Lutepo will still face trial on Malawi cashgate: Has ‘anxiety disorder’ 

Malawi’s chief Cashgate suspect, Oswald Lutepo, will still face trial in multiple criminal charges at different courts despite not being fit and well as doctor’s examination report seen by Nyasa Times has no reference to his fitness for trial.

Lutepo:   Chief suspect in cashgate admitted wrong doing and will sill get his justice

Lutepo: Chief suspect in cashgate admitted wrong doing and will sill get his justice

The 37-year-old businessman  is  accused of a myriad of crimes that include stealing billions of poor taxpayers’ money; laundering a couple of billions more; conspiracy to murder a former budget director as well as lying under oath in court otherwise known as perjury.

He admitted publicly thorough the media his wrong-doing in the Cashgate and has been in and out of hospital since last year.

Justice Michael Mtambo, when he presided the conspiracy to commit murder charge, had ordered that the case would continue regardless of Lutepo’s fitness to stand trial.

His lawyer Osward Mtupila claimed Lutepo has been certified medically not fit for trial.

However, Nyasa Times sources in the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) say the report by Dr Jonathan Ngoma of Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe who examined Lutepo on February 4 2015; there is no reference to his fitness for trial.

“Lutepo was never paralysed as has been widely reported. All he has is anxiety disorder and panic attacks from time to time,” said the source, citing the medical report.

The source said several medical tests and investigations indicate that all the tests done to him were “normal.”

“He had a psychiatric assessment which confirmed a diagnosis of Anxiety Disorder and panic attacks.
He was discharged on Fluoxetine 20 mg daily,” the source quotes the medical report to be submitted to court.

Lutepo has been undergoing mental observation at St. John of God Psychiatric Hospital.

“A psychiatric assessment has been done and it confirms the earlier diagnosis made. He is being discharged on diazepam 5 mg at night and fluoxetine,” a medical report cited by the source reportedly reads.

One of the lawyers in the Justice Ministry chambers said “sickness should not afford protection to people who committed very serious crimes such as defrauding the public coffers.”

He added: “To let them walk away because they are not fit and well means they would get away with it.”

The lawyer said it’s imperative to try even ailing cashgate suspects in order to prevent future atrocities.

Lutepo is linked to the Cashgate from 2005 and face charges  including theft and money laundering of K3.1 billion (US$6 .9 million) at the High Court in Zomba, theft and money laundering of K5.7 billion alongside former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara and others at the High Court in Zomba.

He is also facing Perjury charges at the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court, Conspiracy to commit murder before the High Court in Lilongwe and tax evasion at the same court.

Malawi government is investigating the disappearance of about K22 billion from 2012 to 2014, and there is also an outcry to probe the K92 billion during the rule of former president Bingu wa Mutharika, from 2005 to 2012

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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23 thoughts on “Lutepo will still face trial on Malawi cashgate: Has ‘anxiety disorder’ ”

  1. chimuponho says:

    akutichedwesa uyu

  2. tozer tsono says:

    Malawi prosecution needs to seek help from the international organizations for private attorneys and even judges for speedy trials. Time is of the essence.

  3. tozer tsono says:

    Malawi prosecution needs to seek help from the international organizations for private attorneys and even judges for speedy trials. Time is of the essence, as someone has pointed out, Muluzi’s case is ongoing at a hefty cost to Malawians. Muluzi may come back to sue and win

  4. the northern speech says:

    Malawi

  5. It will be very unfair if Lutepo goes free.Muluzi has been cheating Malawian that he is sick tulo bwanji amalawi

  6. The Patriot says:

    Amangidwe basi!!

  7. gaba says:

    zamuvuta lutepo atani mwana yekhayekha mchipeta ichi

  8. zingati zanu says:

    Speed up the trial before they commit suicide. Wakuba ameneyu. Kapena zanu ndi zingati kodi?

  9. za uku ndi uku says:

    A Lutepo kachenji sikanatsalepo kodi? Anzanufe maluzi.. Komanso pali agogo anga amatha mankhwala achikuda akhoza kukuthandizani Biggy..

  10. lamulo ligwire ntchito apa…..no mercy

  11. Hebrews says:

    Let them pay back the money as others have done so that we should be using the money while they are delaying with their drama. Its good that the prosecution will proceed but after confessing that he stole, we were expecting him to pay back some of the money he personally took!

  12. MBACHI says:

    Hang him. He should be hanged.

  13. WINB says:

    kod wamisala akapha mnzake zimayenda bwa????
    ndithandizen achilamulo, am blank.

    1. Kkkkkkkkk wamisala ndani kodi yakukhuza cashgate eee kabweze misonkho ya a malawi imeneyo

  14. jijo soko says:

    Mmene ankaba samadwala bwanj?????????????

  15. Maximus Decimus Meridius says:

    Malawi needs a Julius Malema. But the wanna be Julius Malema’s, the likes of Chizal Mkandawire are busy ass licking, if he wasn’t trying to chop Bingu’s money from Duwala. These high level thieves need to be sorted out. Abwenze!

  16. Hoitty says:

    we will not forget 92 bn of DPP and 1.2 bn stolen by Muluzi. Donours should put these two as condition for aid resumption

    1. We should also include money for presidential jet back,amai should come home to stay with us to see what she left at capital him why hiding abroad. Kkkkkk it is good begging musave chisoni it is our taxes there are no matope in government whenever someones leaves offices kkkkkkkkkk. Bravo judiciary & police agwileni ,alandeni

      1. Wodala says:

        A Makwama mudzingolemba mchi Chichewa chifukwa chizungu chanu nde ngozitu

  17. grinzo50 says:

    chitani zomwezo kumanso osayiwala Che Bakili Muluzi chifukwa naye mulandu wake wakhalitsa.

  18. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Please , we need an audit report for the MK92 billion as well.

    1. Kkkk I agreee ur requst but I thanks Bingu administration for the good things bringing malawi to a better e•g building embassy house in Addi Sababa buying an presidential for malawian leaders to construction of roads,buildings. Unlike jB her achievement Selling presidential jet inorder to use herself abroad privately ,cashgate scandal at capital hill

  19. Swiswiri Mbewa says:

    So sickness will not grant Lutepo and other criminal suspects reprieve?

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