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Cashgate suspect dies in car crash

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By Rebecca Chimjeka:

Cashgate suspect Maxwell Namata died in a car accident that occurred near Mkwichi Secondary School in Area 47, Lilongwe Monday morning.

Cashgate is a term coined to describe massive plunder of public resources.

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Lingadzi Police spokesperson, Gift Chitowe, said the accident occurred after Namata lost control of a vehicle he was driving, Toyota Fortuner registration number BLK 7373.

“He, at about 05:00 hours, was travelling from Bwandiro location heading to Area 47 and, upon arrival at Mkwichi Community Day Secondary school, lost control of the vehicle due to speeding; hence, swerved off the road and overturned,” Chitowe said.

He said results of an assessment by hospital officials established that Namata died due to internal injuries.

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Namata was one of the suspects in a case in which former budget director for the Ministry of Finance, Paul Mpwhiyo and others are answering charges of loss of the government’s K2.4 billion.

Namata was in 2015 sentenced to eight years imprisonment following his conviction on theft and money laundering.

However, early this year the Supreme Court of Appeal, acquitted him on the basis that his conviction was based on unfounded evidence

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