Cashgate suspect Oswald Lutepo has pleaded for media and public patience on the whole truth of the Capital Hill looting saga that has seen him suspended from President Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP).
The businessperson is accused of stealing K2.6 billion of public money stemming from payment he allegedly received, despite his company International Procurement Services not providing any service to government.
Since his arrest in November 2013, social media has been awash with reports of “inside information” suggesting that Lutepo has implicated a number of PP and government officials for their hand in the cashgate.
The most recent suggested that Lutepo told the police that a former principal secretary (PS) in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) got part of the money and shared with, among others, another PS.
But in an interview on Monday, Lutepo urged the public to “wait for the justice system to take its course if people want to hear the truth.”
“My statement remains a private matter until it goes to court. I am not here to say who I implicated or who I saved,” he said.
Lutepo, who is currently on bail, also faces an intimidation charge alongside former budget director in the Ministry of Finance Paul Mphwiyo.
Former minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, accused of conspiring to murder Mphwiyo, wanted to privately prosecute Lutepo and Mphwiyo on intimidation charges before Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Bruno Kalemba took up the matter.