PP accuses DPP of using Lutepo: ‘Complete picture in K92bn cashgate’

People’s Party of former president Joyce Banda has accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of  using businessman Oswald Lutepo, the chief suspect in the systematic plunder of government money, dubbed ‘cashgate’, to slander Banda and drag her in the matter “to divert attention” to the country’s ailing economy.

Msonda: DPP wants to deflect attention to economic woes

Msonda: DPP wants to deflect attention to economic woes

Lutepo gave an interview on Zodiak Broadcasting Station on Friday to accept that he is guilty in the plunder of public resources and apologised to the nation.

He claimed that though he defrauded government, he was used as a “conduit” and implicated former president Joyce Banda for benefitting part of his cashgate tainted money.

Banda rebutted the claims, saying they are “malicious” and calculated to drag her in the mud of cashgate.

And her party on Saturday through spokesman Ken Msonda also trashed Lutepo, saying he is speaking upon instructions from the DPP government.

PP said they have been aware that Lutepo “has been under intense pressure from the DPP administration to strike a deal “which would implicate our Banda.

“As for the timing we are not surprised either, especially given the current governance, social and economic chaos in the country right now,” reads part of the statement by Msonda.

“We are aware that the DPP Administration would like to deflect the attention of Malawians from their failure to run this government effectively by dragging the former State President Dr. Joyce Banda into the mud, but this will not work,” PP said.

But DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila dismissed the PP statement as “fallacious.”

“It utterly untrue and misleading to link DPP in Mr Oswald Lutepo’s spilling the beans on cashgate. He knows what he is talking about and as long as it’s backed with evidence, it does not need anyone to instruct him to reveal the truth,” said Kasaila.

“We in DPP are keen like all Malawians to hear the truth of cashgate,” said the DPP spokesman.

In the PP statement, Msonda said Malawians are aware that it was Banda’s government which made the decision to seriously fight corruption and plundering of government resources that resulted in the cashgate scam.

“We challenge Mr. Oswald Lutepo’s allegation  that  Dr. Joyce Banda was  involved  in cashgate,  more so when one bears in mind that looting of government resources started in 2005 way before she became the Vice President and State President of this country.

“This is why Malawians are demanding that the government should undertake immediate forensic audit of the K92bn which was looted during the period 2005 to 2012. “

According to the statement, among other things, the K92 billion audit report will reveal some names which have already been implicated in the current Baker Tilly audit report.

“This will give the nation a complete picture of those who have been plundering government resources.”

Lutepo was PP executive member and the party said he came to join the Peoples Party immediately after the death of president Bingu Wa Mutharika in April, 2012

“With hind sight we now believe that Mr. Oswald Lutepo chose to join Peoples Party believing that he could get government cover for his illegal business dealings.  No wonder he is angry and frustrated that the Joyce Banda government arrested him.”

PP also pointed out that Lutepo became a multimillionaire before joining the party as evidenced by his acquisition of numerous multimillion kwacha investments including Naming’omba Tea Estate bought from Chris Barrow at a whooping MK 3bn which he had not finished paying for by April, 2012.

It said that immediately Banda government started sealing all the loopholes through which government monies were being siphoned, Lutepo’s business empire began to crumble.

Msonda said any attempt by the DPP to implicate Banda as being the cause of this governments’ failure to manage the economy is “not only a serious error of judgment but also laughable and counterproductive.”

The Attorney General has since said every Malawian including Lutepo, has freedom of expression, but said he would not discuss the matter in the media opting for a judicial forum.

Lutepo stressed that he is going to give a detailed account on how individuals and companies benefited from the massive looting.

“I want to level the playing field so that everyone involved should face justice,” he said.

He plans to hold a public conference where he will reveal in detail the way they were defrauding government.

Critics question Lutepo’s credibility as he once told the Lilongwe Magistrate’s Court that he lied in his testimony under oath. He is also answering perjury charges.

Lutepo also wrote to the Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale withdrawing his first ‘statement’ claiming that he was forced by former Justice minister Fahad Asani, former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba and special prosecutor on Cashgate cases Kamudoni Nyasulu to write caution statements to implicate lawyers Ralph Kasambara and Wapona Kita.

