Student swindles Mzuzu university K6m in cashgate style

Malawi Police in Mzuzu Monday arrested a final year Mzuzu University (Mzuni) student for allegedly defrauding the institution of K6.3 million after he created 12 ghost students and successfully applied for their upkeep allowances.

Confirming the arrest Wednesday, Mzuzu Police publicist Martin Bwanali identified the fourth year student as Dumisani Kagunga Kaunga (27) studying Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science.

He said police investigations, which even involved a forensic document examiner, started in August 2014 after the university’s registrar Vyson Jedegwa reported the matter to the police.

Bwanali said the suspect forged student registration numbers, opened bank accounts and managed to process application forms for the ghost students’ upkeep allowances.

“He successfully beat the university system which started depositing K40, 000 upkeep allowances periodically into the bank accounts which he later withdrew. According to the report we received from the university, the money accumulated to K6.3 million,” Bwanali said.

He added that the bank accounts were opened at different banks and branches, namely Standard, Malawi Savings and NBS in Mzimba, Karonga and Mzuzu.

“Perhaps this is why it was even difficult for the banks to detect the trick though the personal Identity cards (IDs) he presented to the banks had similar (his) photographs but different student registration numbers.

“After sometime, Mzuni authorities became suspicious and realized that the 12 students were nonexistent at the university and reported the matter to police,” Bwanali said.

The ghost students’ names included Lumbani Chirwa registration number BICT/2B/04/13, Mc Ferson Msowoya, BSBS/2A/10/11, Moses Mtika, BSBS/2A/11/11 and Peter Phiri, BSBS/2A/17/11.

Bwanali said after initial investigations with university authorities, police later involved a forensic document examiner at Malawi Police Headquarters in Lilongwe.

“We sent the suspects’ original upkeep allowance application form plus a few forms for other innocent students and the forms for the 12 ghost students to Area 30 [the headquarters].

“The forensic examination report concluded that there was high probability that the [ghost students’] documents were authored by Dumisani Kaunga,” Bwanali said.

He explained that there was striking handwriting similarity between the suspect’s application form and the forms of the ghost students indicating that they were all filled by Kaunga.

“When we interrogated him on Monday, he confessed forging the documents but protested that the money deposited into the accounts accumulated to K6.3 million, thereby suggesting that somebody at the university had bloated the amount,” Bwanali said.

Efforts to speak with Jedegwa, who is Mzuni’s official spokesperson, on how Kaunga managed to beat the university students’ registration system and why it took long for authorities to discover the fraud proved futile.

His secretary said he was out of office “actually on the same matter” and she could not provide his mobile phone number to this reporter.

Kaunga comes from Mwabuwira Village in the area of Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi District.

He will appear in court soon to answer charges of theft and altering false documents contrary to section 360 of the Penal Code, according to Bwanali.

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33 thoughts on “Student swindles Mzuzu university K6m in cashgate style”

  1. Mbuya says:

    This shows no recocilation done between ve students intake and cash sent to ve bank work up

  2. Mngoni weni wenj says:

    Why relating to atumbuka. Kodi onse amagwidwa ndamva cashgate wa nda atumbuka. Mudzafa wosauka inu makape. Komanso izi zikungowonetsa Kodi mtumbuka ndimunthu wanzeru, amagwidwa mwanzeru mosonyeza kuti anapita kusukulu osati zomapisa anthu mmatumba or kuthyola nyumba. You will not find a tumbuka kuyitanira ma minibus, zanu amuropwananu zimenezo

  3. Mirella K says:

    I suggest all staff at MZUNI including the illiterate Jedegwa be fired! They are incompetent idiots who don’t even know registration numbers of their students! Stupid educated fools!

  4. Juliana Kanthiti Lunguzi says:

    I can smell an inside conniving here. But at least this guy has shown that he is a genius. How he beat the whole university system? Ameneyu mumpatse honorary degree ngati ija mudampatsa JB. He deserves to be e Dr.

  5. Mphangwe says:

    Atumbuka kuba komanso khalidwe lanu loyipa. Mukupezeka paliponse nkhani ya kuba, kupha ndi chigololo

  6. Bright says:

    Folks, this is not about tribes! this guy messed up! we do not need such characters in our society, our country! its not about who did it? when are we going to learn to criticize objectively and put matters of the national interest in front of us!? can a Tumbuka, Chewa, Yao allow these things to be happening? Not at all! So lets fight corruption/fraud/etc as enemies of the nation and not start pointing at individual tribes! Lets not generalize issues.

  7. namarokoro says:

    Atumbuka bwanji kodi? eeh!

  8. mlalkhoooo says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk kuganiza zolemera kumeneko. Bravo man than kumabera anthu nkhuku.

    if there is an opportunity, utilise it

  9. Mr cool says:

    Very sad, why disrupting ur future like this. Love of money. What goes around comes around. Nw look, the figure has been exerggerated and someone will benefit out of u, u will pay for that thru hardlabour. Very unfortunate

  10. kamfana says:

    Correction of the criminal’s Surname; It is Kagunya, not Kaunga.

