Lutepo writes from prison on Malawi economy

An excerpt from ‘My way of writing’ a soon to be launched book written by ‘cashgate’ prisoner  Osward Lutepo.

“On the economic challenges and proposed turn around strategies for Malawi”

Following the withdrawal of aid by Malawi’s major donors due to the cash gate revelations and poor harvests that have been rocking this country in recent years, the country’s economy has continuously been nose diving that it is no hidden fact that currently our economy is in a very bad state, a situation that calls for urgent intervention to avoid an imminent economic catastrophe such as hyper inflation from hammering the country’s already fragile economy.

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An economy that is sick is characterised by a decline in the quality and efficiency of public services, an increase in unemployment rate, an increase in business scale down, increase in poverty levels, increase in crime rate, and increase in illiteracy levels and above all the absence of buying power which are all manifesting in our country today.

First of all let me thank the current leadership for openly inviting all those that may have solutions to the current economic challenges to come forward and contribute so that an economic turnaround can be experienced.  As a matter of fact this is no time for wasting time with unproductive criticism rather it is time for those with positive and progressive developmental ideas to come forward with their proposed solutions which if engaged could help in positively turning round the economy of this country.

 

Economic turnaround comes in three approaches:

  • Short term approach
  • Medium term approach
  • Long term approach

Because our economy is in critical condition and in dire need of urgent solutions we need to employ the short term approach in order to resuscitate it and there after employ the medium term approach and eventually employ the long term approach.

We all know that our economy is agro based and any challenges big or small in the agriculture sector are likely to cause devastating shock waves in our already fragile economy therefore proper taming of our agriculture sector is key to our economic turnaround with little or no support from donors.

Currently when we talk of agriculture, mostly we refer to rain fed farming activities since most farming areas are located up land far from surface water like streams, rivers, water reservoirs and lakes rendering them hard or impossible to irrigate as a result reliance is on rainfall a situation that does not guarantee bumper yields due to the erratic rainfall patterns that the country experience often times.

Even if we are to enhance irrigation activities in all areas that are advantaged to be irrigated the benefit cannot be that significant to completely turnaround the economy though it is still important to enhance irrigation farming in all the areas that have easy access to surface water since it still is a step in the right direction like the green belt initiative.

Since there are no other cheaper means that can be employed to turn the economy around quickly apart from agriculture the best is to look at how best can we approach agriculture so that it can be rewarding to an extent that the country should experience an economic turnaround.

One thing for sure is that there is a lot of underground water that can be tapped through shallow wells system and use the water for irrigation in most upland areas.

This shallow well system of irrigation is no new idea at all as even the Egyptians have used it in their shadoof Irrigation systems which are still in use in other parts of the world. If every farm land is to have its own well then every farmer will be able to farm crops twice or three times in a year even if it were to be on one acre or two acres of land for sure the economy can turn around much quickly than expected.

If the dream of one of the former leaders of turning Malawi from an importing nation to an exporting nation are to be realized then “the well a farm” strategy should be quickly adopted otherwise our dream for a robust economy can be just wishful thinking”.

This well irrigation system is the short to medium term strategy since some wells may not survive in the long term but can still be a solution while government is working on other long-term irrigation systems that would require heavy investment costs. The advantage of wells are that once the spot where water is closer to the surface has been identified they are cheaper and faster to dig as a result irrigation farming can commence soon after completion of boring the well and within three to four months positive results would start to manifest themselves. These wells can in the medium term be supported with rain water harvest mechanisms and in the long term proper irrigation system that would take water upland from reliable water sources. The two or three times a year cropping or farming system would enable farmers to generate income throughout   the year thereby increasing their  buying power , reducing the poverty levels as well as illiteracy levels  and reduced crime rates.

Buying power on the part of farmers is created through income generated from farm proceeds and the increase in farming activities due to the well irrigation system would lead to an increase in agriculture produce yields throughout the year a situation that would encourage the mushrooming of many agro based industries that would provide employment to many thereby helping to reduce unemployment, and because of the abundance of produce in the rural areas most agro based industries will establish themselves in the rural areas thereby boosting rural infrastructure development as well as help in the reduction of the rural urban migration and on top of that through their various activities help in boosting domestic tax revenues as well.

In addition to that it would also lead to increased production of import substitute products which will help in large savings of forex expenditure as well as increased exports that would lead to an increase in forex generation.

