No record of Lutepo’s JB claims : Prosecution says court right forum to plead guilty

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in Lilongwe on Monday to update Parliament on progress of the pilfering of government money  – cashgate -in what officials told legislatures there is no official recorded statement from suspect Oswald Lutepo implicating former president Joyce Banda.

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza briefing the committee

Kachale (L) with Ministry of Justice assistant legal officer Samuel Mbweza briefing the committee

Jai  Banda was Lutepo's first lawyer

Jai Banda was Lutepo’s first lawyer

Lutepo gave an interview on Zodiak Broadcasting Station on Friday to accept wrong doing in the plunder of public resources and apologised to the nation, saying his companies were simply used as conduits.

He implicated former president Banda for benefitting part of his stolen money.

Banda has since shot down the claims, saying they are “malicious” and calculated to drag her in the mud of cashgate.

Appearing before PAC, Kachale said Lutepo has not recorded his statement to detail the fresh claim.

She said prosecution will not act on Lutepo’s media confessions until he pleads guilty in court.

“If Lutepo is really remorseful, he must go before a court of law and plead guilty. Yes, he can go ahead and say who else is involved. But in the meantime, we are just listening just like everybody else,” Kachale told the committee.

“We know people can just implicate others so we can let them go. Right now, we have Lutepo. If he has evidence, he should provide it under oath to Fiscal Police or Anti-Corruption Bureau [ACB], not a radio station,” the country’s top prosecutor added.

The prosecution also want Lutepo to  declare property and provide information leading to the recovery of the said property.

Lutepo’s first lawyer Jai Banda when he was arrested last year upon handing himself from police from undisclosed location, said he has not seen any statement Lutepo recorded implicating the former president.

“I have no such record of statement,” said Jai, a money laundering law expert.

He said on radio that at no point such information was made known to him

Lutepo has since stressed that he is going to give a detailed account on how individuals and companies benefited from the massive looting.

“I want to level the playing field so that everyone involved should face justice,” he said.

He plans to hold a public conference where he will reveal in detail the way they were defrauding government.

Law expert Justin Dzonzi of Justice Link, said though Lutepo’s credibility is damaged by among other things admitting lying under oath, he would be a “good source” of information gathering in the cashgate investigations.

“We cannot ignore what he has said. We can use him to dig more,” Dzonzi said.

“Go after everybody whom he has mentioned and question them,” the law expert said,

He however cautioned government against making arbitrary arrests, saying the tax payer will end up compensating people for wrongful imprisonment.

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB)  deputy director Reyneck Matemba said they have noted the allegations  made by Lutepo and will  make their own independent investigations .

He said ACB are interested “to  establish evidence”.

Lutepo is regarded as chief suspect in cashgate cases  and charged in a K5.7 billion (about $11.4m) theft and money laundering case alongside former Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo and private-practice lawyer Wapona Kita, which is pending hearing in Lilongwe.

He is also is answering similar charges on an amount totalling K3.1 billion (about $6.2m)in the High Court’s Zomba registry.

Lutepo is facing another charge of conspiracy to commit murder charges alongside Kasambara, Manondo and Dauka Manondo in relation to the shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

And then he has a perjury charge for lying under oath in court.

He is currently under arrest for tax evasion.

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43 thoughts on “No record of Lutepo’s JB claims : Prosecution says court right forum to plead guilty”

  1. That is a big lie Mr phodogoma. Kutakata meant multiplying the money from small businesses like mandazi. Osamamiza a Malawi apa

  2. dschi says:

    Koma lutepo wabalalika. Anzake ndi a boma afuna amugwiritse ntchito. Koma 92bn mk ifufuzidwa?

  3. I read most of comments and there of national interest but this guy called Ambuje aku Lilongwe that iz personal hatred bwinotu muyamba kuluma ma bwana anu kamba ka nsanje “mind U jealousy iz a freedom of foolz” Inu phee. nkhani ili apa ndiyakubedwa kwa mali pa Malawi basitu

  4. Phodogoma says:

    Jb implicated her self by her own comment.

    Imagine the following quotes from the head of state:
    1. ‘If you are given stolen goods by a thief , it means you are not a thief yourself’
    2. “My fellow ladies in Malawi this is time for us women to make deals (kutakata) to enrich ourselves”.

    If we were in Egypt JB could have been imprisoned by now.

  5. Mbanangwa says:

    Bakili stole Mk 1.7 bn, Bingu 92bn and JB 20bn.
    If you look at all these figures. it is the president of that time who is to blame. When you dig dipper into issues, you will find that it is not only one person who stole the money. It is a system or chain of people or chain of events beeing followed by the end of the day.

    Bingu is dead, yes, not all records of theft will go to Bingu, not at all. Nicholas Dausi will have his share, the minister of defense then will have a chunk of stolen money, the minister of justice then, will suffer likewise, the ministry of foreign affairs will cough and vomit blood during the interrogation, the minister of education will also languish etc. by the end of the day in order to bring justice, the Bineth Trust will surrender Ndata and other properties to be used by the government. Some ministers who served in previous governments will loose property associated with theft.
    These are chains of events that link up into each other, only that Joyce Banda did right to open the lid. Bingu is dead but the issue of 92Bn will materialize all the same. Bakili will go back to the hospital in RSA etc

  6. nkunthamasese says:

    92,000,000,000 woyeeeeeeeeeee

    1. Mai anaba says:

      The truth is that this woman used Lutepo. That is what he has told us. No one hired him to say that . Nkhani ikathina munthu amanena zoona zache. JB knows she used many boys to defraud the Government. If we are seroius this woman must be picked to face Lutepo for questioning . Ndiye mudzikamuyangana kwambiri mumaso mukawona nokha

  7. Louis mlomwe wachitonga says:

    whether jb was one of the plunders or not but my prayer is let justice take its course. & God should punish those who plunder the poor mans msonkho. my prayer goes to the past government, present & future govt

  8. Ambolozio says:

    No one 2 b arrested coz some of u ur also involved, u 4get about 92 billion, now only 21 billion talking too much, u have 2 brainstorm hw u can get money 2 run dis poor country not waste much tym with gatecash all of u also ur cash gate too.

  9. nachiduku jb says:

    nonse otsatira amayi limbikirani kumteteza make chuluyu!KAMDZUTSENI BINGUYO ADZAYANKHETU NANGA APA NACHIDUKUYO ATHAWA CHIYANI.

  10. Namu! says:

    The ones who were interviewing him are the ones who are supposed to have the records. I think Malawi is in a crisis state. Please prayer worriors let’s stand steadfast in our prayers. This is serious. What I know is that you do not start things that you do not know the consequences. Please ZBS produces the records.

  11. foot-soldier says:

    JB implicated herself in the shameful capital hill thieving with her unsolicited reaction “walandira zoba alibe mlandu”! Stop trying to protect her!

  12. Mnngulu says:

    A Malawian akundwala matanda a kuiwala. Lutepo ndi manondo amanena kuti adzawulula akululu akulu wokhuzidwa ndi cashgate akafika ku Malawi. Sanaulule nthawi yoseyi. Mungadabwe kuti anyamba kuulula/ Akanauluwa JB akulamulira?Akuti wamisala anaona nkhondo, ndiye kuti akuziwa silikali aawadani. Send a thief to catch a thief, ndiye Lutepoyo!

  13. MVUNGO says:

    Amene akudziona kuti sanabeko basi m’mangeni amene mukuti anabayo osamangosokosa apa kunali akulu akulu akuba ngati Muluzi munaona anamangidwa? DPP ikufuna kuti ikutayitseni nthawi kuti musamakumbutse za K92billion

  14. CNN says:

    A Kazako a Kazako nanu mwayamba Manthanyula? Bwanji kumasapota chipani cha satanic? Kodi akazi anu mwawasala? Kodi umunthu mwautaya cifukwa cha ndalama? Kodi mukufuna maliro anu anthu adzakondwe ngati a Bingu? A Kazako Mulungu akulangani. Si amayi JB omwe anakupatsani ka license ka TV pomwe Pitala amakukanirani?

  15. Plebian says:

    Zodiak is a DPP radio station. Kazako was once the darling of Malawians but now a foolish DPP hooligan. Why can’t you tell us how DPP stole 92 billion? Tiuzeni Zoona pano yasaduka Tikuuzani Ubwino wa DPP. I don’t listen this blue radio.

  16. ChosaDziwa says:

    Nanga poti akumwera ndi central aliso kumpotoko ndiye azatani iwowo

    1. O says:

      They will come back because they are getting completely nothing from there. Let them come back. Inunso you should go back home and develop your region. Don’t worry about them. Your joblessness in your honey and milk region will also none of our business. Please go!

  17. ChosaDziwa says:

    Mukayelekeza kumukhulupilira Lutepoyu mupusa nazo mawa muzava akuti anandikakamza kuti ndipake tchimoli amayi ndipo ndikupepesa kaya bola ine ndanena Ltepo afunika kuchipatala chamisala

  18. Ambuje ku lilongwe says:

    Eeeee asiyeni azodiakiwo. Alakwa ciani pamenepa? Akuziwisa mtundu wa amalawi zocitika MORE FIRE ZODIAK
    nkhani ya K92 Billion izamwa mazi coz ngati ogwidwa angati ndi malemu bingu ndiye kuti zikatero yathera pomwepo poti iye anamwalira.
    Ana anjoka inu mwatani kodi osakonda dziko lanu and what i have noted id that more nuisance comments are from northerners.
    Why are u behaving like that? Konseko kufuna dziko lanulanu basi. Koma zikuvutanitu. Coti muziwe mcakuti ngakhale atati federalism yatheka koma enabe azawona zenophorbia osakaika kuno ku central ndikumwera.

    1. APM says:

      ok. zenophobia mumaidziwa koma akulu inu? mmutu mwanu mukuganiza ngati mlomwe wopusa. chifukwa pali alomwe anzeru ambiri omwe nditowadziwa ine kupatula inuyo. mukunama kuti ndi akulilongwe bodza. titchule dzina lanu kapena ndi komwe mukulembera message imeneyi? becareful with ur hate comments. ndipa internet apa, no hiding. anthu mmalawi ali pa ma inter regional marriage ambirimbiri, nde muzathamagisa ndi ana anu omwetu. federizimu sikugawana dziko. its just part of decentralizing central powers.

  19. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Lutepo has been confused by DPP,amupwetekesa

  20. Nkhombokombo says:

    When somebody is whipped what language does he/she speak? Hardly any language you can identify from his/her cries. All you hear is an organised sound, thus what is coming out here. In tumbuka they call it “vingolingo”. It is very amusing sound but in the end means nothing. Thus the noise we are getting from Lutepo, Gvt side, the Juditure and the accused. Don’t embarrass your royal reputation honourables.

  21. wakukaya says:

    Confused

  22. KUCHITEKETE says:

    ABALE……KODI PATAPEZEKA MUNTHU WAPHEDWA OSADZIWIKA AMENE AMUPHA AND SOMEONE AT eg A DRINKING PLACE BRAGGS ABOUT HAVING KILLED SOMEONE,CAN LAW ENFORCERS NOT PICK HIM UP FOR QUESTIONING ON THE MATTER???? OR THEY WAIT FOR ANOTHER DAY WHEN THE BRAGGART WILL BE KIND ENOUGH TO GO AND HAND OVER HIMSELF TO THE POLICE????? A LUTEPO AKUFOTOKOZA BWINO MWAMVEMVEMVE MMENE AMABELA NDALAMA ZA BOMA NDI AMENE AMACHITA NAWO UP TO ASKING FOR MALAWIANS FORGIVENESS….MUKUFUNA ACHITE KUVULA KUTI MUMUKHULUPILILE. PICK HIM UP AND QUESTION HIM ON WHAT HE IS SAYING TO SEE IF THERE IS INDEED ANY SUBSTANCE ON THE MATTER AT HAND.

