Lutepo gets 11 years jail for Malawi cashgate

High Court Judge Redson Kapindu from Zomba Registry has sentenced up to 11 years imprisonment chief cashgate convict Oswald Lutepo.

Lutepo, who was convicted on his own plea of guilty to two counts of conspiracy to defraud government and money laundering, looked grumpy after the sentence was handed down to him.

The convict,  who has been using a wheelchair since December last year, addressed reporters in court before his sentence was passed, still implicating former president Joyce Banda (JB) , claiming the former president used him to siphon K4.2 billion kwacha from public coffers.

Lutepo, 37, was already a billionaire when he joined People’s Party (PP) in 2013 as director of recruitment. He previously was member of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where he made most of his fortune including buying Naming’omba Tea Estate.

He addressed a news conference like a VIP that he has no criminal mind and that cashgate crimes was political.

Lutepo: Sentenced to 11 years IHL

Lutepo: Sentenced to 11 years IHL

“Joyce Banda used me. She knows how she used me,” claimed Lutepo to reporters.

In a prepared message to reporters, Lutepo who was with his relatives, well-wishers, police officers and his lawyer Oswald Mtupila said JB should know that “love is more important than anything else. Using someone is a sign of lack of love,”

Lutepo was still adamant , claiming he is “ a good role model to the youths.”

He said: “ I was able to contribute to the country’s development by offering employment. I did not get rich because of cashgate, I had businesses before.”

Without shame, the cashgate prisoner said: “I insist, my conscious is clear that I didn’t steal from government. How could I get hold of government money on my own? The money was  for them,”

Lutepo has since pledged to fight for minority rights in prison including homosexuality.

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Aron mawindo
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11yrs zachepa chifukwa wapha miyoyo ya abale athu kamba kosowa mankhwala mzipatala akanakhala moyo wake wonse.

Denguzman
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NGATI BOMA LILI SERIOUS ZOTHETSA KATANGALE MUDZIKO MUNO NTHAWI YAKWANA KUTI BOMA LILAMULE A ACB KUTI AYAMBE KUFUFUZA ANTHU AMBIRI AMENE AMANGA MANYUMBA AWO MUMA NEW SITE MU LILONGWE KUTI NDALAMAZO ANAZIPEZA BWANJI COZ AMBIRI MWAIWO NDIMA CIVIL SFRVANT NDIMA FAKE CONTRACTORS. Apo biii cashgate siidzatha.

madalitso makanjira
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Asala anzakeo

James
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Zaka 11 ndizokwana koma 1.7b zili pati?

mbwiye
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apatu ife tiwotcha ndende za dziko muno amangeso okhaokha mbava za dpp kaye anthu anji mukumanga anthu olakwa kumene akale ayi we are not happy with this onse ofuna mademonstration plz plz imbani ku

bruce lee
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Wakula watha ukamacheza ndi mbava ndi choncho chobwera chimakhala cha nonse whether you do with them or NOT

Eddie Mangilani
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Zayambapo onse omwe anaba alowe basi osawanyengerera

Robert Zingani
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Good! This shows that Professor Peter Mutharika is good and a democratic,DPP woyee!

Malapwa Lapwa
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Akulu akulu kawirikawiri tisamayankhule kapena kunyadira kwambiri nzanthu akaona mabvuto ngati awa ifenso ndi anthu ngati m’bale wathuyu,Chaonatu nzako chapita mmawa chili kwa iwe,ndipotu moto akuti umayaka komwe kwasala tchire,muzifunse kuti ngati mumalakalaka kupeza mwawi wokabwereka nawo ndalama mmabungemu komanso osafuna kapena kulepheranso kubwenza,ndiye mwawi ngati umenewu ukanakupezani simukadalola inu? Ndiye amene sadachimwepo ayambe kumugenda mwala uyu!

Hoitty
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Imagine a scary state machinery like Dausi, Masangwi, Ngalande and president approach you to use your company to steal govt money. It would take the presence of the Holy spirit to give you courage to say NO. This was the same with Lutepo and other cashgate suspects who were approached by PP machinery and senior civil servants to steal govt money. Ukakana siuphedwa poopa kuti ungaulule? Ngati company zako zili ngati za Lutepo zodalira macontract a boma ma contract suwaonanso zikatere. Imagine how big company like Mullie suffered under PP nde kulili afinye kampani xing’onozing’onozi? z

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