Talking of import substitutes Malawi as a country imports a lot of petrol and diesel and through massive farming of sugarcane Malawi would end up relying more on ethanol fuel and experience reduced imports of petrol and savings in forex spent on petrol imports.

Massive growing of oil bearing seeds like Soya, sunflower, ground nuts, cotton, and many others would help in production of the much needed biodiesel to be used in the diesel powered vehicles and help reduce imports of diesel this would go a long way to save forex spent on the importation of diesel.

At the same time farmers would have a reliable and steady market for their sugarcane as well as for the oil bearing seeds meaning that farmers will be generating income continuously hence the automatic increase in buying power.

To produce biodiesel and ethanol, processing industries will have to be established either through public private partnerships or privately owned companies or through statutory corporations whichever way creation of employment will be guaranteed as well. In the process of producing the bio fuels by-products like the de-oiled high protein cakes besides being used locally for various uses like stock feed and human food in the form of soya cakes and Chiponde, most of it would be exported to generate the much needed forex that the country needs. In addition to that increased production of oil bearing seeds would help in reducing the volumes of imported cooking oil and also save on forex spent on importing cooking oil.

What people should know is that by exporting unprocessed produce we are helping to create employment in the countries where the various unprocessed produce are being exported to and creating pressure on your forex demand since you have to import back the finished products from the same raw produce you had earlier on exported.

Most oil producing countries are economically stable and if we resort to producing our own bio-fuels our economy will become stable because the money that is taken out to bring in fuels will be circulating within the country. As such unemployment rate will reduce tremendously in the process reducing poverty and all challenges that come along with it.

With buying power increased through income generated from the various farming activities and earnings from employees of the various agro-based industries, both domestic as well as import duty tax revenues would increase making the government much more liquid to enable it to efficiently and sufficiently execute public services delivery.

Government will be more liquid just because with the increase in income generation and the abundance of foreign currency, demand for both local goods where government collect excise and value added taxes as well as demand for import goods where government collect import duty taxes and excises will increase as well.

On top of that government as a way of motivating its citizens to be ensuring that most of their purchases are accompanied with tax receipts, can introduce a VAT percentage claim on every VAT that they have paid in the process of buying their consumer goods because government can only account for the money which has been recorded to have been collected and not the money that has not been collected.

Most Malawians are not interested in seeing that government gets its share from the money that they have paid for so the tax incentive in the form of them claiming back a percentage of the VAT paid on their tax receipt would go a long way in ensuring that they insist on being issued with a tax receipt upon their purchase of consumer goods.

Currently government is losing a lot of tax revenues through failure of consumers insisting on being issued with tax receipts as a result the onus to declare how much should be paid as VAT solely relies on the trader who can decide to evade the payment of the VATs through under declaration of sales.

For this to be achieved government should come up with a policy to ensure that most vehicles in the country should be running on the bio fuels and this would lead to an automatic demand for oil bearing seeds to meet the volumes of seeds required to produce sufficient fuels.

In short we are saying that with the well irrigation system poverty levels are going to be greatly reduced since income is going to be generated almost throughout the year, and with the availability of money illiteracy levels are going to be heavily reduced since most people will be able to afford to pay for their children’s education costs, and with reduced poverty levels and increased literacy levels crime rate is going to be tremendously reduced in the process reducing congestion levels in prisons especially on poverty related crimes and ignorance related crimes.

The fact to note is that if care is not taken “crime breeds crime” owing to the fact that if a parent or guardian gets incarcerated in prison what becomes of the sons, and daughters and wives of the convict if their lives were solely reliant on the convicted person? Sons stand higher chances of becoming potential criminals due to being school drop outs and daughters and wives could easily end up being potential prostitutes due to lack of financial support for basic needs and lead to the spreading of deadly diseases to society a situation that leads to more orphans and widowed spouses which lead to the prevalence of street kids, school drop outs and the vicious circle continues.

So the solution to all these problems is to nip the genesis of all these challenges in the bud by introducing the well irrigation farming system so that wealth to the people can be achieved. When people have wealth the government will have wealth but if a country is full of poor people its government also runs on empty coffers because there is nowhere else to collect revenues in terms of tax revenues from. A country with poor people is like a thin cow where milk production is almost zero. So the best way to trigger the economic rebound is to come up with various income generating strategies and cost cutting strategies.

