Lutepo exonerated in Mphwiyo’s attempted murder: ‘ No evidence linking him’

Lead investigator in the ongoing Paul Mphwiyo’s murder case, Kankwala Chilinda has revealed that there is currently no evidence linking Oswald Lutepo to the attempted murder of former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo.

Lutepo: No evidence
Lutepo: No evidence

Lutepo is yet to enter his plea but the rest – including former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, Pika Manondo, Dauka Manondo, Macdonald Kumwembe and Robert Kadzuwa – pleaded not guilty.

Chilinda said during cross-examination when lawyer for Lutepo, Oswald Mtupira asked the lead investigator if there was any other evidence linking his client to the case.

“We do not have any evidence linking Lutepo to the case,” said Chilinda.

In his first affidavit, one of the state witnesses Charles Chalunda mentioned Lutepo as one of the member’s amongst the conspiring team to murder Mphwiyo.

However, Chalunda later on through the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) asked the courts to replace Lutepo’s name with that of Pika Manondo.

According to the lead investigator, there is currently no any other evidence linking Lutepo to the murder case.

One of the accused Ralph Kasambara and who is also representing himself asked Chilinda as to why the investigators failed to follow up on the lead provided by the former president Dr Joyce Banda when she said she knew of the people who shot Mphwiyo.

“Most of the information reaching the higher offices comes from the military, the intelligence and even police officers like us.

“However, by the time the statements were made, we had already started following up on another lead,” said Chilinda.

Mphwiyo’s shooting on September 13, 2013 outside his house in Lilongwe opened a can of worms that led to the revelation of Cashgate, in which public officers, politicians and businesspersons looted billions of taxpayers money.

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Disgruntled taxpayer
Disgruntled taxpayer
6 years ago

Tell JB to come back home and come to testify in court than blowing a trumpet that she is very famous in the land of the Yankees giving lectures in some unknown colleges.Tinamva ife amasokosera mumisonkhano kuti she knew who shot Phwiyo.She is no longer a president now.She can go to the court now.Ife ma taxpayers tatopa kumupanga compensate Kasambara and his fellow crooks.Mary Kachale game yamukulira kuno.Wachepa nazo mzimayiyu.Sayikwanitsa crew ya mbwenumbwenu yongokhalira kuwerenga.

kangaroo
kangaroo
6 years ago

Comment Nkhani iz Chonde zikadatha timve zina tatopa nazo

Namizinga
Namizinga
6 years ago

Munali NDI JB?…..Inu Mbuzi Eti

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
6 years ago

KHAYA ZITHA BWANJI, NANGA MBONI MONGA MAI J.BANDA NAYO A PEREKE MAI AWO.

Jonathan Kennedy
6 years ago

Zochedwetsa apa palibe. Tangofunsani amai omwe adati akumudziwa amene adawombera mphwiyo.

sadick manganizo
6 years ago

Tawona mene zitele

Mojamoja
Mojamoja
6 years ago

If the commander in-chief says she knows the people who shot mphwiyo, why go any where else for evidence?

M23
M23
6 years ago

It say according to Chilinda and that doesn’t mean according to everyone else. Fresh evidence can emerge.

Sichiopakuola
6 years ago

Comment: you are just going around yet you know the destination

Vwatapu
Vwatapu
6 years ago

The whole thing is now misleading. Was the shooting aimed at killing or just inflicting body harm? In other words if you want to kill a dog instantly, do you shoot the head or the tail? In this case, the aim of the shooting is not defined. Was it to stop the stealing or to punish the thieves? It appears the shooters and the shot were all involved in the same game. Yet a lot of time is spent on an action between a misunderstanding between the accused. The nation is actually interested in the people who stole the money… Read more »

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