Cashgate prisoner Lutepo writes book on Malawi corruption

Osward Lutepo, who is currently serving a 11 year jail term on Cashgate related conviction, is set to release his first edition of his planned series of what he calls ‘My way of writing’ series titled ‘Corruption’, Nyasa Times has been told.

Lutepo: Writes book on corruption

According to his brother Edward, who seemed up beat with the upcoming book ,  his brother who declared himself as an ambassador against crime and corruption is going to use this book to launch his fight against crime and corruption mission.

“As his family we are fully in support of his mission because together with our incarcerated brother we are very much concerned with the reports of continued increase in corrupt cases making rounds regardless of the embarrassing experience that our brother and our whole family have been going through due to our brother’s alleged involvement in the Cashgate scam,” Edward Lutepo told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview.

“To our brother and all of us it was and has been our anticipation that looking at what Cashgate suspects have been going through no one would really want to be involved in such malpractices at all yet these cases seem not to abate at all and this is the reason why we are fully in support of our brother,” said Edward.

He further said that Osward was moved with the “shame and embarrassment” which he had gone through to declare himself as an ambassador against crime and corruption to make sure that those who would care to listen to his anti-crime and anti-corruption messages should not end up like him.

He said Osward’s bitter lessons make him feel bad when others still want to be involved in corrupt activities.

“That is why he is launching his anti-crime and anti-corruption mission now through the release of this book on corruption,” said Edward.

According to Edward, besides the book, Osward will be conducting public and private lectures, making presentations on corruption, what it is, how it affects various activities, how it can be traced, and how it can be prevented.

He said there are many planned anti corruption activities in store. Key to them is prevention mechanisms.

According to Edward the book is “multinational” meaning that it has been written to suit all countries worldwide and that his elder brother’s mission is across the globe.

It is expected that the book will be available by next month at ‘a low price for all to afford’. The first version will be in English followed by other languages, according to Edward.

“In the book Osward is using himself and his own personal experience for examples. Experiences that only a few can accept to be revealed during their life time have been laid bare for all to learn from. The book is at an advanced stage with editors,” said Edward.

He said that the book might as well be easily revised to suit academic standards because it is his brother’s dream to see corruption and crime becoming subjects or part of the academic curriculum or syllabus.

“It has not been easy to find editors because a lot of those that were approached have been turning down the request for fear of not wanting to be associated with my brother. But I thank the current team for accepting to take up the task defying the odds to support this good cause.”
“It is a rare opportunity for a convict to come to the open to condemn the crime that landed him in jail, most convicts prefer to keep quiet and even pray for more to commit similar crimes so that they should join them but Osward does not want others to end up like him,” said Edward.

“We know that not everyone would welcome this development but we believe that those who wish the country well and are happy to see corruption reduced will support this mission by allowing or inviting our brother to make presentations at their functions, at their organizations, churches and many other forums all they need to do is just ask permission from the prison authorities,” added Edward.

He called on the police department, the ACB and other agencies including government and non-governmental institutions including rights groups to be inviting Osward whenever they have anti-crime and anti-corruption activities saying Osward’s contributions as a living example could make a very big difference.

Asked whether his brother still nurtures any political ambition, Edward clearly said that his brother no longer has any political ambitions and that he is currently studying for a degree in Public Health because his interest now is to serve the public where possible help in saving people’s lives through disease prevention and to concentrate on rebuilding his family business which has been his life all along.

“Osward now believes that there are other better means of serving the people besides politics and that is the route he is taking now. To Osward, prison is another learning point not the end of the world. Osward says prison should be avoided at all costs by avoiding breaking the law,” said Edward.

He said his brother will not be interested to do business with government and will focus dealing with a common man.