The well irrigation system happens to be one of the many available income generating strategies as it has been elaborated above while amongst many   one of the cost cutting strategies is the proper utilization of prisoners. When government has no funds infrastructure development stalls, yet with proper utilization of prisoners many projects can be done at a reduced cost rather than relying on hiring private contractors who would demand a lot of money which is even not there to do similar works and because of the bad economic situation many projects have either stalled or have not even commenced. Government would use the prisoners to carry out most works at a reduced cost and these reduced cost would go a long way to prepare the prisoners for a reformed life after prison since it is not good to take back a desperate person and an unreformed person to the free world from prison just because of lack of resources at the end of their term.

While our efforts are geared towards economic turnaround strategies, we should also not forget to work on the environmental issues as one way of restoring the lost natural resources through the make Malawi green campaign. Tree planting exercises should not just be symbolic but serious business whereby real and proper accurate statistics of the actual number of trees planted that year should be taken into account.

On top of that proper systems should be put in place to access the survival rate of the trees planted and other environment protection measures, successes and failures.

One of the known factors that have led to deforestation is the burning of charcoal for cooking fire. Efforts to combat this challenge are always futile due to the absence of cheaper alternatives to charcoal. The problem is that little effort has been done to research alternative cheaper sources such as production of gas from assorted manure including human manure for production of cooking gas and the remaining manure after extraction of gas and electricity could be used in the farms as organic fertilizer in the form of manure. The make Malawi green campaign would entail the pumping of water from lakes, rivers and perennial streams to dry up lands for irrigation and aforestation programmes.

As an ambassador against crime and corruption and as an advocate for the rights of the vulnerable l strongly feel that the continued  decline of the economy  has a direct link with the increase in crime and corruption  which  l have dedicated  myself to fight .

By  rights of the vulnerable  my focus is on the underprivileged such  as the homeless, street kids, wives and sons and daughters of convicts  who are incarcerated in prisons  and orphaned children  because the  absence  of  care for these   underprivileged  groups  is  a potential  breeding ground  for the  crime  and corruption  as well  as  diseases.

The problem with most Malawian is the pull him down syndrome and laziness. Most Malawians have developed a tendency of heavily relying on free things and hand outs. Let us learn to work hard and desist from the handouts behaviours as they are retrogressive to development efforts. We should also learn to support each other and not to derail each other. Malawians should stop the spirit of what is in it for me first then I can propel the program or project and if there is nothing for me then nothing happens.

Another problem with most Malawian is that we like hiding information from those that could have benefited from it. We also like to suppress each other’s progress under the disguise of lack of capacity yet we all know that capacity can be built and in the process favouring foreign individuals and companies at the expense of the locals especially when it comes to the awarding of government contracts. Malawians are the only people who celebrate the failures of their fellow citizens and pride in the success of foreigners instead of sympathising and praying for them. Malawi is a country that talks of being a God fearing nation with little or nothing that is walked in line with the talk. Its only when we change that we can move Malawi forward. We can eradicate hunger, disease and envy by being truly God fearing and genuinely loving as well as hardworking people.

lf Malawians are to be motivated  into hard working  people , the  well  irrigation system  of farming  will  be a success as it is labour intensive  since  it requires drawing water  manually  from the well  and carry them to the area  where  watering  of the crops  will be done  but as time goes by through  income generated  from  the farming proceeds  solar powered  irrigation  pumps and tanks , and pipes  could be acquired  by the farmers  and help  to reduced  labour  demand  and  a greater   savings  on  time spent to irrigate  the farm lands and also would go a long way to increase the area of land to be irrigated hence an increase in production.

It is my prayer that the relevant authorities would take these proposals seriously  and scrutinize them as this would help to motivate  and  encourage farmers  to adopt the well irrigation farming system so that most farmers  can have opportunities to practice two to three cropping sessions in a year  and enjoy  the benefit  of earning  income two to three  times  in a year as opposed  to once  a year  as is the case now .

The  well irrigation system would also  come  in a handy in times  of dry spells and  offer a guarantee  for  bumper harvests  throughout  the year .

Together we can make Malawi a better place to live in.

  • The author Osward Lutepo is serving an 11-year sentence after he was convicted for conspiracy to defraud the government and money laundering K4.2 billion in 2013.
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67 thoughts on “Lutepo writes from prison on Malawi economy”

  1. Christopher Chinkwita says:

    Well said Oswald, blessed are those that fall and have the courage to stand up and move on….!

  2. Crespo says:

    well said Mr blessed are those when they fall they have courage to stand and move on. bravo OL

  3. Nyozen says:

    “amene sanachimwepo akhoza kumponya miyala munthuyu” Remember only small fishes never survive amid whales,No matter how you can swear or insult this fellow Malawian, nothing will change. A sign post can take where it has never been! How many foreigners are duping malawians? Many but you never see a Nyasalander going to claim His and Her share. Lutepo Steal many Billions, but can I go to Lutepo to claim my Share,How and hoe much? Lets mark his words and move on.I hope a person with bad breath, doesn’t make him or her a bad speaker.

  4. Jungle says:

    Rubbish!!!

  5. kkilembe says:

    Words fail me. These are the crooks who are the sole cause of why Malawi is where it is. This man is mocking all hard working honest Malawians. Malawi is a failed state for sure

  6. wa malawi says:

    Stupid Lutepo one of messiest guy is You. fuck you .Mr President dont have thouhts of pardoning him,

  7. EPIGLOTIS says:

    Paja anthu akakhala ku ndende kuchuluka nzeru. Iwe ndiye bwenzi utatibela zonse zija ukanakhala ndi nzeru.

  8. jiyan says:

    chitsilu

  9. Lion Heart says:

    So you are trying to take back your dignity by writing the obvious. We already know those issues but we can’t achieve them with people like you in strategic positions. what is even more funny about your article is that you haven’t tackled the issue of corruption which you knew was suicidal to your article. This is a joke! chitsilu

  10. jiyan says:

    Hahahaha!

    So you want to tell us that if irrigation is implemented in the lakeshore districts, the yields cannot be enough for the whole country? Lake Malawi is covering how many districts?

    Shallow wells or whatever it will be another cashgate.

    Go to Salima or Nkhotakota you will find a borehore just 300metres from the lake, does that make sense? My grandpa, used Khasu for farming, my dad used khasu for farming, why should I use the same khasu after 50years of independence? lol! shame

  11. Nabetha says:

    This is an article full of real basic wisdom and may not be common to many of us!! Please stop pretending that you have never messed up, in some way, in life. You either love this or hate it and continue to queue for food until the rain gets normal / or until doom ‘s day.

  12. Thom banda says:

    Mmmh shame

  13. Sam says:

    That’s true Malawi depends on agriculture , if government and private sector could join hands our economy could turn around. But many people will doubt Mr Lutepo message as he is one people who defrauded government

  14. mtochi says:

    Stupid Lutepo.This country is poor not because we fail to farm no. It’s because we have bad apples in the government like you. What a Merciless creature you are. Now that you are in prison you seem to care about your country nonsense fool. I can’t even buy your book even if you sold it at k1.

  15. Wako wako says:

    This article in an afterthought of a true son of Malawi who even having failed himself is not happy to see the country go to waste when he can ably propose tangible ideas to turn around the economy. come to think of it thief or no thief as others have branded him. if his ideas are employed how much maize sorghum and other cereals can we have harvested in a year ? you will surely see that there is wisdom in what he is saying if your eyes can see beyond his sin. Malawi needs such ideas to be turned around and be the pride of Africa again. Lets those in government and even individually take a responsibility and drill the wells and see how God will reward our hardwork by the end of the day. you would remember when you have finally harvested if you will that this wisdom was shared by a prisoner . one Osward Lutepo

  16. ndulu says:

    Double stupid, a kangaroo

  17. Pwiya wa Pwiya says:

    How can a prisoner have all this time? If some prisoners even fail to send a letter to their relatives, some are able to publish while in prison. Nonsense…… he had to be given life imprisonment.

  18. popapo says:

    i see some valid points on the well farming, imagine in Karonga in rice field, once it stops raining for a week the crop starts wilting yet the water table is just less than half meter. why not dig a well and water the rice in bands. Good suggestion and stay well and if you need some stationery please do not hesitate to contact me if you are able to.

  19. yandula says:

    Wauponda mbabva iwe! When you were high, wouldn’t you have turned the billions you stole into usefulness towards DEVELOPING OUR NATION! Pull down syndrone is haunting you now?

