Electricity Supply Corporation (Escom) employee is currently in police custody for allegedly using forged Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) and a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc) in Electrical Engineering.
David Maluwa, who works as a Faults Operator at the Escom’s station in Lilongwe Old Town, was arrested on Thursday afternoon 25th February, 2016 in a joint operation by Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB), University of Malawi (Unima) and Malawi Police Service.
Maneb Public Relations Officer, Simeon Maganga told Nyasa Times, Muluwa is suspected to have forged and uttered a 2007 MSCE with six points and a 2013 BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Malawi (The Malawi Polytechnic).
“A search on the day of the arrest further showed that Mr. Maluwa had three other genuine certificates at MSCE level, one obtained in 1998, the ones in 2009 and 2013; and had a 1996 Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) but bearing the name Wyson William Kasauka,” explained Maganga.
Maluwa is expected to be arraigned in court on the count of forgery and uttering false documents, contrary to Section 360 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, law-enforcers’ investigations on the matter are currently underway.
Maluwa’s arrest comes hot on the heels of another arrest of Misheck Mikaya on similar charges earlier this month.
Mikaya, 38, who hails from Kasungu, worked as a driver and joined Escom in 2004 using a suspected
fake MSCE. The case is still in court.
Earlier this month, Maneb also arrested two employees from the Malawi Postal Corporation (MPC) a cleaner/messenger Gibson Mgadamika based at Lumbadzi Post Office in Lilongwe and Mzimba Post Office Assistant Giddiness Chaima on similar charges.
Further, Maneb arrested Samson Mweso, a Lumbadzi-based businessperson who assisted Mgadamika to forge the MSCE at his photocopying bureau.
Mgadamika and Mweso were convicted on their own plea of guilty and were sentenced to a suspended 18 months imprisonment with hard labour and a fine of K30, 000.
“Maneb would like to thank management of Escom and MPC for the corporation. Further, Maneb continues to appeal to companies (and training institutions) to be sending certificates of their employees (and students) for vetting so to eradicate forgery and uttering of false certificates,” added Maganga.
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