State to confiscate Lutepo’s cashgate property

The State wants to confscicate the property and other assets belonging to imprisoned ‘chief cashgater’ Oswald Lutepo, Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) deputy director Reyneck Matemba has confirmed.

Cashgate prisoner Lutepo

Cashgate prisoner Lutepo

Matemba said they will seek a determination from High Court on pecuniary penalties to be meted out on Lutepo.

The jailed 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.

The 37-year-old Lutepo was slapped with the 11-year jail term which Justice Redon Kapindu passed at the High Court in Zomba on Friday.

On the first count of conspiracy to defraud government of K4.2 billion (US$9.3 million) between April and September 2013, Lutepo was slapped with the maximum sentence of three years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) while money laundering earned him eight years IHL.

Lutepo told reporters that he has decided to become an “ambassador against crime and corruption” and also an advocate for minority rights in Malawi.

The cashgate prisoner said he is ready to testify in other Cashgate cases if the State expressed interest to have him as witness.

Lutepo has become the seventh person to be thrown in jail on Cashgate-related charges since trials began in February 2014 and his sentence is so far the most severe, 11 years.

The shooting of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo outside the gate of his Area 43 residence in Lilongwe on September 13 2013 opened a can of worms that exposed the plunder of public resources at Capital Hill later called Cashgate.

British forensic audit firm, Baker Tilly, established that between April and September 2013, about K24 billion (US$53.3 million) in public funds was abused through payments for goods and services not rendered; inflated payments and payments without supporting documentation.

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43 thoughts on “State to confiscate Lutepo’s cashgate property”

  1. Ya apa si jealous ayi koma izi ndizokuba ziyenera kubwelera ku Boma but my only worry is that zikabwelera ku Noma sizifikiranso mmanja mwa Mbava zina? Naming’omba, zowona munthu angagule Naming’omba poyerayera zowona zimenezo??????

  2. What goes around. ………,koma sikuti mupezele mwayi umabela munthuyu zomwe anali nazo kale asanabe ,kodi mesa mwamulanga kale 11yrs adzabwera atakalambatu ameneyu ,ndiye chonde tima buisness taketo mulekeleni adzawone pofikira komaso ana adzipeza ufa kwa 11yrs yo.

  3. Manyaziulibe says:

    Malawi will never develop because of theft and corruption in offices. In companies, government people are busy enriching themselves.
    There are some people who do things beyond their salary pretending as if they are doing bussines and to my surprise no initiative is taken to investigate how this individual is accumulating this wealth.
    Let’s stop this and sweat genuinely to avoid what our brother Lutepo has gone through, imagine we were envying him now he is stupid person in Malawi.
    My advice is tighten and seal all the hole where money can slip through. We don’t want to here of this CONDUIT word again

  4. Mwendanato says:

    THE STATE HAS BEEN VERY UNFAIR TO LUTEPO AFTER ALL THE COPERATION. HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN GIVEN FIVEYEARS ONLY IHL AND THREE YEARS SUSPENDED. THE NAMATHANGA LADY SHOULD HER OPULENT HOME AND HOTEL CONFISCATED SO SHOULD ALL THE 22 PP ORANGE VEHICLES AND BE AUCTIONED. MALAWIAN JUDGES WHEN SHALL YOU DESCIPNCE FAIR JUSTICE.

  5. James Phiri says:

    SO Cashgate saw more than $50 million stolen and Lutepo stole $9 million – there are others who need to be held to account for many millions still missing. Also this stealing didn’t start recently. We still remember Muluzi enriched himself and where did Bingu and Peter get so much wealth from? Also you can’t steal from government alone. Someone needs to approve the payment, another signs the cheque,, another person updates the general ledger, another approves the monthly financial report, another cashes the cehqua at the bank, another person in Reserve bank turns a blind eye to huge government cheques being cashed. A lot more people involved in Cashgate and at senior levels. people must be held accountable.

  6. PHILLIMON MWAFONGO says:

    let those who are involved be exposed.