  20. Masozi Mwenifumbo says:

    Good article Brother Lutepo and God bless you so much! This agrees with what God sent Prophet TB Joshua to tell Africa, especially in this Sub-Saharan Region, that part of the solution to the erratic rains problem is making of dams/wells and doing irrigation farming! I HOPE MALAWI AS A NATION WILL THIS TIME TAKE THUS ADVICE ACTIVELY-SERIOUS, AND IMPLEMENT IT IMMEDIATELY!!! ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. Now to my fellow Malawians, let us remember that we were all born sinners, and we who are indeed saved have been saved SIMPLY BY FAITH THROUGH GOD’S GRACE THROUGH HIS SON JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR, THEREFORE IT IS ONLY WISE AND PRUDENT TO ALWAYS ENSURE WE FORGIVE OTHERS WHO HAVE SINNED AGAINST us INDIVIDUALLY AND AS A NATION/society etc, AND PRAY FOR THEM, AND BLESS THEM, SO THAT WHEN WE STAND PRAYING TO GOD FOR OUR OWN NEEDS AS WELL, OUR FATHER GOD IN HEAVEN SHOULD ALSO FORGIVE US, and give us and do to us as we ask Him. Remember how the Lord Himself commanded and taught to pray in Matthew 6:12, “And forgive us our debts, AS WE ALSO HAVE FORGIVEN OUR DEBTORS.” And He warned us in Verse 14 saying, “For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if YOU DO NOT FORGIVE OTHERS THEIR TRESPASSES, NEITHER WILL YOUR FATHER FORGIVE YOUR TRESPASSES!!!”…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………. I therefore, beseech you, Malawians, by the mercies of God, that people like Lutepo, who has actually already publicly confessed his ‘stealing/cashgate sins/crimes to the nation before God, that we should individually/personally (for our sake) forgive such one, and let the law take its course, even as God commands us in Galatians 6:1, “Brethren, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are SPIRITUAL should RESTORE such ONE IN THE SPIRIT OF GENTLENESS, LEST YOU TOO BE TEMPTED BY THE EVIL ONE!!!”………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  21. shosholoza says:

    You are welcome . Carry on.

  22. therere says:

    dont listen to this thief add another eleven years to him

  23. MMalawi Weniweni says:

    Where do you have a convicted prisoner writing articles for media?
    Let Lutepo just return the billions he store to resuscitate the economy.

  24. jiva says:

    so funny!!! is he may be just trying to make history or what? stupiddddd!!!!!

  25. beje says:

    DRAMA in Malawi never end kkkkkkkk

  26. Mphondo Zagadabuka says:

    Trying to be good to be pardoned! Galu wachabe chabe

  27. No nonsense says:

    Wise words from an expert in thievery… But guess what, by the time you’ll be out of tht place, you’ll be eleven yrs older.. Mxiiuuuh

  28. jaunky says:

    Inuyo amene mukunyoza mfundo za lutepozi mukufuna mukhale ngati simumaba? popeza simunagwidwe that`s why mukulankhula zachipongwe.To me Lutepo ngati mbadwa ya dziko lino,wanena zondigwira mtima zedi,problem ya a malawi mumasangalala nzanu akapezana ndi vuto malo moti mumukonde,mukuyiwala zoti nanunso mumakhalira kuba muma office anu mwayi simumagwidwa,komanso mukuyenera kudziwa kuti Yesu anabwelera anthu ochimwa ndi osaukawo,tiyene tikhale ndi chikondi kwa abale amene akumana ndi vuto chifukwa pamene munthu akuchimwa we should know that si iyeyo ayi koma choyipacho ndi chimene chinamubwelera,remember kuti munthu ndindani? komanso mulungu polenga munthu anamulenga ndi cholinga chanji? kumbukilani nthawi imene ambuye wanthu yesu Khristu akutumikira pa dziko lapansi,a certain group of people wanted to stone a woman who was a prostitute,what did Jesus said to this group? ” ngati alipo amene sanachimwepo atenge mwala namugende mzimayiyu” this was Jesus! now my advise to fellow Christians,musabwenzere choipa kwa choipa limeneli ndi khalidwe lathu mu ufumu wathu wa chiuta.

  29. Davie kholowa says:

    TOO LATE MY BROTHER

  30. zachep says:

    i suggest he is being used

  31. Benja says:

    Good ideas but ur too late.

