alira chakwawo, amayi alira kuti ntooono!!!! Kkkkkk koma ziliko!!!

  9. peshe says:

    Ose amangudwe.kuba titukuka bwanji Malawi

  10. Paradiso says:

    Mr Kwatha, this has nothing to do with religion. Why do you hate the original church. mpingo wapa nthanthwe simungauthe. You may find yourself fighting against God so be careful.

  11. syamboza says:

    Joyce yekhayo sizikumukhudza mudzinena za 92bl za mwanjia malemu opusa

  12. kanyoni ka nja says:

    None of my business !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. TOY B wakungodzi JAMES says:

    He is fucken puss.What afucker is wrong with this wheelchair dog?he must rot behind bars,where he belongs.Don’t forget this black ass enguff her and digest in while she is in foya show no mercy on this story.

  14. kowilira Chiharo says:

    Where is that stupid woman called Joisi Banda whose rule subjected us to countless miseries? Nanga uja wotchedwa Makerene ali kuti? Take them all.

  15. VYOTO says:

    Nanga amene amasayinila ma Cheque a Lutepo wa ku OPC , a Mr. Njanji ndi anzawo ku Accountant General & Treasury, a Mr. Kandoje ndi Mr. Mphwiyo zili pati ?

  16. yosefe Sefuliya says:

    Koma anthu timalangidwa pa dziko lapansi pompa.You cant know that it the same Lutepo who some two years was being held high by that Woman thief who has self exiled herself in the Yankees land.She is even afraid to come back home because she will be in the jaws of kasambaras and others who are baying for her blood.You really messed up Malawi with your greediness.Onsewa they need to serve over 100 years pamodzi ndi mbava yayikazi Joyce.

  17. fight says:

    Sapezeka anapezeka.Sadyeka anadyeka ndi mafupa omwe.

  18. Denguzman says:

    U had no where to hide Mr. Lootepo and those who died in difrnt hospitalz coz ur selfishness their wl rest in peace and am wish u to sve this sentence while using ur wheel chair kkkkkkkkk mumati mutani inu.

  19. Che mokwata says:

    Enawonso amangidwe remember no one is above the law!

  20. MASO A GULU says:

    You can fool people sometimes but not God

    Akulu mwakwera Prado

    MPWANGA ULAPE

  21. CHEJALI says:

    SO Sad lutepo mpaka kukutenga uli pa Wheel chair!!!!!! Ndava chisoni hevee

  22. Beloved says:

    Let justice prevail for the betterment of our nation

  23. MASO A GULU says:

    You can fool people sometimes
    But not God !

    SUUYU MWAKWERA PRADO AKULU ???
    .
    ULAPE MPHWANGA !!

  24. mwahana says:

    Didn’t his companies have directors???? Directors of these companies IPS and the other should also be jailed!!!!!!!! This case shouldn’t just conclude at Lutepo!!!! DIRECTORS SHOULD BE ARRESTED!!!!

  25. CHIMPHEPE says:

    TIMAFUNA ZIMENEZO…OSATI KUTIBELA APA

  26. THE WISE ONE says:

    Ayatolla Khomeni you are detached from the reality. Most Houses in towns have been built by Civil Servants. The civil service is one such a place with big opportunities than elsewhere you may think of. The custodian of most services in any country rests with the government…..all NGOs have line ministries that they report to and they work hand in hand…implementation of projects, international trips..you name it….all the financial activities of such NGOs are benefited by Civil servants in that ministry….Lets talk of Agriculture Sector Wide Approach…ASWAP…there are billions pumped in and being implemented by people in the Ministry of Agriculture…allowances, research, international trips…yield more that the salary. Some people are skilled and work part time I.e. Consultancy..any make real money…

  27. CLEANZ says:

    Zayambapo tsopano, kaya zako izo ife sitinadye nawo paja. Usova!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! kkkkkkkkkkkkk

  28. Maximum Prison says:

    So what are you going to pay back for the stolen money? Tell us what we should confiscate to recover the K2.1billion which you have confessed to have stolen. Its good that it things are turning out this way and finally we will have the chief cash gate confess. Mulungu si munthu! Tick talk, tick talk time is getting closer whether is JB or who ever stole the money that were earned through Malawians through our taxes, one day it will come to light!