  7. Mwana wa Kwa Dzomodya says:

    Wakubatu ndiamene wagwidwa. Kuba sikungathe kudalipo ngakhale nthawi ya John Chilembwe ndiye tiyeni tizibani tikaupeza mwaiwo. Koma ukagwidwa akukudzule ndithu. Osanyengerelana apa. Kaya ndiwe wandale, kaya ndiwe m’busa akukhadzule mpaka utheletu. Enanu mmaofesimu tima salary tanu tomvetsa chisoni. Koma mukutha kumagula magalimoto odula. Ana akuphunzira ma school odula. Nyumba mukumanga ngati ndi state house. Chikhalirecho palibe business iliyonse imene mumapanga. Uliminso simutha. Kuba basi. Kumaoneka ngati madolo. Akufufuzeni mukagwidwa akuponyeni mndende, makiyi akataidwe ku Indian ocean. Sizoona kuti a court ayambe mkulimbana ndi za 2005 zadzulodzuloli zisanathe. Tiambe agwidwawa mkumabwerera mbuyo kusakasaka enanso amene amaba mbuyomu. Kodi munthu nyumba yako itathyoledwa katatu koma osagwira aliyense kenako nkudzabweranso okuba wina kachinayi inu ndikumugwira mungamusiye kuti muyambe mwagwira kaye amakuberani mbuyomu? Thana nayeni ndie mufufuze amadzathyolanso masiku enao. Tisaiwale kuti PP inachoka ku DPP. Amayi anakhala President atamwalira Bingu chifukwa anali Vice President. Ndie tikamati tionenso kaye zimene ankaba a DPP tikutanthauza chani. A Katakwe aketu ndiomweomwewa anangosintha zovala ndie kwa amene wagwidwa akwidzingidwe basi

  8. Sayimoni bayisikolo says:

    Muluzi is left scot free to enjoy the loot of 1.7 billion.Pitala is feasting the loot 61 billion kwacha which inherited from his brother.Joyce was enjoying the loot from the conduit and its the only small fish that is feeling the pinch.Is this really justice?They were politicians involved in this cashgate and so far no one has been netted.We need to clean the whole system and Malawi will start kicking again.What you should know is that these cheap politicians do not own us.If Malawi is to change,then it should stop glorifying thieves.People should earn and work their asses 24/7 to get rich than making easy money by swindling tax payers that is meant to benefit everybody.

  9. Amon says:

    Where is chambo ? You are just catching usipa

  10. osaka says:

    which naming’omba are u talkingabout, if it is the tea estate in thyolo he already sold it to certain Indians at a tune of 6billion, lutupo sold all his successful companies ndalama zake kukasungisa kwa a zibale ake, you can do your investigations if am lying, lero akut akhala ambassador wa chani? koma utaika a malawi pa moto may God forgive you!

  11. Manuel daniel says:

    Mukamalanda katundu wa lutepo mkaziyo mundipase

  12. CONGO MAFIA says:

    What about 22 cars bought for PP? Are you going to confiscate that too because it is clear he used the stolen money to purchase those velicles. JB shouldn’t be excited of the sentence but still keeping the stolen properties. These things can only happen in Malawi because that country is full of aliens conducting themselves out of ordinary.

  13. Trevor Manyi says:

    Big fish bwa? 577 BILLION

  14. luke Tembo says:

    This must be a lesson to all the malawians that cash gate is a big issue and my the same punishment fall to the follower of him (those who r n cash gate issue)

  15. John Hebo says:

    Wakuba aziphedwa mwina umbava uchepe moti Lutepo akuyenela anyongedwe basi.

  16. Zanga Phe Basi says:

    Yes! Do the same with that Ndata mansion of Mk15 billion. Why didnt he build that house when he was still driving his hiance.

    He ddnt even develop his ndata farm while still wieking abroad. Yes get lutepo’s properties and promise to investigate Mk92 billion cashgate osati audit queryy u fool!

  17. Fr. Francis says:

    comment reserved until further

  18. rewlayi says:

    Why does this fool away have a smug on his face?unyatu ukaseva kundende kunamizila pa wheelchairpo

  19. Lutepo yamulakwiratu apa!

  20. Chigawaneni says:

    Easy come, easy go. Go ahead with the confistication exercise. May be other would be offenders can learn something. I doubt if Lutepo owns genuinely what he has!

  21. Hoitty says:

    koma azibambo mankhwalawa sakuchita bwino. Taonani nkhope ya Mpolisiyo. Ngatiamamukhoma ndi chisel

  22. Mzee says:

    Zauchitsiru if you are not building a house you are just plain stupid. Who told you that you must cashgate to build a house. Ambirife we steal govt time doing consultancies ndipo we will not stop. Cashgate was for idiots mboma we dont steal like that adzitifunsa ife ndi bingu agalu amenewa. Have a contract with govt and deliver but…….basi.

  23. Jimbo says:

    Are there any politicians involved in cashgate? If so, when are they going to appear in court. I suspect that some of those already convicted are being used as scape goats to shield politicians from being taken to court.

  24. Sapitwa says:

    There is progress somehow. The challenge will be on corruption cases where there is no evidence, People like JB , Bingu and Muluzi with their followers were corrupt and amassed themselves with riches but it will be difficult to prosecute them if there is no tangible evidence to do so.We need to prosecute where we can and close this chapter and move to a clean slate with all holes sealed with better systems.

  25. mwana wa aKalitsiro kwa Mberenga ku Thyolo says:

    Ikakuwona litsilo siikata. Pepani nbwana Lutepo that’s how life goes.

  26. man sura says:

    achepetsa period

  27. kenkkk says:

    The same should be applied to all cashgaters,not just lutepo. We will cry foul if you don’t take the assets of others as well.

  28. aunt says:

    Very sad indeed. If only people allowed God to guard their steps they would have made better choices.

  29. MOKHIWA says:

    WHY ONLY LUTEPO ??

    WHAT ABOUT OTHERS ??
    LIKE NAMATHANGA :SAVALA :KALONGAS ?,?

    PLEASE LETS BE FAIR

    NOT ONLY ONE PERSON SHOULD BE THE VICTIM !!

  30. Khozobwe says:

    Confisicate Everything that belongs to this guy…his Balls even.

  31. getu maseko says:

    Iiiiiiiiiiiiiihh ndie mwandiophsezatu ine ndmaganiza kuti poti ndidakali ndi zaka 32 koma ndikugwila ntchito yabwino ndipo ndingoba ma milion nkupita ku ndende 11 years pobwela ndili ndi zaka 43 ndizizangodya makobidi,ndie mukufuna mudzilandanso?

  32. Yes this boy should pay us back. How did he become this rich a few after school at Namitete Secondary School?

  33. Ngondo Amawo says:

    Good move, and we need 92 Billion cashgate to be investigated too and all the properties squires but Bingu with theft money to be confiscated too. He died but left properties, this needs to be followed up. We need to put this country in order. All the civil servants who are building houses using stolen money needs to give back the money or confiscate their properties. The law needs to be ruthless. Malawi is sinking because of a few greedy people. People who have no sympathy at all. Enough is enough. Its give back time. We cannot go on like this. People need to lead to work hard to get rich. Politics shouldn’t be an was route to becoming billionaires. People got to join politics with a vision to develop Malawi not to develop themselves and afew others in their circles.

  34. Gregory IC says:

    Big up to ACB! (Indeed take back all what he took away from us). He is a billionaire at the expense of our untold poverty. (We pay too much to the govt, they reap too much from the govt). Their inhumane acts are paying them dividends. Punish them heavely for they had no positive regard for humanity. Their mitigation is nothing but a plea a peddler. let these merciless degradoes perish out of our sight.

  35. Mwethu says:

    This man should not waste our time with his late remorse, if these people were not found out he would have happily been still doing the same things, he should not think we are fools over his croc tears. He should rot in jail and repay for all the needless deaths tha have occurred due to shortage of drugs in hospitals as a result of his greedness. If he appeals please just increase his jail term because it looks like he thinks this is kindergarten stuff.

  36. Phwado says:

    Don’t forget houses he built for his girls and relatives such as that of Lonie in Naperi.

  37. vwapuvwapu says:

    Nthawi zina moto umaseketsa, umapitabe kumbali imene woocha cthileyo wakhala. Nanga panopo ukoko siufika? kkkkkkk

  38. Mlauzi says:

    Ndimisonkho yathu imeneyo. Boma lizilande basi

  39. Truck says:

    THATS GOOD MOVE YOU MUST REALLY CONSFISCATE ALL HIS PROPERTIES AND SELL THEM AND PUT THAT MONEY BACK TO GOVERNMENT WHERE IT BELONG YOU MUST BUY MEDICINES IN HOSPITALS AND PAY THE GOVERNMENT WORKERS WHO ARE ON ARRERS OF THEIR PAY.

  40. Mr.Bambo says:

    Pangani zomwezo a Boma ena aphunzirepo phunziro.

  41. Sikusinja ndi Gwenembe says:

    Oswald does not own Namingómba. Nyasatimes you need to verify facts first. A simple company search at the registrars general office and you can have such information. You will create confusion when in the end govt only recovers 5million from this guy and people will be asking how much did govt recover from Naming’omba kenako muzayambenso kuti wina wadyapo.

  42. Pita Wa Mathanyura says:

    this is bullshit, kodi why are you not pinning the mafias who were giving instructions olembera ma cheque, kodi Lutepoyo amapanga aurhorise yekha ndikulembanso yekha? koma Lutepo nawenso ulibe nzeru

  43. ade says:

    LUTEPO HAD ALL THESE THINGS BEFORE CASHGATE.

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