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clement
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Msonda! Do you think properly? It pains me with your barbaric suggetions.How come DPP wind up Lutepo? Bullshit, if you have nothing to say better keep quit.Every citizen knows better why they are suffering and all these caused by Joyce.Mind you people love DPP whatever and we got money to fund our party not cashgate money.shut up

chosatheka
Guest
I strongly believe that Lutepo is telling the truth, if we can all refer to Joyce Banda’s press conference where she was talking about this matter and went on to say, munthu akaba ndiye katundu obedwayo wapatsako munthu wina, pamenepo wakuba ndi oyambilirayo, the second person can not be called a thief. If Joyce knew that she was innocent, why come up with such statements? I believe she was trying to cover herself. They all all theives and should be prosecuted. Malawians should not suffer just because of a few selfish people – let the law take its course.
chigawenga
Guest

Malawians when will we ever learn that our politicians are only there to steal from us? What we need to do with these corrupt bastards is put tires around their necks. They are nothing but a bunch of thieves. Why we are still trying to listen to their stories is beyond me. Arrest them all and lock them up. or better yet let them face a firing squad that will teach a big lesson to any one with any slightest idea of stealing.

ambele
Guest

You want to know who Oswald is ask those that worked with him when he had OSK Freight (Oswald, Steve & Kaunda) they were clearing tinned beer for Iponga
declaring cottonwool to Customs but goods being beer. Oswald is crooked to the bone. If there is a loophole in MRA, Judiciary , Police even Dem Progresive Party, or the Director of Public Proc he will bribe his way. Munthu ameneyu with advise from cohorts Kasambala
are ready to take Malawi for a ride. Check with drivers for Lutepo then you will know

gama
Guest

mukapitiliza kumpanikiza kuti adzitchula maina tsiku lina adzatchula inuyo ndiye mudzatani? Bola mungopitiliza kufufuzako pa k92bm inabedwayo.

Old APM
Guest

Wina woba K92000000000, wina woba K20000000000 onsewa ndi mbava zokha zokha. zifunika kumangidwa.

VYOTO
Guest
TOTAL RUBBISH. JUST LIKE MPHWIYO , ONE OF THE GREATEST THIEVES WAS MADE A HERO BY THE PP GOVERNMENT THEN THIS EQUALLY CORRUPT AND FRAUDULENT DPP GOVERNMENT WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THE ECCENTRIC AND THIEF LUTEPO ANOTHER HERO????? SMILING AT THIS THIEF LUTEPO IS TOTAL MADNESS AND AN INSULT TO THE INTELLIGENCE OF NOT ONLY MALAWIANS BUT THE WORLD AT LARGE. LUTEPO SHOULD HAVE BEEN IN JAIL BY NOW AND THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD MESSAGE TO THE DONORS????????? MALAWIANS ARE SUFFERING BECAUSE OF PEOPLE LIKE LUTEPO.IT IS HIGH TIME TO USE MOB JUSTICE ON PEOPLE LIKE LUTEPO!!!
Tatyata
Guest

JB Start giving this man likuni phala

haswel bello gama
Guest

a lutepo musanamize anthu.inu ndi amayi mudali pa mgwirizano ndipo mmadyera limodzi kwinaku amalawi akugona ndi njala. amalawi sakufunanso kumva nyansi zanuzo zikutinyansa mwamva? what u want is sympathy kawalala iwe.mwadziwa liti kuti mudalakwa? mwadziwa chifukwa mwagwidwa ndi kulandidwa chuma chanu? mwadziwa chifukwa akutsekerani ma account anu? ufune usafune iwe ndi amayi akowo nonse mulowa mndende!

Mwetere
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My dear Lutepo, During the forth coming public conference try to take the following questions What was your communications like with the infamous cash gate biggest fish? Who was giving you the checks? Who was signing the checks? Who were the signatories of the checks? Which were the paying banks? Were you signing in Checks Register Book for the government? Who is your Lawyer/Let him draft all communications for you so that your reveal should help you in court? Outline all your tangible or documentary evidence in this case including the call logs. Checks are kept over seven years before… Read more »
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