Impersonator of Malawi President created fake email to swindle – State House

State House press office has clarified that a man police is holding did not hack the computer network system at Kamuzu Palace but impersonated President Peter Mutharika by defrauding unsuspecting “well wishers.”

Timpuza Mwansambo: With the coming in of technology does not bar anyone from creating email account or accounts using anybody’s name from anywhere, and that in anyway cannot be called hacking.

Timpuza Mwansambo: With the coming in of technology does not bar anyone from creating email account or accounts using anybody’s name from anywhere, and that in anyway cannot be called hacking.

According to acting presidential spokesman Timpuza Mwansambo Mwale, the suspect “has so far been charged with impersonation” by the Malawi Police Services.

Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) responsible for operations Rodney Jose confirmed the arrest but did not disclose the name of the suspect for fear of jeopardising investigations.

State House spokesman said the man who was impersonating President Mutharika “had created an email address [email protected] and his username was appearing as Arthur Mutharikah. As we are all aware, the State President’s Surname does not have an ‘h’ at the end.”

In addition, the suspect had other fake email addresses which include; [email protected] and [email protected]

“All these do not belong to the State President, the State House or the office of the president and cabinet,” Mwansambo said.

Mwansambo said the State House computers or emailing systems “have not been tampered with.”

He stated: “We want to make it clear that the arrested man never used any of the email addresses owned by the State President, His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika or any of the State House officers.”

Mwansambo added: “We can further state that the arrested man who was impersonating the President was getting money from the victims through the following Bank Account, Robert Seleman, Standard Bank ,Mzuzu branch, Current Account Number 0140020445700 which in anyway does not belong to the State President, the State House or related to the concept of hacking.

“It must also be noted here that The IP addresses that the man was using in sending his emails to his victims do not in any way belong to the State House network systems. “

According to deputy police chief Jose, the suspected crime involved a syndicate, rather than an individual.

He called it “very sensitive matte” and said “investigations are still on-going.”

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40 thoughts on “Impersonator of Malawi President created fake email to swindle – State House”

  1. OGO!! says:

    So his name is Robert Seleman, yet you don’t want to disclose the id of the culprit? If he has been found hwo else is involved mukamati to avoid jeorpodising investigations?

    Anthu a boma awa amaona ngati amalawi ndiopusa basi.

  2. popapo says:

    Does it mean it is easy to get money if you are a State President ? Can the people who gave out money be investigated and reveal their names please. They should be charged with giving out money to soften the presidency for favours. The Culprit has given us some very important loop holes in our Presidency, you might find the givers are the very people who pretend to be well wishers all the time.

  3. bid biht says:

    muluzi stole donor money bingu likewise and now its this idiot.malawians dont be blindlolded this is peter stealing

  4. Patrick Majoni says:

    Its complicated.If the guy is not guilty,what is being investigated?

  5. NFL says:

    Robert/Nick: Thanks foropinions. I may have an interest to check on involving any kind of gains in your SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION strategies once this really is put in place.

  6. John M says:

    What ever you can say to back what Peter is doing. But this will be revealed!!!!!!!! Shame on you!!!!!

  7. Lekani says:

    Peaple should learn to respect their leaders no matter what. Theres no way anybody can use the president’s name for no reason. This guy has some explanation. Discipline him and let him know that this is Malawi,democracy did not come with indiscipline.

  8. KUKHALA says:

    MR ACTING PRESS OFFICER YOUR ALLEGATIONS ARE NOT MAKING SENSE AT ALL. MASICONA A POLITICS A WA. THE ARTICLE IMPLIES THAT PETER IS DEFRAUDING GOVERMENT INTENDED FUNDS FROM WELLWISHERS . WHY MENTION PETER’S BANK ACCOUNT HERE. IT ALL TAKES PLACE IN MALAWI. HIS LATE BROTHER BINGU WAS BANKING THE MALAWIAN SHARE OF PROFITS FROM KAYELEKELA MINE BUSINESS IN HIS AUSTRALIA BANK ACCOUNT. NOW PETER COLLECTING & BANKING DONOR MONEY IN HIS PERSONAL ACCOUNTS AND CONTACTS VIA PERSONAL EMAL(S).

  9. gaba says:

    ngati sizikufanana ndiye mwamugwiliranji?

