LILONGWE (MaraviPost) — Special prosecutor in the Cashgate cases, Kamudoni Nyasulu, yesterday indicated to the High Court in Zomba that the new charges brought in to chief suspect, Osward Lutepo, have jumped from K3.1 billion to K4.3 billion.
Nyasulu said this was as a result of further investigations which have revealed that more money was stolen.
But lawyer representing Lutepo, Osward Mtupila, denied to take plea on the new charges, arguing they were served with the notice late.
Lutepo’s case, in which he was initially accused of stealing and laundering money, has now been amended to possession and money laundering.
Speaking after court hearing presided by Justice Radson Kapindu, Nyasulu said there were some bank accounts which were not checked; hence, the amendment.
“New evidence has been brought to our knowledge that the money in question is actually more than what was earlier presented in court,” said Nyasulu.
According to Nyasulu, the State has already filed for the amendment of the new charges.
He further said the case, which will start from September 4, will parade 14 witnesses who include three investigators and 11 civilian witnesses.
Lutepo, who pleaded not guilty to all the charges leveled against him, said his team is not trying to delay the case, “but justice must be served at all costs”.
According to him, his team did not have enough time to look at the new charge sheet as they were served with it yesterday and had to travel from Mzuzu the same day.
He is also answering a case of perjury in which he claims that former Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Bruno Kalemba, former Justice Minister Fahad Assani and Nyasulu forced him to write witness and caution statements to implicate former Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara and lawyer Wapona Kita.