  11. Atumbuka onse zii!!!! Pangani pokosotu.

  12. Bernard Banda says:

    This is quite shocking.

  13. Phinifolo says:

    That is why I say there is only one reliable bank in Malawi. It is National Bank of Malawi. Zinazo si ma bank odalilika. Foolish fools.

  14. Anold mwakxy Chitete says:

    mmh!!! men” I cant study at mzuni any more! kkkkkkkk

  15. Pedegu says:

    Eeeee, amene alinayo filimu imeneyi andibwelekeko chonde

  16. Fanz says:

    Its unfortunate, please companies even gvt departments take note of him

  17. Rich CJ says:

    Our fate! Mchitidwe umenewu Malawi angatukuke? This is very good explaination that corruption is in most pples blood.

  18. Mulakho says:

    The making of another Paul Mphiyo. This how he started, stealing UDF money while at Chanco. Now he’s stealing billions from the taxpayers. This Mzuni should be blacklisted by all potential employers so that he shouldn’t find a job in Malawi otherwise cash gate will get worse

  19. Kaligondo says:

    Ndalamayo umangothera ka chibuku poridge ,apa ndiye ulandira ka digree in cashgate

  20. Guguh says:

    Banks and ATM machines have camera’s. Also ask transactions from the bank are recorded and can be verified. It’s so irritating how jobs and investigations are done in this country

  21. Jamison Chagwa Lungu says:

    Ma rubbish business

  22. aha says:

    Such a graduate if gven a top job im govt or elsewhere will desigb cashgates
    Please noone should ever employ him.

  23. embangweni,ekwendeni,emzuzu says:

    Malawi has really developed beyond recognition,we even have Criminal Forensic investigators at Area 30 in Lilongwe, thats very nice

    My advice is that you have to watch more American criminal investigation dramas on TV like LAW AND ORDER and CSI MIAMI they offer good lessons which can help you improve your skills

  24. KK says:

    Iyi ndi connection ya a Tumbuka okha okha. Kuba basi. Tizingomva za a Tumbuka basiiiiii. Koma Atumbuka abale!!!!!!!

  25. The Analyst says:

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    Recklessness at its worst! Simple!
    . . . How could somebody just walk in and register names n numbers without you checking the existence of such names or numbers in the system?. Are you this reckless? Maybe its incompetence! Vuto lolembana nchito pa chibale ndi izi!
    . . . Assuming the ghost students were his brothers or sisters or whoever, they could have been accepted n registered as long as they had a physical presence? You are a very silly joke, I can promise you that!
    . . . How many students might have done this, after this arrested student discovered your recklessness?
    . . . Are you surprised therefore that Mzuzu University is always looked at with a third eye? How come am not? Ask or check around!
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . But seeing beyond the recklessness sees us some collusion in the whole trickery. There is no way any mind can fail to notice this n after such a long time, no matter how silly the mind holder can be!
    . . . Thus, the net needs to be extended to the one accepting the names also.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….
    . . . Nawe Dumisani iwe kufuntha kumeneku at 27? Its good you have been discovered early; you could have taken down some company or business afer college ndithu. But why didnt it tick in your mind that . . .

    “Anything that can possibly go wrong; does go wrong.” – Murphy Law

    . . . And how could you come up with this mastery plan n fail to realise that disputing the K6.3m figure wont save you? Coz even if you reduce it to ten Kwacha, xool yathapotu apa. At fourth year? Now instead of getting a degree, you are getting some jail-time! Zolilitsa makolotu izi! What a way to waste time!
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

  26. SULLEN SILVESTER says:

    The green intellectuals @ work…

  27. Gadabwali says:

    Man, cashgate mwaiyambira patali. Companies and organisations, take note of the future cashgater! But wait a minute, K6.5 million nkhani yafika kale ku khoti, K577 billion and K22 billion ayi ndithu, sinafike ku khoti. When wll the owners of these cases appear in court? Heaven is the only place where we wll be charged equally and fairly. Ambuye bwerani msanga, mudzawakanthe akanganya amenewa!

  28. KHAYA BAY says:

    WOW. I am glad that he has used all northerner names because this university is full of NORTHERNERS. Unlike other Universities. That tells you of NEPOTISM the Northerners cry about. NONSENSE.

  29. Jessy says:

    Munthuyi ndi mtondo! eeeeeee

  30. Tina says:

    Ali ndi nzeru zopusa nazo

  31. KoKolikoko says:

    Biomedical science
    Oky waononga tsogolo lokozakoza mmmm koma bwanawe

  32. Jon says:

    Altering false documents? In the first place, the succulents are already false!

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