Recently jailed Cashgate convict, Oswald Lutepo, has said he is contemplating appealing against his 11-year jail term.
Lutepo, in an interview at Mikuyu Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre on Friday, said he expected a lenient sentence from the court after he pleaded guilty and helped the State with necessary information.
He said the court did not consider his mitigating factors, among them being a first offender.
Asked how he was considering himself a victim of Cashgate and at what point he realised he was being used, Lutepo said responding to such questions would be like starting another trial.
Meanwhile, it has transpired that Lutepo and fellow Cashgate convict former chief tourism officer Leonard Kalonga who was also convicted for siphoning K3.7 billion are dumped at Mikuyu Juvenile Rehabilitation Centre in Zomba.
Prison authorities confirmed that both Lutepo and Kalonga are being kept at Mikuyu, a former detention centre during Hastings Kamuzu Banda’s regime, located in Zomba, off Jali Road.
But Lutepo, in an interview, on Friday said he has not yet met Kalonga at the prison.
The High Court in Lilongwe convicted Kalonga after he pleaded guilty and told the court that former budget director Paul Mphwiyo told him that the money which was being defrauded from government was meant for campaign for former president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party (PP).
Initially, Kalonga denied charges of theft and money laundering involving K105.9 million which he allegedly stole from the ministry between July and October 2013.
He was charged with money laundering and theft by public servant.