  29. matutu says:

    MALE!

  30. This Is Malawi. says:

    RK ali mmadzi!

  31. malili says:

    DPP 2024?????? forget about it what is it that it is delivering???? Lutepo kuvomera after atakana nthawi yonse ija??? style ya DPP imeneyo kufuna kuvunganyiza 92 billion kuti focus yathu ipite opa Amayi okha nonse DPP Amayi, Muluzi ndi tiwanthu tanu tanaphwiyo muululana nthawi yake ndi ino ife aAmalawi tikupemphera ndipo misozi yathu sipita pachabe. We shall see who is clean in this game, yogawana misonkho yathu ndi kuba mavote.

  32. amfana says:

    Guys uyu ndiye sali siliasi.akadavomera kale bwezi titamutulusa.komabe ngakhale wavomera aiyona bangwe basi ndipo tsiku lachigamulo azakomoka.

  33. Wiseman nyirongo says:

    Nanga amake safunsidwa.

  34. Francis says:

    Iam proud of you mr lutepo,true confession.it is well with ur soul .truly our god has forgiven you.church members ,friends and malawi will despise you but this reunion with christ surpasses all.wishing you a quick recovery.

  35. Sambulika says:

    Audits should be extended to all gvt departments including District assemblies where dubious contracts, allawances for undone duties and systematic plunders using companies and suppliers to siphon lots of monies. Start from Balaka u will see what I mean.

  36. Aristotle says:

    Things have fallen apart!! Ng’ombe zayang’ana ku Ngolo!!!!

  37. munyalika says:

    JB ali pheee kuyesa kumusakasaka osamupeza simumutha dpp will not reach 2024 over my dead body olo mutabela motani sizingatheke

  38. Kwatha says:

    He should be a Roman Catholic. Kukonda kuba anthu amenewa kwambiri

  39. Mlakho says:

    Idiot.Abweze ndalama basi.

  40. Muse chauluma kumwenda says:

    Chouluka chizatera

  41. concerned says:

    Watitayitsa nthawi chule ameneyu. Watsala Austen Chiwembu kuno ku Montforst Special Needs College. Munthu analibe ndi njinga yomwe koma pano angoyendetsa magalimoto apamwamba, kumanga sukulu pompo

  42. Martin says:

    This whole change of plea in this saga is a fallacy, something is cooking somewhere within the government hierarchy. Soon we will hear Lutepo being a witness for government to implicate someone. Secondly, I want to question the integrity of this lawyer Mtupila: When did he realise that the case of money laundering brought against his client is uncontestable because the evidence is undismissable? I thought as a learned legal counsel you study the case then analyse the merits and demerits of the facts, then you advise your client if he/she has a case to argue in the court of law. But hell NO, he took the case, wasted courts time with his ever-changing tactics in the process duping the client money. Idiot of a lawyer

  43. Alufeyo says:

    Ayatolla Khomeni kaya mukuti mukhomeni ndinu munthu wopusa komanso omvetsa chisoni inu who told you that a civil servant can only build a good houses if he or she steals. Iwe you are busy fucking and your wife is busy getting laid how can you progress? Actually if you are in government you dont have to steal the Lutepo style you can use your position to amass wealth. Ask around you will be helped if you dont know how. People like you dont use their brains instead nsanje basi. I worked for standard bank but i could not build a mansion but when i joined local govt voila i became wise. DONT STEAL JUST CLEVERLY USE YOUR POSITION.

  44. Joy says:

    Lutepo in, amai Joyce is nxt paja he confessed being sent by her.. Mulungu is munthu, chilango chimayambila pansi pompano, my advice to Lutepo is, is to confess pamaso pa Mulungu as ur r serving ur more than 20 yrs in jail.

  45. Isaac chagwa mzuzu says:

    We nid God

  46. Charter says:

    There are greater “convicts” than Lutepo. We need them where Lutepo goes!

