Lutepo has ‘anxiety disorder’ : Judge orders expert examination

Lawyer representing , businessman Osward Lutepo in a case which he is answering charges of attempted murder, Osward Mtupila on Wednesday told the High Court in Lilongwe that his client is currently suffering from ‘anxiety disorder’ and is not fit and well to stand trial.

Lutepo: Not fit and well

Lutepo: Not fit and well

Last year, the court granted the prosecution permission to add Lutepo to the shooting case.

As the hearing resumed Wednesday after a long break marred with judiciary strike, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Mary Kachale sought for an adjournment after realising that   Lutepo was not in the court, a notion which Justice Michael Ntambo denied.

In the afternoon, Mtupila brought a medical report  submitted a medical report from Katoto Masm Medi-Clinic in Mzuzu diagnosing Lutepo with anxiety disorder with recurrent panic disorder.

“According to our observation, the patient needs specialist consultation [psychiatric] for more investigation and better management. The patient has been referred to Mzuzu Central Hospital,” the report submitted to court reads.

The lawyer said Lutepo could “not stand trial” at this moment.

However, Justice Ntambo has ordered the state to find a psychiatric expert to examine Lutepo if he is “normal”.

He also ordered that if he is to be found of sound mind, he should take plea on February 17 in the shooting case.

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.

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.

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Funzo
Guest

How common it is to be ill for a trial! Pinochet, Mubarak, Milosevic, . . . Are they all genuine?

pierra
Guest

The Law’s an ass! same anxiety disorder was ok to make the bastard steal money; but it is not ok to make him appear in court for the crime! am i the only one who can see in this hall of mirrors!

Chikhadabolo
Guest

Plz courts finish this case. Ndikale lija timveko zina

Bwantasa Gomdwe
Guest

I think if the defence alleges that Lutepo seems psychiatric, the prosecution should appl
y for a “Reception Order” that he be committed to a mental hospital until he is fit for trial.

Fearless Citizen
Guest

We are fed up with this Lutepo drama of all the small illness he has because of the cashgate.Why have all these illnesses just resurfaced now during the cashgate case?This guy wanted to make a name being a billionaire who purchased a plane in Malawi.Her incompetent friend Joyce was praising him in rallies to have donated many cars to her corrupt dead pp party.She also needs to come back home and answer charges.We don’t want some useless immunity here.All these Muluzis and Joyces needs to be thrown into jails.Former thieving presidents.

thumbwe man
Guest

You pipo who write to become English teachers on this page, i doubt ur reasoning. Nyasa times continue publishing as per the writers notes. To hell with ur english correction.

Mbalambala
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Umunthu
Guest

When ‘untrustworthy’ Lutepo was being interviewed on Zodia and Malawi Bodza Company (MBC tv) he said he was in hiding. Today, the Lawyer says the guy is sick. Are we not being fooled here? DPP and Lutepo have agreed to a deal. The court must visit the guy

Alungwana
Guest

What about the 92 billion?

may
Guest

I hate it so much…..when a reporter spells words wrongly…check..check ..check..he is not Ntambo but Mtambo..thus why you say Nzuzu instead of MZUZU!! wake up!

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