Chinese man arrested in Malawi over K4.2mil forex

Malawi Police at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe on Thursday foiled an attempt by a Chinese national to illegally externalise foreign exchange worth K4.2 million to China.

KIA Police spokesperson Sapulain Chitonde told Malawi News Agency (Mana) the suspect, Liqiong Chen, was scheduled to travel to China on flight number SA171 through South Africa and she was arrested at the Departures Lounge after a search of her hand luggage revealed that she was carrying something in the bag “worth a closer look”.

He said: “When our officers suspected something fishy, they searched the bag thoroughly and found foreign currency hidden at the underside of the bag. The foreign currency comprised 4 175 British pound and 175 euro, all totalling about K4.2 million.”

Chitonde said Liqiong failed to produce supporting documents for the foreign currency, hence the arrest.

Liqiong is 42 and comes from Fujian City in China, but lives in Mapale Location in Mzuzu, according to police.

The suspect is expected to appear before court soon to answer two counts of attempting to transfer foreign currency contrary to Section 11 of the Exchange Control Act of the Reserve Bank of Malawi and illegal possession of foreign currency contrary to Section 25 of the same Act.

Liqiong’s arrest came barely three days after Mana reported another arrest of Lufeyo Chitukula on Monday evening at the same airport when he attempted to externalise to South Africa, 96 200 rand (over K3.8 million) hidden underneath his hand luggage.

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7 thoughts on “Chinese man arrested in Malawi over K4.2mil forex”

  1. kkilembe says:

    Za zii basi. Why arrest them. I think Malawi is the only country that arrests people for carrying meagre amounts of forex. You mean $4000 is money? It is the politicians who externalize forex “legally” and they are the cause of our problems. Even the rich Professor and the Gotsi distributor would agree to this. And they do that in a big way in billions of $$. Release the chinese man. There is not story here.

  2. Ellias says:

    Kodi amwenye bwanji samangidwa?

  3. Winston Msowoya says:

    Malawians are now beginning to know who Chinese are,despite overwhelming evidence of fraudulent and suspicious transactions in our country.First and foremost,we must acknowledge the fact that every project the Chinese undertake in Malawi is not for free,they are not our uncles or our nephews to expect free services.Every project our people pay for and every time,dearly.They take us for granted for being capitulating to whatsoever they demand from us and Africa as a whole.We foolishly forget that trust the devil you know than that you don’t know.Yes the West had been our partners for 100 years,they had their weaknesses,but the Chinese have gone too far.They dominate every sector of economic establishment in the continent.They claim that their presence in Africa enhances the creation of jobs amongst our population.The fact that they bring their own labourers from prisons and local sources,they are not creating jobs for us,but for themselves.Our national wild life are fast dwindling,our mineral resources are being swept away so on and so forth.Africans Wakeup defend our God given resources for our coming generations.Protect Africa from becoming a dumping ground for Chinese fake goods.Long Live Africa.

  4. Boliwoli 2 says:

    Is this true that APM uyu anagwa ndikudwara? Kapena anali ndimatenda kale

  5. :/ says:

    People are always arrested when Forex cover is reduced to zero day like it is at the moment.
    DPP yalephera basi, Ambuye bwerani.

  6. taxman says:

    The Chinese are simply recouping their tax which is given to Malawi government without conditions…….

  7. sam says:

    Eversince Chinese business,an have come here kwacha is depreciating thay should not be allowed to be trading only industries

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