…JB gave suspects millions to frustrate Chakwera from contesting
…Lutepo exonerates Ralph Kasambara: I was forced to protect Mphwiyo
Cashgate Convict Oswald Lutepo has implicated former Malawi President Joyce Banda in the Paul Mphwiyo shooting case currently under way in Lilongwe saying the cashgate convict was forced to implicate Ralph Kasambara in order to protect Paul Mphwiyo from the cashgate.
Lutepo who previously named Joyce Banda as the architect behind the cashgate scandal that resulted in the looting of over K554 billion between 2012 and 2014 testified today that the former President gave him millions to frustrate Lazarus Chakwera from winning the Malawi Congress Party presidential candidacy. According to the testimony, Joyce Banda ordered Lutepo to hand Pika Manondo K10 million to finance John Tembo’s campaign materials leading up to the MCP convention.
In a turn of events, Lutepo who is serving 11 years for cashgate related crimes has conceded that he was forced by the then Malawi Police Deputy Inspector General Nelson Bophani to implicate Ralph Kasambara in the shooting of then Malawi Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo.
The attempt on Mphwiyo’s life led to the discovery of the cashgate scandal. A forensic exercise by British Auditors established that K24 billion of public funds was stolen between April and September 2013. Another audit analysis by Pricehouse waters Cooper (PwC) found that K553 billion of the K570 billion was uncounted for during the two years that Joyce Banda was president.
Ironically, a few hours following the shooting Joyce Banda said on 14 September that Paul Mphwiyo was targeted because he was fighting corruption. She said that she knew people who plotted the shooting, a claim she currently denies making.
Ralph Kasambara, MacDonald Kumwembe, Pika and Dauka Manodo are suspected of plotting the shooting.
— Suzgo Khunga (@suzgokhunga) January 27, 2016
Mrs. Banda, who has been on a self imposed exile for over 1 year and 5 months maintains her innocence in the multibillion kwacha looting.
The trial on Mr. Paul Mphwiyo shooting continues.