Another employee for Malawi Postal Corporations (MPC) and a driver for utility body, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) are currently under police custody for allegedly using forged Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) certificates.
Police in conjunction with Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb) arrested Giddiness Chaima, 30, who works as Office Assistant at Mzimba Post Office and Misheck Mikaya, 38, who works as a driver for Escom in Blantyre.
Chaima was arrested on 8th February while Mikaya was arrested on Friday after Maneb’s MSCE certificate vetting exercise exposed that the said certificates were forged.
According to Maneb Public Relations Manager Simeon Maganga, Chaima used the forged certificate to secure employment at the government-owned postal services provider, MPC.
“According to records, he wrote MSCE examination in 2002 and failed but now possesses a fake certificate that he used to secure a job at Malawi Postal Corporation,” explained Maganga.
Chaima appeared in court on Thursday, and is currently remanded to prison awaiting trial which starts on 17th February, 2016.
He has since engaged a lawyer from Legal Aid to represent him.
Chaima hails from Jiya village, T/A Somba in Blantyre while Mikaya hails from Kasungu district.
The two are expected to be charged with altering a false document contrary to Section 360 as read with Section 356 of the Penal Code.
In related development, two people who were arrested in Lilongwe over a forged MSCE certificate appeared in court on Thursday and pleaded guilty to forging a document.
The court has set 17th February, 2016 for sentencing. The two Gibson Mgadamika, 29, and Samson Mweso, 28, are still in police custody.
Mgadamika works as a Messenger at Lumbadzi Post Office while Mweso, who actually forged the certificate, owns a photocopying bureau at Lumbadzi trading centre.
The two were arrested on Tuesday 9th February, 2016 following investigations by Maneb in conjunction with central region police.
Mgadamika hails from Kalama Village, T/A Khomgoni in Lilongwe district while Mweso comes from Mungombwa Village, T/A Wasambo in Karonga district.
Mgadamika is said to have confessed during police interrogation that the MSCE certificate in his possession was forged.
According to information, it was Mweso who influenced Mgadamika- a holder of Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) certificate- to have a forged certificate.
Mgadamika is reported to have paid K1, 500 for the certificate.
Section 360 of Penal Code provides that any person who knowingly and fraudulently alters a false document shall be guilty of an offence of the same kind and shall be liable to the same punishment as if he had forged the thing in question.
And Section 356 provides for a maximum sentence of 3 years imprisonment for forgery.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :