Businessperson and cashgate suspect Osward Lutepo has been certified medically not fit for trial in the various charges related to cashagte, his lawyer Osward Mtupila, said Dr Jonathan Ngoma of Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe has certified him not fit.
According to Mtupila, Ngoma examined Lutepo on Februaty 4 2015 but he is yet to officially issue a report to the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the court as earlier ordered.
“The doctor says the physiological problems are emanating from panic and anxiety disorders. This is affecting how his (Lutepo’s) body functions as such he can not walk,talk and has lost control of bodily functions. The doctor recommended counselling and a psychiatric assessment,” said Mtupila as quoted by the press.
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.
He was also slapped with another charge of perjury for admitting that he lied under oath in court.
His health scare started after his arrest on fresh charges of tax evasion.
Lutepo had a problem with his nervous system and has a paralysis of his legs. He has been on wheel chair.
He relation Edward Lutepo said the cashgate suspsect is “not fit and indeed not well.”
Lutepo has accepted wrong doing in the plunder of public resources and apologised to the nation through the media, saying his companies were simply used as conduits.
He implicated former president Banda for benefitting part of his stolen money .Banda shot down the claims, saying they are “malicious” and calculated to drag her in the mud of cashgate as part of the political vendetta by the government.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale recently pointed out she will not trade confessors of Cashgate with non-custodial sentences
She said it was a mockery to the suffering Malawians have endured as a consequence of the accused persons’ role to plunder public money if her office was to accept defence proposal to trade confessions with non-custodial sentences.
Kachali said for this reason, there was no legal framework within which any plea bargaining arrangement can be made.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :