The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Mary Kachale on Monday, August 31, 2015 has told the high court sitting in Zomba on the on-going Lutepo’s cashgate case that People’s Party (PP) regime used the stolen money from government to disrupt Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s 2013 convention and elections by sponsoring one of the presidential candidates.
The development comes as the court has set Friday, September 4, 2015 for the final ruling over the chief cashgate suspect, Osward Lutepo who pleaded guilty on June 15, 2015 to two counts of conspiracy to defraud government and money laundering.
The DPP Kachale said Lutepo’s disclosure has revealed that the stolen money was used to fund PP regime’ 2014 tripartite elections where he served as the party’s recruiter director apart from sponsoring an MCP presidential candidate during its 2013 convention to the tune of MK11 million.
Kachale has however commended Lutepo for his disclosure in declaration statement saying it was good for the country’s democratic governance.
“His (Lutepo) declaration statement raises the issues of political party financing, this is a good governance issue. From the evidence gathered we leant that People’ Party gave MK11 million to one of MCP Presidential candidates to disturb the 2013 MCP’s election and convention in order to influence the outcome”, reveals DPP Kachale.
But she refused to disclose the name of that MCP Presidential candidate that doing so would impede on-going investigations over the matter.
Surprisingly Kachale after commending Lutepo for his revelations, has asked the court to jail Lutepo to 10 years to be broken down into two, nine years for money laundering and one for conspiracy to defraud government but Lutepo is seeking for leniency and custodial sentence.