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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32 thoughts on “Lutepo pleads not guilty to Mphwiyo shooting in Malawi ‘cashgate’ ”

  1. WHAT ABOUT THE CAR YOU BOUGHT, DID TRANSACTIONS WENT IN GOOD FAITH, TAKE CARE OF THAT. THINK TWICE. MONEY IS MONEY.

  2. Yankees says:

    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!?!::.

  3. Wakulu says:

    Basi Uyu Zomumanga Palibe Coz Kenako Timva Kuti Ndalamaso Sanabe

  4. Peter says:

    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.

  5. devido says:

    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 !!!!!!!!

  6. monkeybay says:

    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!

  7. mapeyala says:

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

    Mxi mxi mxi

  8. max ajida says:

    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.

  9. Salabada says:

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

  10. Evidence says:

    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.

  11. senior says:

    Mob justice needs to be implement coz justice in courts mulibe

  12. Hastings says:

    Shocked!!!! If indigenous Malawians are stealing then bora Bisnowaty, Mwenyes, Colonialist and Chinese…kekekeke

  13. Bob says:

    If phwiyo himself don’t know who actually shot him. His gateman don’t recognise anyone. Then so what? Umboni its important. Its like enanu yoy say Peter Boma lamukanika JB akuthawa cashgate ,Bakili wachira maDisk because of so and so. Gentle malawians don’t rush to make stupid comments before touch have real evidence

  14. Mfune says:

    Iwenso nawe nyamalikiti JB anayamba kale limodzi ndi Bingu muboma osati pompano ai so ngati bingu anaba ndiye kuti JB zimukhunsanso osakaika.
    Musanayambe mwacomment ziyambani mwakhala ndi mfundo zenizeni osati zinazi zaziiiii

  15. Mbanangwa says:

    How much will you cough for Ralph Kasambara? We can curse, justify our reasons for whatever facts we would imagine. By the end of the day, you got no facts. You will end up paying the Kasambara guys for defamation. Law is about facts and proving your facts right, a thing the government is failing to prove.

  16. Hoitty says:

    Ndinadziwa kuti nkhani ikhala 2lines kwinako the usual copy and paste. Cashgate is the looting of public funds bla bla bla

  17. Professional Journalist says:

    Malawians listen, Cashgate started during Bakili Muluzi days. Some of you who are commenting are young and you do not know how people used to steal.

    The first “cashagate” was in 1998 in the Ministry of Education when K156 million was stole by Muluzi and his ministers. Muluzi ordered the then minister of Education Dr Cassim chilumpha to give contracts to UDF ministers and other UDF politician contracts to raise money for the 1999 campaign. Malewezi know the story. Like this cashgate, the people pocketed the money, but did not the work. Chilumpha signed off the contracts. In fact, his girlfriend was one of the beneficiaries.

    Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee Situtsi Nkhoma briefed parliament about the theft. So when you talk of cashgate, it started in the 1990’s during Muluzi government. Muluzi himself was stealing money.

    This country WILL NEVER DEVELOP AS LONG AS MALAWIANS ELECT THEIVES. TAKE THIS AS A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD. IF YOU DO NOT LISTEN THIS IS THEEND RESULT.

  18. nyamalikiti says:

    Iwe Liu ndiye Chule omaliza kwa a chule onse. You know that cashgate started in 2005. Was JB the president?.Lutepo bought Chloride batteries, Naming’omba, Woget and spare parts business. Was JB there? When DPP stole K92billion in 2010, was JB there?.

    Osamangokhala chete ngati ulibe nzeru bwanji. Onse okuba apa ndi a DPP. JB came to reveal what Mulli and.company were doing for the then 7 years.

  19. cashgate started in 2005?what meaneth thou?stealing of govt monies started long long ago during the colonial era,kamuzus era,Muluzis era,Bingus era but was not cashgate.Cashgate only happened between July 2012-september 2013,unless one has a different meaning of cashgate ARGUMENT!!

  20. Captain Romeo says:

    Ngakhale Kasambala ndi anzake atapulumuka pa mlanduwu , ungasowe ndi umboni chabe , koma aliyense akuziwa kuti anapangadi . Vuto ndi mayi uja , mbava yayikazi yathawayi yomwe inamusakha pa udind , zosauka ndinthu

  21. liu says:

    Lutepo you are an adventist and please for Gods sake admit if you played a part in the shooting. you will be haunted for sure. the admission on cashgate was rhe right decision and it helped ofload a heavy load on your heart. If Joyce benefited from this money in the name of christ let her be punished in this world. she should not see peace but be tormented.

  22. MBACHI says:

    He should be hanged. Many people died in hospitals because there were no medicines. Lupeto took all the money for medicines. Once again he should be hanged otherwise……….

  23. mkaaji wakweli. says:

    koma nkhani Uzi!!!!!! MNM!!! ukaziputa limba!!!!!

  24. tuvitwana says:

    BINGU STARTED ALL THIT, MAY HE CONTINUE rotting AS HE ALREADY DID B4 BURIAL. MLOMWE WAKUBA THAT ONE, SHUPIT

  25. Mbava zenizeni zimenezi. Zidakakhala kuti sizidapite ku sukulu zikakhala robbers.

  26. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    That’s a good way of reporting , CASH GATE STARTED IN 2005.
    We are still waiting for the cash gate audit report from 2005 to 2012 failing which don’t expect budget from donors.

  27. Dr Mtumbo wapsa says:

    A Phwiyo dzipolopolozo mukhala nazo choncho ngati chilango chakwa Mulungu

  28. bongozozo says:

    Not guilty indeed…

  29. Dr Mtumbo wapsa says:

    I wish these thugs dead. How many people died from curable diseases but lost their dear lives because the government failed to buy medicine, ndalama atatenga Lutepo et al. Ma nsetete anu mwamva

  30. Andrew tandwe says:

    I was in count to day nkhani zake zovuta balibe amene angamange mphiyo ngopenga

  31. MADALA says:

    AKUBA INU SIMUNGANGOZIPEREKA NOKHA MUKALOWE MUKUTITHERA / KUTITAYIRA NTHAWI NDI NDALAMA ZOCHEPA NKALENKALE

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