  32. Why didnt you use these ‘ideas’ before you u stole our hard earned tax money

  33. Paka Bush says:

    Sorry, Lutepo and whoever posted the article……..I cant waste time reading this trash……Much as Lutepo didn’t have time to get rich through normal means….Zamkutu…!

  34. Dan says:

    I don’t see anything strange in what this guy Lutepo is saying. We pretty know about this since time in memorial. there are several better repots than this. the problem is good policies are just rotting in shelves at capital hill without implementation lack govt commitment and political will. busy calculating kuti ndisolole zingati. let’s change the mindset.

  35. UFULU says:

    Let us not condem one because he is a prisoner. Jesus Christ came to forgive and save. @Lutepo, a very excellent idea, inenso ndimaganiza zomwezo only that i am not a writer as you are, I encourage you , this should not be the last communication to this nation, we need wisdom like this. I hope the authorities have ears and they have heared without jelousy but approval. Mulungu mmau ake akuti adzaululira mzeru zozama kwa anthu onyozeka lero waulul a kwa cashgate prisoner. If I had access to the authorities I would have pleaded with my friends to consider slashing Lutepo’s sentence by at least 2 years.
    After all prison should not be a place of condemnation but rather a place of repentance and total change of life into a new direction and this should be acknowledged by all.
    Lutepo apa wandifikapo, a solution to Malawi’s poverty is Agriculture and Irrigation in particular no hiding.
    Peace be to us all!!!!

  36. ellias says:

    What is he trying to tell malawians, yet he is the one who stole billions? fotseki

  37. masa masina says:

    Just because Lutepo is a thief does not mean his ideas are also immoral. A lot of what he is suggesting are very good ideas that could make a difference to our economy and improve our human wellbeing as a country. The mistake is to throw away the babe with the bathwater.

  38. Nabetha says:

    Why were you stealing from Government instead of using the wisdom you are trying to propagate. Easily said than done. You could have been practical and teach the people by example. Some of us used to admire you when your businesses were being succesful and were greatly disaponted when we learnt that you were stealing from the Government. Malawi is poor today because of people like you. We have to avoid corruption first then our economy will pick up. Let us root out corruption first. Its people like you who are making Malawi poor and the sad part of it is that you are many.

  39. Only the Truth says:

    More fire Lutepo

  40. Patrick Fred says:

    Infact yes but Mr Lutepo;you must not forget that you are the supreme creator of all these.anthu adyera,ozikundikira while your fellow citizens are dying.

  41. He is big man destroying Jerusalem and renovate Jerusalem go on man ukuziwa ndiwe ndipo mwina it is Gods plan .

  42. I call him a big man….. With abig head as you see his photo…..he reminds moyo waufiti kuloza wekha kuchililtsanso wekha……anzeru amuone munthu uyu,….

  43. wonderfull says:

    Thats wonderful point taken and I hop the government will take not. and I cant wait to impriment ur point.may God bless you don’t worry soon your freedom is coming

  44. hope u hv learned through ur mistakes,God wll take cea of u,kp t up

  45. henz jan shaka says:

    GOD wll take of u lutepo,hp u hv lrnd through ur mistakes

  46. Spectator says:

    There is too much of hero worshiping thieves in Malawi. Ulindimwai unabadwira ku Malawi kunakakhala ku North Korea iwe unakakomana ndi Firing squad within 24 hours of your judgement day. Dziko lomvesa chisoni akuba kumawasekerera, kumawasasata muli uyu ndi dolo or dealer kapena chiomba, shatup zanu nonse

  47. Thako Lambeta says:

    Yah!, that’s agood one koma ulime kaye iweyo kumeneko chakudyya choti uzidya tikuona akupatse chitsime uzilima katatu ukunenako.

  48. angoni apaphata says:

    This article makes me sick. Since he is also talking of agriculture can the authorities give him a big hoe so that he can start farming in the prison gardens. Why did he not advise this to jb instead of being a good boy buying her buses and making cash donations from stolen money? Asatinyanse and nyasatimes please don’t give this man space. He is a traitor

  49. Mwai Mwangosi says:

    Yes we can as the articles reads but…….