  10. kaphaizi says:

    Nkhani yosamveka iyi. Account name doesn’t match your president. You idiots think before you talk

  11. kapindula says:

    State House is confused lot. Account doesn’t belong to the president. Where is impersonation here? This person is Arthur Mutharikah not Arthur Peter Mutharika? These are two different names. Already you have rightly said president name doesn’t have an h at the end. So where is impersonation here. Bastards at statehouse are alll idiots trying to impress Peter. If I were peter the president I would have fire all these mwansambos Jose and others. By the way timpuza mwasambo you are also impensonating timpuza mwansambo mwale wina wake wa ku ntxhisi nkulu wa dabwe. Be careful

  12. Rev G Soko says:

    alowe nkhoti chilungamo chidziwike.

  13. kapindula says:

    Mwasambo ndiwe mwalenso? Lophera a wemba ku state house kapena?

  14. Bonzo says:

    So release the man. Muthalikah and muthalika are not the same. Bull shit and stupid police.

  15. is muthalikah same as muthalika?? hu iz impersonating here?? hw many ppo use the name ”peter” for example?? Tiimpuza come forward n xplain clearly othawise ts nt adding up at all. ppo use diferent usernames some almost similar but y caling dis one impersonating?

  16. mangochi Kabwafu says:

    No 15, street names and plot numbers? Which country are you talking about, Malawi or the UK? Kikikikiki

  17. Its funny to see may senior government officers using yahoo.com, gmail, ymail etc for official communication! How safe are these as once in a while we here people have had their accounts hacked, or somebody somewhere is stranded and is looking for a thousand dollars or!Reforms should tackle this

  18. NYAKWAWA says:

    hahahahahahaha!
    Tangonenani chilungamo kuti inali njira ina yamakono yolowa m’malo mwa IFMIS to syphone donor funding.

    This is called “PALACE GATE.”

    Munthuyo mwamugwira just to blindfold donors kuti anali munthu wina pamene ndi…….

  19. Malindima says:

    There are too many scraps on our roads and it has become so hazardous too.Bringing too many cars- ziziyenda pati ngati kuli misewu yammbiri?i I could have liked also that over and above higher import duty, we should also pay a monthly road access tax,environmental tax for pollution and the Cities: Mzuzu,LL, Zomba and Blantyre should implement toll gates on all roads entering the cities.Kunyera pa msewu nkulinga mbalume.

  20. Akubawo Ndi Ambili Ena Akulankhulawo Atha Kukhala Mugulu

  21. THE VICE PRESIDENT KNOWS HOW TO PLAY AROUND WITH THAT TYPE OF SYSTEMS: E-MAILS., MOBILE PHONES, COMPUTERS AND THE LIKE. ASK HIM TO ASSIST YOU POLICE.IT SHOWS THERE IS SOMETHING FISHY — IN THE WAY TRANSCATION WENT, THE MAN IS NOT ALONE. TIMVA BWINO ZONSE. POLICE DO YOUR JOB THANKS.

  22. Achimidzimidzi says:

    When you say,’impersonating the president’ you mean the president also swindles people money? But may be in a different way.

  23. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    At first I wondered about the capability of our police to net an internet hacker. now the story has changed. Who gave out the story from state house? How would a well wisher deposit money for the president in a Mzuzu account with a different name? Makes no sense. Mr Timpuza Mwansambo, now calling himself Timpuza Mwansambo Mwale, better tell us the motive of this game.

  24. kalekeni says:

    Chozemba chidakumana ndi chokwawa, nonsenu mmadziwana, mwangotaya mugwirizano omwe munapangana poyamba. Kodi inu apolisi, a pulezident account yawo anayamba apatsapo munthu wina ndi pin yomwe? nanga malipiro awo abwana sakulowa ku account kwawo? Kodi zithandizo zomwe ife a Malawi timathandidzidwa ndimayiko akunja zimalowa ku account kwa pulezident? Dikirani floodgate yikubwera.

  25. Seleman? says:

    Nobody opens bank accounts without proper IDs! So the person should be real otherwise the Standard bank cannot open account without ID details, including water bill, map where he stays etc….lets be real!

