Bullets fan caught with gate money, freed after case is withdrawn

The Dedza Magistrate Court has suspended the case involving a man suspected to have been a Big Bullets fan  arrested for being suspected of stealing gate collections during a Bullets FC and Kamuzu Barracks’ Super League match at Dedza Stadium on Sunday.

The match, which ended 1-all grossed about K3.5 million and each of the two teams went away with K763,262, an amount that also went to ground owners- Dedza District Council

The suspect, Gift Clifford Mleme, aged 30 from Gumba Village T/A Nkalo in Chiradzulu District , was arrested after he was found with K247 000 whose source he could not explain soon after the match.

He was expected to answer charges of theft contrary to section 278 of the Penal Code, according to Dedza Police Publicist Edward Kabango.

Kabango told Nyasa Times in an interview that the case has been withdrawn by a Mr. Kaphwiyo, owner of Target.

Kabango: Case withdrawn
Kabango: Case withdrawn

“The case has been withdrawn by Mr. Kaphwiyo.  It was withdrawn this afternoon before the Dedza First Grade Magistrate,” Kabango told Nyasa Times on Monday.

Mleme pleaded guilty to the charge when he appeared before Dedza First Grade Magistrate Court on Monday before the case was suspended later.

Kabango said Kaphwiyo withdrew the case on grounds that he got back the money.

According to Kabango, Mleme admitted stealing the money in his caution statement but that the police had no choice but to oblige the directive from the Kaphwiyo since the case was between the complainant and the suspect and not the state and the fan.

Super League of Malawi (Sulom) is yet to make a statement on the issue but Malawians wondered how a supporter
could travel all the way from Blantyre just to help in handling gate collections.

Others also wondered why Kaphwiyo withdrew the case when there was evidence that the suspect had stolen the money.

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