Kasambara obtains court order for Lutepo’s phone records

Former Minister of Justice, Ralph Kasambara has obtained  a court order, demanding Airtel Malawi and Telekom Networks Limited (TNM) to furnish him with call log statements for  indicted businessman Oswald Lutepo.

Kasambara obtained the order, which Nyasa Times is in possession, on Monday afternoon as part of a case in which he accuses the two of intimidation.

Lutepo, according to the order under Criminal Case 636 of 2013, are ‘reasonably’ suspected of having committed offence of intimidation contrary to Section 88 (1) (a) of the Penal Code.

Kasambara has also demanded call logs  of  former government’s Budget Director, Paul Mphwiyo.

Kasambara:  Obtains court order
Kasambara: Obtains court order

In the order, issued by Senior Resident Magistrate, Viva Nyimba, TNM and Airtel are being demanded to furnish the court and Kasambara with the two’s call logs on seven listed numbers.

“Airtel Malawi Limited and Telekom Networks Malawi Limited are hereby ordered and directed to produce statements of call logs or call history for the period 1st June 2013 to 30th 2013,” reads part of the Order.

The two mobile companies were given five working hours to provide the statements on the listed numbers

“If you Airtel Malawi Limited and Telekom Networks Limited disobey this Order your respective personnel in terms of your respective Chief Executive Officers/Managing Directors and others that the court may deem fit may be found guilty of Contempt of court and may be sent to prison or fined or your assets may be siezed,” further reads the Order.

Lutepo, currently on bail, has been charged with theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code and money laundering contrary to Section 35 (1)(c) of the Money Laundering, Proceeds of Serious Crime and Terrorist Act.

He is suspected to have siphoned K2.6 billion of public funds and is one of the suspects in what is now called Capital Hill cashgate where billions of kwacha were looted.

Kasambara is currently answering to conspiracy to murder of Paul Mphwiyo who was shot outside his residence in Area 43 a low density suburb in Lilongwe on September 13, 2013.

Police are suspecting Kasambara “master minded” the shooting of Mphwiyo, now moved to Office of President and Cabinet (OPC), who escaped death with the gun shots.

Kasambara  has named President Joyce Banda, a State House official Cecilia Kumpukwe (a sister to President Banda), Minister of Information Brown Mpinganjira and PP’s spokesman Hophmally Makande as some of his witnesses in the case.

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