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Another Cashgate suspect pleads guilty

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A suspect in the ongoing Cashgate trials yesterday pleaded guilty to charges related to looting of government’s K12.9 million.

The suspect, Esnart Nenani Ndovi, took plea at the Senior Resident Magistrate’s Court in Lilongwe.

When Senior Resident Magistrate Patrick Chirwa read out the charges, Ndovi pleaded guilty to both of them, thereby becoming the fifth Cashgate suspect to plead guilty.

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According to the charge sheet, she committed the offences of “lending certificate for personation” and money laundering.

“Esnart Nenani Ndovi in and around the month of August 2013, in the city of Lilongwe, being a person lawfully issued with a certificate of business registration in the name of Fusion Limited by

the Registrar of Companies for purposes of carrying out trade as a contractor, lent or agreed to lend her company’s registration certificate to Oddoi Kamange, a public officer with the intention that the said Oddoi Kamange would represent himself as the legal owner of Fusion Limited for the purposes of obtaining payment to government,” read particulars of the first count.

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After she accepted the charges, state prosecutor, Michael Kalonga, read Ndovi’s caution statement in court, which he later tendered.

He also tendered to court a bank statement.

Meanwhile, the magistrate is expected to convict Ndovi today.

Later, another state prosecutor, Imran Saidi, told the court that Ndovi had already committed to pay back the money involved in the case.

He said she had committed to surrender her Toyota Hilux, registration KA 6688, whose value he said is K15 million.

Ndovi becomes the fifth Cashgate suspect to plead guilty. The first one was Tressa Senzani. Recently, Oswald Lutepo, Leonard Kalonga and Khuzo James Bandula Chirwa also pleaded guilty.

Once the court convicts her today, Ndovi will become the 10th Cashgate convict.

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