Lutepo pleads not guilty to Mphwiyo shooting in Malawi ‘cashgate’ 

Malawi’s chief Cashgate suspect, Oswald Lutepo,  has pleaded “not guilty” to the charges of conspiring to murder  former Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo, whose shooting on 13 September 2013 led to the unravelling of the systematic looting of millions of government money dubbed ‘cashgate’.

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Gun-shot survivor Mphwiyo

Lutepo:  Pleads not guilty

Lutepo: Pleads not guilty

Lutepo, who is reportedly medically not fit to stand trial, took the plea before Lilongwe High Court Judge Michael Ntambo in absensia through his lawyer Osward Mtupila.

During cross examination that lasted a few minutes, Mtupila asked Mphwiyo if he knew Lutepo and if they were friends.

Mphwiyo told the court, presided over by Justice Michael Mtambo, that he knew Lutepo and they were chatting.

However, he told the court that prior to his shooting, he had no grudges with Lutepo and don’t have any reason why he could want him dead.

Accoridng to Mphwiyo two bullets hit him in the mandible and another went through his shoulder to his chest. One bullet was removed in a South African hospital but two others – lodged in his spinal column – will remain inside the 39-year-old for the rest of his life.

The gun-shot survivor said that he was waiting for his guard to open the gate to his house when he saw some people approaching the vehicle in the darkness.

Mphwiyo’s shooting unravelled ‘cashgate’ and the resultant discovery that up to US $30 million was minted from the government payment system, where politicians and businessmen colluded with civil servants for payments for goods and services not rendered to government.

Soon after Mphwiyo’s shooting millions of cash in Malawi kwacha, US dollars and South African rands started pitching up in unlikely places like in car trunks, baby dolls, under beds or in pillow cases.

Cashgate dates back to 2005 when the Integrated Financial Management and Information System (Ifmis) was launched and Lutepo prominently appears to have  got the second highest payments on the list of individuals amounting to K4.4 billion (US$9.8 million).

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Arthur G.M. Mtambo



Lutepo is a Notorius Crook and a Mafia, zinthu zambilimbili mwamupeza nazo what else Do you want so that the Guy shouild be behind Bars Malawi Courts? Poorest country in the world, poor handling of Court procedure, roberly Police, votegate country with its feggie Radio Stations, now where Do U think the Truth might come from? Pakwawo MW until this Guy in Government stops ruling MW!?!::.


Basi Uyu Zomumanga Palibe Coz Kenako Timva Kuti Ndalamaso Sanabe


Where is that mouth full Mother of PP who stood up at the one rally saying that he knows the people who shot Mphwiyo before Police investigation was set, she needs to show up at the court now.


asa you think peolpe can just be mentioned and court and will just pre them giulty ? this man should just go hero with his storys without evidence !!!!!!!!


For how long are we going to hear this? Give us a break tatopa ndikumva same old stories. Who are they to be feared all this time and yet we are recorded on world map to be the poorest? Kumangogawana ndalama and the country is deteiriating, are you happy to be called poor and yet we have all the resources? Mob justice basi thats the only solution!


Tatova hearing these nonsenses. Why all this time, repeating the same old song? What is holding you to detain them?

Mxi mxi mxi

max ajida

I have no trust that our court can put mafia Lutepo behind the bars. With such loot , he’ll buy his freedom. The tactics he is using now has helped a lot of people not to be in prison. We told he isn’t mentally fit to stand in court is just a lie. Long at last will be told he is he can’t go to jail. Jail is for the poor people. Lutepo is a powerful and dangerous mafia.


eeeeeh?next thing timva kut sanabe ndalama za boma dziko lanfat likulowera kut


At the end of the prosecution case Kasambara.kumwembe.lutepo will have a case to answer and will have to enter into defence. If you think Kasambara was saying JB. BJ and Elias would be his witnesses for nothing then just wait and see the direction this case will take. We have 15million people and why did Mphwiyo mention the trio to be among his assiliants. Kasambara will not escape this time around and no judge will accept to be bought as the case has international focus. The prosecution.made it.

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