Airtel disqualifies K1m winner, plumber wins in new draw

Airtel Malawi has disqualified its first Airtel Money ‘Kutola Chikwama’ Promotion K1 million winner after being found to be in breach of terms and conditions of the competition.

Miracle Kumwima, who claimed to be an airtime vendor, won the weekly grand prize last week before she was discovered to be an employee of one of the Airtel’s distributors.

Another winner, Isaac Mazaza who won second prize of K50, 000 has also been suspended after being noted to be an uncle to Airtel Money Marketing Manager, Masiye Mazaza.

According to set terms and conditions, any employee of Airtel or its agents, affiliated companies or distributors and their families and relations are not allowed to participate in the competition.

Santhe (left) and an official from Lotteries board: Conducted new draw
Santhe (left) and an official from Lotteries board: Conducted new draw

Airtel Money Country Director, Andrew Santhe said they had already communicated with the disqualified winners before conducting a new draw to select new winners.

“For the fairness of the competition and to abide by the set regulations, the company decided to disqualify the last week’s winners. We talked to them and they understood the situation,” said Santhe.

Santhe dismissed suggestions that they overlooked the two disqualified numbers, saying it is impossible to note the illegible contestants until the draw is done.

“We can’t decipher any number that participates in our competitions. It can only be known once the draws are done; that is why we moved in swiftly to disqualify the two after it was noted they have direct relationship with the company, which is in contrast with set regulations”.


Following the disqualification of the two, a new draw was conducted through which a Lilongwe Area 49 based and self-employed plumber, John Saidi won the K1 million grand- prize.

In an interview after winning the prize, said who sounded excited said would use the money to support his extended family which include some orphans and his late mother’s sister.

This Week’s Draw

And in this week’s Kutola Chikwama’s draw, which is also the second draw of the promotion, a Malawi Mango IT officer, Samuel Lunganga won the K1 million prize.

Lunganga said has been participating in all Airtel competitions and was glad to have finally won, revealing he has been using the Airtel Money to buy and send airtime.

Airtel Money Kutola Chikwama promotion was launched on August 2, 2013 with main target to excite customers sample out the newly introduced Airtel Money service under the country’s leading mobile network.

The competition expected to end on September 26, 2013, will see lucky winners pocketing K1 million weekly aside other prizes which include airtime to be given out to other selected winners.

Santhe disclosed so far, Airtel Money has managed to register 360, 000 customers and that the level of transaction is increasing on daily basis.

“The competition is so far highly successful, it has managed to push up our transaction on daily basis, which reflects how customers have embraced and are pleased with the new product”.

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