  47. atate akuti says:

    Kaya zake zimenezo .koma nanga enawa mukuwachedwetseranji????

  48. mbani says:

    Death sentence

  49. mkonda Malawi says:

    Panonso we are waiting for the 92 billion cashgate.Pitala nayenso asazitenge kuti Ali holier.Joyce ndi uyu ali Ku self exile seeking asylum kuopa kunjatidwa.Chilundu chapaphewa chikapelepeseka Ku Maula aziwanso.Ankatisokotsa kwabasi ndi mzake Lutepo ndi Phwiyo.She has alot of information of these thieves how they have been draining our taxes to live flashy lives.

  50. yosefe gambatula says:

    He should sell all his properties including his cups to recover the stolen money.Tisamve kuti mwamunga 3 yrs ngati Treza Senzani.At least 50 yrs can do.Where is his friend Joyce who used to brag about Lutepo kuti ndiwodziwa Ku disha magalimoto?It time she came back home than cheating us with those accolades claiming she is for women empowerment.Aliyense wolemera mwachinyengo anjatidwe basi.We don’t want people abusing our taxes while our patients are lacking medical care in hospitals.I hate all these greedy people enriching themselves in a wrong way.We need a clean of Malawi.

  51. FOXY ANDY says:

    Muti abweze ndalama? iiih! zathera milandutu.

  52. Moya says:

    Cornered rat! all tricks exhaused well probably not but we need to know now the story from him how this money was stolen the main architects and end recipients if there was any, CID take over from this point and make the outcome public as they stole public funds too(our tax money or our sweat to be precise).

  53. Nachanje says:

    abweze makobilio galu ameneyu

  54. Damage says:

    The sentence is what will give us the whole true picture of it. Otherwise if it were in Egypt this guy could hav attracted death penalty or life imprisonment. Malawians are suffering ,others are losing lives becz of these people.

  55. Gutepo Mphwinyo says:

    thanx lutepo for not wasting our time and resources. apa ndiye ma lawyer akumalawi mwawonekadi kuti mwayamba kuitha chisiileni kuba.sopano zasala mbava izi jb, ralph and mphwiyo tikachite kududuluza ndi caterpillar.afune kaya asafune alowa basi,ka satanic nkachaniso

  56. Njolinjo says:

    DPP mpaka 2024? Mmmmmmmh, kaya!

  57. Malipeya says:

    Yes Govt has won, but am waiting for the full refund. Its very unfortunate that Nyasatimes did not capture Lutepo’s today’s picture. He was on wheel chair. Chilango chilidi pansi pompano abale.

  58. Phanana says:

    Let him pay back the money to the government as she is still waiting for donors to suport the 2015 2016 budget k24 billion can be used to buy ARVs.

  59. James Mkoko says:

    Ndichifukwa chiyani mukuchedwetsa kuti mai JOYISI BaNDA alowe

  60. Ukachimwa umakhala kapolo watchimolo apa mboni yawina ndiimeneyi just wait

  61. Who from the government side signed for the cheques? There is a missing link from the source of money to Lutepo. We have now and then asked the government to investigate all the property especially houses that have mushroomed in Lilongwe. There still many thieves walking free in the civil service. With the meagre salaries that people receive, we can’t afford the houses we see in and around Lilongwe and other cities. We are killing the nation if we don’t investigate these things. Peter Muthalika looks to be enjoying his last days. We need a serious minded person to lead Malawi from Egypt where Bakili took us to back to Canaan. We are suffering. We are weeping and wailing. We are gnashing teeth.

  62. Wasala Kasambara just to admit and change his plea

  63. Chinthumwananga says:

    I suppose that it was this lawyer that advised Lutepo to make slanderous claims about Joyce Banda being the ultimate beneficiary of the proceeds of the cash gate!

    How about his feeble attempt to claim insanity?

    Stupid lawyers.

