DPP says murdered woman not Cashgate key witness

Malawi’s Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Bruno Kalemba has clarified that an officer from Accountant General’s department Dinala Kadyanji who was murdered in the capital Lilongwe on Monday was  not a key witness in the cash-gate cases underway in court.

Dinala was murdered on Monday evening as she was travelling to her home in area 23 in Lilongwe.

Earlier reports had indicated that that the deceased Kadyanji, 45, from Zam’mimba Village (V/G), Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsamala, Balaka District was a key witness in the cashgate cases.

Kalemba: The deceased was lined up to testify in any cashgate cases
Kalemba: The deceased was lined up to testify in any cashgate cases

But the country’s top prosecutor said on Wednesday that she was not a key witness.

“We have heard the story [but she] is not our witness in any of the cashgate cases and we had no intention to call her as a witness,” Kalemba told a local radio.

The DPP said all Cashgate witnesses are being provided State security and that suspects are under surveillance.

“We have always provided security to state witness in each and every cases,” said Kalemba.

Lilongwe Police Public Relations Officer, Ramsy Mushani said group of unknown thugs on Monday evening attacked and killed Kadyanji as she was travelling to her home in Area 23 in Lilongwe.

“The woman was coming from church on her car between 7.00 to 9.00 o’clock in the evening and she tried to make her way into her house compound unknown criminals ganged at her and drove her. The body was damped at Kanyandula Village near Chiuzira Trading Centre in the early hours of Tuesday,” said Mushani.

Postmortem done at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) showed that the deceased died due to severe head injuries.

Mushani said the vehicle of the deceased Toyota Vox BS 386 was found abandoned at Chisala Village near Dickson Trading Centre in Lilongwe.

According to police, no arrests were made as of Tuesday afternoon but investigations were still on.


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