Ex-Cashgate convict dies in road accident

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A former convict of the infamous Cashgate scandal Maxwell Namata has died in a road accident in Lilongwe.

The accident occurred in the early hours of Monday 19 November.

According to Lingadzi Police spokesperson Gift Chitowe, the deceased who was driving a Toyota Fortuner, upon arrival at Mkwichi Community Day Secondary School lost control of the vehicle due to speeding hence swerved to extreme off-side of the road and overturned.

He was coming from Bwandiro heading to Area 47 in the city.

In 2015, Namata and his accomplice Luke Kasamba were handed eight and five years custodial sentences respectively on two accounts of theft and money laundering contrary to Section 35(1)(c) of Money Laundering and Terrorist Finance Act for the amount of K24 million.

However a panel of three judges in the Supreme Court of Anthony Kamanga, Lovemore Chikopa and Reizene Mzikamanda overturned the sentencing, effectively releasing Namata.

Post mortem results at Kamuzu Central Hospital show that death was due to internal injuries.

Maxwell Namata aged 43, hailed from Kunena Village, Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka district.

 

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