  26. special advisor says:

    This seems to involve “impersonating”, “fraud”, and ” theft by false pretense”. Include all the big legal terms. BUT again, why does Malawi Government think that national identification and registration is not a priority among priorities. Why don’t we have proper residential addresses, with street names and plot numbers. We need to know who is who and who lives where.

  27. Here we go again says:

    this man is a ginyis i think he has vindicated to yis how the president yse his power to get money from people. It gives me doybt and its awkward to note that the accsed man ysed accont names that are far from president names

  28. special advisor says:

    This seems

  29. SMM II says:

    Ok? So the government is trying to distance the president from this fraud and victimise the this guy just because he use the president’s name? I is the president’s name a protected brand or a protected name? You say the man used the name Mthatlika(h) with an H at the end instead of Mthalika which is the correct president’s name, so how is he impersonating the president because the president’s name does not have an H at the end?. Peter is a name that doesnt belong to the president alone, so how is he impersonating the president? If he had written like this: “The President of the Republic of Malawi Peter Arthur Mthalika”, then I would agree with you that the was impersonating the president. Leave the man alone, find real issues to say.

    The issue is not even adding up. The man asking for aid is the president but the account where money is deposited does not belong to the president, dont you think the money senders were stupid if at all this the truth. How could they deposit money intended for the president in someone else’s account? The government is trying to tell us something but they are failing put it in a right statement.

  30. Patriach says:

    This is just utter bollocks. mukuti he created gmail accounts to impersonate our countrys president and people fell for it. I do not know of any president that does not use an official government email address to communicate with other people. Uyo mwagwilayo he is just brain washed by all these scams pa internet. Ma hacker eni eni kuno aliko koma there is nothing to hack for here i know.

  31. mxii says:

    ATimpuza mumaziwa chani za hacking Inu? But what is the connection between having a Gmail account with Peters name and depositing money in an account? but we do need online education for the masses in Malawi

  32. Bongololo says:

    No Our president want Malawians to be free in doing things,but this doe sent mean we should go beyond bounderies we need to respect the president of our country ,.

  33. Tseketseke says:

    Mbwerera Basi mukungofuna munthu wina wake mchipani mwanumo or you want to divert people’s attention from the economic pangs that have encapasculate the country.it clearly shows that the person will not be guilty and u are just putting the country in a dock of shame globally.stupid!!!!

  34. MCP GVT says:

    What bank account was used to swindle K92 billion & the so called 13 bn. I tnk wina anaba mwachizibambo & wina mwachizimayi. What e-mail address was used to commncte to the then victims like kayerekera? Hey! U guys release the innocent guy immediatly. He was only applying his IQ to make ends meet.

  35. Kadakwiza says:

    Such incidents happens only in Malawi. We will hear more.

  36. I don’t think a Policeman or state house computer experts can conclude this matter in technological resolution. It seems clearly that the man in question is not very far from being innocence here. I can use any name and any email address that fits my required need. If the issue of receiving some monies through his bank account… to me this sound quite parallel from the truth. How dare or stupid can a money giver release money meant for the country to a President’s personal account if indeed this would have been the case of receiving some monies under Mzuzu branch? those so called victims must also be put on trial why were they sending money to that account and for which agreement. Do you guys tell the nation that account belonging to the President some people throw in some debt? This is what we called Flat case it will just end in suspence ICT issues are very difficult to deal with since ICT is like dealing with human brain surgery…. You need to find an ICT wizard to assist you police guys to find the truth panokha simukwanitsa mungomulakwirapo munthu mukuti mwamugwirayo.

  37. Peter Nkosi says:

    Why are the police still holding the accused? Why has he not been granted bail? After all, the mega-looters from cashgate are all out on bail.

    I see that it is alleged that gmail accounts were used by the accused. For Malawi, that has a hint of credibility to it. When the presidential jet was being sold, the contact e-mail addresses for the multimillion dollar deal were freebies such as gmail or yahoo. It would not surprise me in the least if the head of state himself is forced to use gmail; you know, like a Nigerian, 419 scammer.

  38. TICOON LI says:

    Will Comment Later We Need To Talk The Fruad Strings And Its Risk More Detailed Especially In Malawi. Its High Time People Have Been Victimised Untill Something Happens Or Is Connected To High Persons Its When We Shed More Light And Start Making Noise Asd If It Didnt Exsist

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