  64. mtima wa nyani says:

    kodi minister wa finance wa ku mlanje mamuna wa stella , paja ndi ndani ? ndipo wangpindila mncila wake pomwe alipo anangozimilila atcoka pa udindo wake. nditi uja wa mano oola pasogolo uja ,paja zina lake lija ndi ndaniyo, analipo nthawi ya matako akana pansi jb . nayeso kodi ndege inacita blekdown ku ssa africa??????????????????????? azibwerako tizamve ndondomeko zake ,

  65. tchaka says:

    Apa nde ndadziwano kuti tili ndi ma dolo mu boma ili- siwapita baasi lutepo? Kasambara usamale u r next

  66. Choyipa chitsata mwini, zake zimenezo

  67. mwanawane says:

    Something fishy is going on here,let’s wait and see

  68. Amayi ndiye anathawira kunja

  69. lol says:

    Izi timadziwa kale koma tikufuna za MK92 billion and Mulli. Cashgate number 1.

  70. Manyetera says:

    Watsala Peter ndi bakili

  71. chulu says:

    One of the best LAWYERS in Malawi for generations!!!!! I would rather my lawyer be realistic rather than giving me false hopes which is what most lawyers do.

  72. ndagoma ndidziko says:

    Hmmm This really sounds like there has been some plea bargaining going on. Now lets wait and see where his darts go.

  73. chindaxi says:

    Nyasatimes……can you show us the latest picture of Lutepo….I want to see how he looks….

  74. chindaxi says:

    We analysed the evidence on money laundering and concluded that it will be difficult for us to defend…..this lawyer knows kuti wadya zambili za Lutepo and alive dollar to settle the fees kkkkkk

  75. It’s time to face the music now & dance without the tune

  76. ***** Ugalu Bwako says:

    Mr Mtupila where did get your qualification as a lawyer? I am not convinced with what you are claiming to be advice. When did your know that government has enough evidence that you cannot defend your client. Was he paying you all along?

    Lawyerz, Lawyerz.

    You have wasted a lot of time and government resources, there are alot of cases to be concluded and you were trying to fool us.

    There should be another corruption case behind this one.

  77. Adamson says:

    Amalawi mukuopa ciani pamenepa? Enanu mumaganiza kuti lutepo apezeka osalakwa?
    Mumkaganiza udyo pamenepo. Maumboni omwe alipo munthuyu sakanapulumuka ai. Ndipo wacita bwino kuvomera.
    Amai alimmadzi. Kaya sagwa ndi bp pano kumene aliko? Kkkkk!!!!!

  78. Kadakwiza says:

    Malawians are watching very closely.

  79. magaula says:

    zopusa

  80. Moto umapita kwasala tchire!! amayi basopu ngati simunagonemo mu police cell nanu nde nthawi yayandikila… chipani chanu chatha kale apa DPP Moto Moto mpaka 2024!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  81. captain says:

    Something behind the seen hence no comment

  82. PATRIOTIC MALAWIAN says:

    Do not think we are fools!! You know each other!! MUKUDZIWANA

  83. wamwaka says:

    NO.1 You are right. Let’s wait and c

  84. Malawiana says:

    We knew all along that Lutepo was being muted to be a state witness BUT mind you the person who pleads not guilty today and then guilty tomorrow cannot be taken as a credible witness before the court. Wagwa nayo Lutepo 14 years behind bars or else we will employ mob justice on him.

  85. Umaliswe says:

    No prison will hold him, its just a game.

  86. ujeni says:

    What about Mphwiyo? Can we speed up and start prosecution of the K92bn we want to see Kaliati, Henry Mussa, Mwanamveka, Mulli ndi ena convicted too. Lets clean the dirty.

  87. ben phiri says:

    si masamu awa oho tiona

  88. MKWAPU says:

    KANTHU AKO!!!!
    NOW HE CAN SING

  89. Bubu says:

    I bait, this is not good news at all. In the background of this, there is corruption as well. Its an arranged GULITY PLEA. IF U PLEAD GUILTY, WE WILL LET YOU GO!!!!. Agree or disagree, THIS COUNTRY IS ROTTEN TO THE CORE!!!!

  90. jean jella says:

    Lutepo has been offered a deal. He. Will be a state witness against jb, kasambara and mphwiyo.
    Mary kachale is going aafter jb basi. By hook or crook. Look out for the sentences

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