Lutepo sentencing postponed: Malawi cashgate convict could face 10 years jail term

The High Court in Zomba has postponed the sentencing of convicted businessman and chief cashgate defendant Oswald Lutepo until Monday August 3.

 Lutepo speaks with his lawyer Oswald Mtupila at High Court in Zomba

Lutepo speaks with his lawyer Oswald Mtupila at High Court in Zomba

Lutepo: Sentencing postponed

Lutepo: Sentencing postponed

Lutepo, who was convicted on his own plea of guilty on charges of conspiracy to defraud government and money laundering of K4.2 billion ($9.3 million) between April and September 2013, was due for sentencing on Thursday and appeared in court on wheel chair only to have State applying for postponement on confiscation and pecuniary orders and sentence hearing.

Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachali argued that it could not go ahead with the order because, among others, there were wide discrepancies on the value of assets which Lutepo declared.

She submitted to court that Lutepo’s Woget Industries was valued at K1 427 000 000.00 but the defence while the State put it at K292 585 250.00.

Lutepo’s lawyer Oswald Mtupila asked the court not to proceed with the sentence arguing that confiscation order has a bearing on the sentencing.

The businessperson-cum-politician risks losing assets of his companies, among them, International Procurement Services, O and G Construction Limited, Woget Cotton Ginning which is undergoing bankruptcy proceedings and Naming’omba Tea Estates.

Money laundering attracts a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment and K2 million ($4 444) fine while conspiracy to defraud government attracts an imprisonment sentence of three years, according to Section 323 of the Penal Code.

Lutepo is the seventh person to be convicted on Cashgate related charges since trials began in February 2014, but the highest sentence imposed for money laundering has so far been seven years the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court imposed on civil servant Victor Sithole.

Presiding Judge Redson Kapindu then adjourned the case to August 3 2015 to make a ruling on the submissions which will then determine whether to postpone the confiscation order or not and sentencing.

Lutepo has led a flamboyant lifestyle on the back of the despicable cashgate crimes which have caused so much misery up and down the country.

 

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Changaputwa
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Yemwe ikumunkhuza nkhani ya Cashgate amangidwe basis. Ife chomwe tikufuna ndi chulungamo chioneke. Nanga vice President mumutani pakuti nayeso zukhala ngt anali limodz. ???????

joseph mkasa
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Vimangeni vikagwire jere malipilo vinadya kale ivo

Joe William
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a police ndye onyamula mkulu ameneyu

Mngoni
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Nanga jb mungomusiyasiya mwangomanga mtumbuka yekha basi. 0k aziwa ndiambuye

Chilungamo chiziwike
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oky! tamalawi tamva chigamulo

george
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lutepo oswald has done alot of injuries to the economy of the country and social well being of an average or poor malawian.he deserves stiffer punishment

Steve
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The Punshment Is Very Small Than Scandal

el- Chapo(small in stature. big in mind )
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el- Chapo(small in stature. big in mind )

Ten years for stealing billions koma wokuba Nkhuku zaka five. This world is very cruel and unjust.

nkasimunguya chinankasanganye
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nkasimunguya chinankasanganye

Apolice asakhale akapolo anu omanyamula wheel chair yako ngat ndiwedi olumala.

Linda
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Lutepoyu ndeee wangolasatu, Mtupila yi lawyer wakeyu. Naye uyuuu akaona ndalama za anthu okufa, amagona ndi akazi osiyidwawo. Mkutapa nso. Ndeee Ma Cash Gate critical. Mutu wako Oswald

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