Couple arrested for duping school leavers in Zomba: Impersonated as World Vision Malawi workers

Police in Zomba have confirmed the arrest of a couple from tea growing district of Thyolo for alleged offence of impersonation and cheating.

Zomba Police assistant spokesperson Constable Patricia Sipiliano identified the suspects as Steven Kathonje, aged 30, and his wife
Gloria Kathonje, aged 23.

She said the two are being accused of duping money from school leavers on the pretense that they were working for World Vision Malawi (WVM) and told them that there is a vacancy.

“Steven has been going around Zomba City telling school leavers of the existing vacancy at his office World Vision Malawi.

“He told them that they stand an opportunity to get employed once they apply through him. The offence is contrary to Section 386 of the Penal Code,” she explained.

She said the first suspect (Steven) engaged his wife to make calls to the applicants, while disguising herself as an office secretary,
informing them on the proposed dates for the interviews.

Adds the assistant police spokesperson: “One of the applicants became suspicious of the whole thing and went to World Vision offices in Zomba where he was told there was no such a vacancy.”

“They collected K30, 000 from Cresco Likwezembe, K6, 000 from Yamikani Ligomeka and K3, 000 from Davis Milanzi all from Chinamwali location promising them jobs at Thyolo World Vision offices which never materialized,” Supuliano said

Supuliano also said Jacob Mazibuko Programme Manager for Zomba Office reported the matter to police and the couple was arrested at their home in Chinamwali where all the letters of application were also recovered.

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