    They is no way Malawi can achieve this as far as it is concerned. Firstly we need to understand the system of the government that we are operating in. Malawi representative democracy was misinterprated at the onset in 1993 where all Malawians were exited and they didn’t know that we had a mix of political consipiraters. We did not discuss fully as to what system we should use in the multiparty democracy. How come you have so many political parties and you adopt a unitary system of government, we lost touch as a result these are the reparcasions of what we adopted in 1993.

    The new Malawi to achieve what Lutepo has put forward;
    1. We need to have one economy and not three economies which have exploited Malawians (We need to control the Indian economy, China Economy and Malawian Economy which the Executive is a beneficiary to these three economies and they is high conspiracy among Executive members to have measures on that). A lot of good enter in the country through back doors without paying tax, because the beneficiary is Executive. Including Lutepo he had his clearing Agency used to bring in goods in Malawi that were escaping to be taxed. This man started crippling us long time ago, he was used as a conduit of syphoning money to some of politicians in the government. We have a tip that other MRA officers were harrased by Lutepo because they wanted him to pay tax on the goods he was clearing but he intimidated them to die if they follow him up.

    2. Malawi should adopt Biometric system which can facilitate and enhance governance system. I don’t understand why Malawians have people in the government with spirit of snakes, lies The National Statistical Office is at fault they give force data on how many Malawians. How can data be collected every 10 years? we are cheated by this office they use quadrant system of counting people in terms of population. We need to have concrete and true number of Malawians gessing will not help us in terms of planning.

    3. They should be serious measure to control birth in the Southern part of Malawi how come one person marry after having 4 or 2 children he can marry 10 times is he a factory of making children. We have an example in Blantyre where a certain man had 54 children do you think such kind of men in a community think. We need to reduce population which has more pressure on the economy.

    4. Malawians should not believe World Bank and IMF, these two institutions are very political, wicked and evil. I remember Dr. H. Kamuzu Banda was so wise to ignore their advice. Botswana is doing fine in Africa but they don’t believe in these institutions who want countries to bow before them.

    5. Malawi bank note should remove one zero to allow a K1,000 bank note to K100, this will help Malawi like our brother in Zambia and Mozambique. The Minister of Finance should have eagle eyes and rekindle our currency. He worked with World Bank as a Chief Adviser. He knows the politics of World Bank.

  50. Few good men says:

    DPP chotsani Goodal Gondwe ndi Chuka muona zinthu zisintha

  51. Nantchengwa says:

    Vuto a Malawi ndi umbuli you want to keep on crying over spilt milk instead of looking at how to make more milk. Inde anaba ndipo anavomeleza koma mmalo mongo khala and watch things get worse he decides to offer some advise in the absence of strategies walakwanso ndiye mukufuna chani?

    We all know kuti the government has got no clue what so ever to turn the economy around and yet we are bze kutukwana munthu amene akupeleka maganizo oti angathandize. Wake up amalawi

  52. Felix Phiri says:

    Wamisala anaona nkhondo. Lets listen to Lutepo. Nsanje tipanga mpakana liti guys. Nsanje in Government Nsanje in Banks Nsanje at work Nsanje in Church Nsanje mmabanja eish

  53. All-i-can-say says:

    As they say prison time is slow time, this is a good way of passing the time but for heavens sake stop preaching to people whose lives you have helped to destroyed. You are lucky you stole from stupid Malawians. Our laws should be changed to make your kind of crime punishable for life in prison with a minimum of 30 years.

    Who can listen to thieves like you. Kagwere uko!! Look at Malawi now? These guys did not bat an eyelid when they went about sharing what was not theirs and he thinks he has solutions to the very problem he helped to create. What an insult!! You should be looking over your shoulders Lutepo. You will not know what has hit you!!

  54. nyapala says:

    I will not be surprised if Lutepo comes out of prison with a Phd.

  55. This article is bloody loooong next time try to make it short and to the point.
    By the way if I were you I would concentrate upon serving my sentence–from the first place we’re in this mess because of you
    —and what the heck is going on here` I thought prisoners supposed not to have the access to the Internet? Inmates are not allowed internet access in Malawi

  56. KUKHALA says:

    GOOD ARTICLE BY THE CONVICT. THE IMPRISONMENT HAS GIVEN HIM AN OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN SOMETHING THEREIN PRISON AND SHARE IT WITH THE COMMUNITY. MR PRESIDENT APM LETS IMPLEMENT AS PER ARTICLE. IT IS FEASIBLE IN MALAWI SINCE WE HAVE WATER IN RIVERS, LAKES AND EVEN UNDERGROUND PLUS HARD WORKING LABOUR FORCE. JEALOUS DOWN THIS A GOOD CONTRIBUTION BY A MALAWIAN WHO IS CHANGING TO BECOME A HONEST CITIZEN.

