Senior Chief Kaomba of the central tobacco-growing district of Kasungu has been arrested on alleged theft of money by false pretence with two other accomplices.
They appeared in court at Kasungu magistrates court where all have denied the charge but have been remanded to Kasungu Prison – also known as Matchaya prison.
Kaomba’s arrest follows a petition by people to Kasungu District commissioner on Thursday saying that the influential Chewa chief was obtaining money from the villagers as a loan processing fee through his organisation Chilanga Farmers Trust.
He is accused of collecting money which was meant to help him facilitate loans in a form of farm inputs and capital for small scale businesses from an International organisation called Donners Investments loan.
DC for Kasungu Spiwe Mauwa said Donners Investments Loan is not registered to operate in the districts “because it’s not registered ” with Kasungu DC’s
Kasungu Police spokesperson John Nyundo said they investigated the matter and arrested three suspects including Chief Kaomba.
The suspects were taken to Kasungu Magistrate Court where they were formally charged of theft and they all pleaded not guilty.
Chief Kaomba asked the court to give him bail.
But Magistrate Heinz Kachele said he would deliver the bail ruling on March 12 , effectively sending the Chief and his accomplices on remand.