    1. Jabulosi says:

      Why waste time and money on a liar?? The man lies under oath and is already facing a perjury charges!!!! What he is saying is typical of Thieves.

  23. nyekhulira says:

    ZODIAK you are slowly loosing ground. You are too much into politics as if you are a pedia political party. Wake up and reclaim your lost glory. Pano ndikumangoonera ZODIAK TV basi osati kumvera radio yanu due to biasness towards the ruling party

  24. Chindazi says:

    Lutepo has lawyers…… is he seeking advise from his lawyer or just breaking the news on his own……

    What he has to know is that everything he is saying has replications by the end of the day…..

    Lutepo lawyers….. give him necessary advice…. your client is losing track…. or you fear that musauka nazo if you tell him the truth paja nanu ndima cashgate omwewo mukudya mtauni muno….

  25. Khongoni Boy says:

    Dpp Zbs Luptepo Nose Zitsilu U Wanted To Fool Us Sht Pple

  26. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    When Lutepo recovers get the whole truth or the whole lie. He should not be turned to a witness. Get hold of all property and return its value to the people of Malawi. At least chipuputa misozi, for the deaths, hunger, ignorance, poverty and all sorts of suffering the poor Malawians have witnessed and are witnessing due to theft of public resources.

  27. Abiti Mtila says:

    Senzani confessed and retained part of what she stole (Mk63 million) though we know she stole more than this and got a lesser sentence. What Lutepo would have done is go to the courts and declare how much he stole including the PP vehicles, return them to government and get his own lesser sentence. possibly instead of 15 years he can be sentenced to 12 years. Better!

  28. Mapwiya says:

    It is the same Zodiak Broadcasting Station that declared Mr Ibu winner in the May 2014 elections and now they are at it again.

    DPP should just sort out the economic and security concerns. Malawians are getting tired.

  29. Agulupu says:

    Zingayambe kuiwalika! What about Bakili’s K1.7bn. Bingu and his team squandered K92bn.

  30. Giffy says:

    Pali chachilendo apa??

  31. KING SOLOMONS WISDOM says:

    YES! GIVE AN EAR TO LUTEPO , AM SURE HE HAS SOMTIN TO TEL DE NATION.

  32. COYSON says:

    wakufa saopa kuola.

  33. jumujum says:

    Lutepo ngati mulibe umboni mungokhala chete musamangopaka chiteze aliyense. ngati inu munaba ndalamazo mungolankhula choona cheni cheni kapena mungolapa pamaso pa amalawi kuti sindizachitanso.

  34. truth be told says:

    Lutepo, you have dug your own grave. DPP is just using you to fight its political fights. Very soon you will be alone. Let DPP fight their wars and focus on your case brother!!!!!. zimakoma poyamba pano zawawa.

  35. Civil servant says:

    Mudzafa imfa yowawa. Mwadya zotsilika.

  36. ndangodutsa chisale says:

    The DPP led government has created Zodiak Radio as part of the Judiciary. When did the media start trying cases? We hope the same Zodiak Radio will start digging the K92 billions cash gate.

    1. Pichi says:

      Mmmmh bodzatu ili? Muthu kulakhula zakukhosi kwake ndi mlandu? Ngakhale zikhale zopusa koma every person has the right to speak and use any podium he or she may see fit to be held. Ma consequence a zonena zakozo ndiye shauli yako tsopano. Don’t kill the messanger bwana Chisale

    2. Jabulosi says:

      Zodiak is denting its professionalism through its journalists who have benefited from the MK50,000 bribery when govt. is locked in financial problems.Citizens are suffering when Zodiak journalists are munching Scones. Have you thrown your Ethics to Dogs?????

      1. Gongoni says:

        Bodza lina ili! Iwe nde Jabulosidi basi, Zodiak has done nothing poulutsa za cashgate. All radio stations/ newspapers has done the same. Wake up man ngati mayiJB anakupatsaniko mwagwa nayo!

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