  57. Kanyimbi says:

    Stupid thinking.So you think you have now come to your senses?

  58. MBUMBA says:

    DEAR MBAVA WAKUBA LUTEPO;
    HOW MUCH MONEY DID YOU
    PLUNDER/STEAL FROM THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI ???

    HOW MUCH MAIZE DID YOU.
    BUY FOR YOUR STARVING PEOPLE IN
    YOUR VILLAGE ???
    HOW MANY BOREHOLES DID
    YOU DRILL FOR YOUR PEOPLE
    IN YOUR AREA WITH THAT MONEY ???
    HOW MANY WIDDOWS OR
    WIDDOWERS DID YOU HELP
    WITH THAT MONEY ???
    THE MONEY YOU PLUNDERED
    AND SPENT ON WHORES
    WOULD HAVE ASSISTED OUR
    COUNTRY IN VARIOUS DEVELOPMENTAL ASPECTS.

    THANK GOD YOU ARE
    STILL ALIVE OTHERWISE
    YOU WOULD HAVE DIED
    WITHOUT REPENTING.

  59. Sapitwa says:

    Can’t agree more. On irrigation, this country can expand on drilling boreholes for solar powered irrigation just like they have drilled many boreholes for drinking water.
    Why build stadiums when the money could produce over 50 boreholes? We need to plan our priorities right.

    Fully agree on biomass. We also need to energize our efforts on this. We also have solar stoves which Malawians can use during the day.
    Fully agree on commercializing the prison services. The prison should be a behaviour correcting place. For all carpentry, painting, motor vehicle mechanics repairs, welding etc required in government departments can be done by prisoners at a reduced fee charged by the prisons. This money could In turn provide for two meals a day and other amenities.
    This is the sort of thinking we need to encourage the government to act instead of just crying without doing anything productive.

  60. Mapwevupwevu says:

    Fuck him!

  61. vetran says:

    mesa ndinu amene mwagwetsa dziko nde mutiwuza chani cha zelu ta ma geba tikuvutika economy chifukwa cha inu mbava

  62. john Blue says:

    Where were you when joyce banda ws swindling money during her tym of office?why didn’t you have had tym to write your views?you are just a monkey.keep on serving and nxt tym write ur xperience in prison

  63. The Analyst says:

    O…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O
    Nyasatimes, you could have just summarised or highlighted the book or writing and provide a link to word or pdf download of the same.
    Otherwise, its unfair for one to expects to read a story; only to be greeted by this palaver of a writing.

    Also, Lutepo is as foolish as a fool and as idiotic as an idiot, to think that he can destroy or bring down some family’s house in anger or envy and come again to offer advice on how the house can be rebuilt. And expect the family to give him an ear and take the advice on board.
    He is one of the people busy thieving government’s money and left this hollow hole; which this useless government is failing to fill up; and today he comes up with advice on how to revamp the conomy, so as to appear wiser? Ha! Laughable!

    If Lutepo has alot of time to do a lot of nothing in jail (which we know he has), he can do us more justice writing down the nitty-gritties and other finer details of cashgate or shutting his stinking mouth up; than writing this balderdash or whatever it is (for I havent read it all).

    It pains and hurts when such evil-hearted people as Lutepo want to appear to be good or wise, when the opposite is true! Mxxxxxxiiiiiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..O

  64. eeeed says:

    I am writting Government to realese Osward, and immediately. Be appointed as Agriculture minister

    1. November Rain says:

      You are a complete idiot and stupid fool!

  65. Basop Lutepo says:

    your aim sir is tidzilima kuti inu mudziba sir? kupusa! don’t pretend to b helping or thinking. you would have done a great service to your country by not stealing its billions….nsete basi

  66. thom says:

    We need to get rid of chuka then malawi can do better, eversince he introduced policy that exporters can retain 100% of export proceeds malawi currency has nosedived, the suprising fact is that even know after kwacha has nosedived 100% of its value they are not reversing this policy, is there a deal somewhere with the exporters which is hurting poor malawians

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