DPP tells court: ‘MCP presidential candidate benefitted from Lutepo’s cashgate proceeds’

Director of Public Prosecution Mary Kachale told High Court in Zomba in Malawi that stolen from government in cashgate scandal was used to fund the then governing People’s Party (PP) election campaign and also a presidential aspirant of Malawi Congress Party [MCP].

Kachale:  Still investigating

Kachale: Still investigating

Kachale also commended Lutepo for his disclosure in the declaration statement which she said it was good for the country’s governance.

She said Lutepo’s disclosure has shown that the money that cashgate money was used to fund PP election campaign –where he served as recruitment director – and also funded an MCP presidential candidate to the tune of K11 million.

“His [Lutepo’s] declaration statement raises the issues of political party financing, this is a good governance issue,” said Kachale.

“From the evidence provided we have also known that People’s Party gave K11 million to one of the Malawi Congress Party [MCP] presidential candidates to disturb MCP election and convention and influence the outcome,” the DPP added/

She, however, refused to name the MCP presidential candidate, saying that would disturb the investigations.

Germany agreed to fund a new audit of government finances to find out exactly how much money has been lost and who is to blame.

Katrin Pfeiffer, head of development cooperation at the German embassy in Malawi, said the new forensic audit would cover 2009-2013.

Pfeiffer said there were suggestions that the looting actually took place over a longer period, before 2009, when the President Peter Mutharika’s brother, Bingu wa Mutharika, was in power. He died suddenly in 2012.

Britain is understood to want any investigation to start from 2005 to establish the extent of corruption. The audit will be conducted by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The theft led international donors, which bankroll the country’s budget by up to 40%, to pull the plug on aid worth $150m last year until the government in Lilongwe cleans up the situation.

PP claims that loopholes in the payment system introduced a year after Bingu came into power were to blame for the looting of public funds.

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Nzika za chipani
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A Khumutcha apa ndiye mwasonyezeratu kuti simukudxiwa ndale za mcp.. Every one knows that daza fought a single handed battle to revive map. and introduce democracy in the mighty party.it was obvious that he was going to be the next president of the party..With the tenacity and the courage imene anawonetsa. zipani zina zimadziwa kuti akangotenga mpando mcp ibwelera mboma.. so they had to disturb that by funding other candidates weak enough not to beat them pa zisankho za 2014 ..thats why you saw up to 11 candidates who came at the eleventh hour when all along he had fought… Read more »
BOBO
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I found this more political for many reasons.Firstly,mentioning official opposition political parties without actually mentioning the peuple involved or finalised investigations have left people thinking wildly causing confusions . I may think this is DPP attempt to plant enemity to divide opposition . What do you think ?

ndininimitire
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There is no way DPP govt can dip itself into hot soup pertaining to cashgate.Remember the dillydally moves PP was playing while in power.There is a need for us malawians to riseup above politics and take this challenge head on without fear or favour.Our politicians have failed us to fight corruption.Lets give a chance to our military personel and the gurus in the civil service to run the state affairs for a considerable time.These so called politicians should leave the capital hill on a paid leave for atleast 6 months or above to let investigations be carried out without delays… Read more »
not myname
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KUTHANDIZIDWA KAPENA AMAPANGA NJIRA ZOBELA TIMASULENI BWINO BWINO PAMENEPA. AMBIRI AMATHANDIZIDWA MOSIYANASIYANA MWACHITSANZO MATCHALITSI AMATHANDIZIDWA AMAKHALA NAWO MUGULU LAKUBA NGATI NDALAMA ATHANDIZIDWAZO ZIRI ZOBEDWA? MUSAPEZE POFUNA KULIMBANA NDI MCP APA

Mbulaje
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Koma aphawife tatopa ndalama zathu tkuzfuna

Kingsley Yohane Simon
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Kingsley Yohane Simon

Cashgate,greedy,&selfishness are main reasons killing the Malawi nation. Investigations should be done quickly without fear or favour,whether on rulling or opposition members.

grasshopper
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mr new generation,osamangobackira zirizonse why leaving out MCP,if they are mentioned let them be investigated zankutu eti umapereka nsonkho iwe, aliyense afufuzidwe makamaka mcp,ikumàyankhula ngati they are innocent let them prove their innocent. zatikwana ife zimenezi. kachale gwirani ntchito without fear or favour exposed them makamaka chakwerayo. was it why he abandoned children of God to start this dirty politics and stealing money repent repent or u will perish very soon coz He z coming very soon

Bwana
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Cashgate started 1964 with kamuzu. he financed a group of companies in the name of press coorparation using gvt money but the company was registered in his name. looting started 2013 with jb

Joseph Moyo
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koma shame on u MCP nso ndyeyu ur seat has to declared vacant munabela chifukwa11million yo nzanu mumapikisana nawo adalibe so d ground was not levelled.unfair competion.

CURUPT CULPRIT
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Let the Germany auditors Really re-examine the extent of the scandle, even up to the suggested 2005 a year in which I believe the machine that controls the system was introduced. Choona chidziwike and all culprits should be taken to task mosayang’anira ….

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