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Mike Chisema Dr
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Mike Chisema Dr

This is a powerful development and the common approach is good…if he just turned to God and may be show commitment to God by becoming a pastor or who ever the world would think otherwise but to write a book means a lot and his willingness to still contribute to the nation regardless of his circumstances can make a huge difference. We should be in support of this development as Malawians. Hopefully the book will be made available across the country.May God bless Osward all the time…..he is intelligent and composed.

thunguwire
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thunguwire

i salute you …bro lutepo, will support you

Chejumo
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Chejumo

This time is for Lutepo to fight corruption let all of good will and wishing this country good support this good cause. A ma bank kumadzagula ma book was paja kulinso Bank gate, a boma kudzagula book li paja kuli cash gate a mipingo kumadzagula book li paja kuli ma Church gate . so you see there is corruption everywhere hence the need to support this good cause

Churchill
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Churchill

Corruption is everywhere now so any initiative to fight it should be given full support. I salute you bwana Lutepo. Osawamvera a maliwongo a chamba opanda nzeru, a gulukunyinda, a nyapapi, ASA!

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Watcher

The Millennium Challenge Account has recently announced the dropping of Malawi from the list of the countries to benefit from its assistance due to the country’s poor performance in combating corruption. Lutepos initiative wouldn’t have come at any better time than this because what the MCA has done is an indicator that our administration is yet to find a winning formula in fighting and combating corruption. I wouldn’t be surprised if government would engage Lutepo to team up with the acb the police to fight corruption. If the government will do nothing we will be surprised and we can easily… Read more »

Nambewe
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Nambewe

Munosile ndi anzako NDA mene mukufuna a Malawi tizivutikabe. You think in his right mind if Lutepo was to be released to day he would want to be involved in Cash gate again? Search me!!!!! After his arrest we have seen and heard of corruption and theft of government funds being still rampant and that’s where people like Lutepo need to be involved to fight that. Kapena nanu muli mboma ndiye mukuopa kuti akuyalutsanitu nanga why attacking munthu woti is volunteering to help?

Awize
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Awize

Is there any good faith in writing the book? Komano zaka zokhala kundende zinachepa. Zikanakhala 33 years coz his corrupt practices had a major impact on the people of Malawi. Many people have killed and been killed due to this idiot. I guess he is seeking pardon from the Head of State after DPP-PP marriage towards 2019. These leaders are killing Malawians indirectly through their corruption and undesirable political marriages. Lutepo must serve 11 full year jail and after this one he must stand re-trial for similar charges. Amadya sausage using taxpayers money ife tikubwira nandolo coz of higher taxes… Read more »

Ngopi
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Ngopi

If APM reads these comments. Please Pardon Lutepo he deserves it not akuba njinga osalapa. True pardon is not supposed to be conditionally no. Its supposed to be unconditional. Then it will have a true meaning

Kanjuchi
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Kanjuchi

Ndinu oyela inu a Gaddafi?? Simuchimwa inu???? Umatamba tu iwe munthu akufuna kuthandiza kucheptsa katangale inu mukuti you’re stupid inu munayesako kuthetsa kapena kuchepetsa katangale inu? Mbuli inu a munosile or whatever you are mumafuna chani? Ana a satana inu mitu ya mhuyanu ifevwe want change in seeing reduced corruption inu multi nyonyonyonyo za chamba basi amakutumani ? A Malawi jiw we want more people of lutepos caliber not vagabonds like Gaddafi munosile and ndani kaya. Bring corruption down Lutepo

Eranive
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Eranive

Should a person fail to contribute anything just because people would think he wants to gat an early release? If you don’t know its the rule of thumb in.prisons to recommend well behaving inmates for early release so if that is his motive there is nothing wrong with that. Actually that is what is supposed to be exposed of prisoners. And we need to encourage that rather than discouraging him. For your information munosile, Gaddafi kaya gonapamuhanya etc, prison is now about reform and not punitive. Prisons are no longer rotting places but reformatory centers. Your actions or comments only… Read more »

Mapwiya
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Mapwiya

A Gaddafi ana a njoka inu mitu yoduka if you have nothing positive to say , Say nothing, do nothing and sleep rather than kutukwana muthu wovomeleza kulakwa kupinfula chani? Even if I may ask you what do you benefit when a repentant person is still kept in prison being fed your taxes etc? These are the people deserving pardon not unrepentant chicken thieves. Yes he wronged us but he has proved beyond reasonable doubt that his involvement was just a mistake. He deserves a second chance. If it can please his excellency let do so by pardoning Lutepo and… Read more »

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