DPP governor, Police embroiled in K5mil tobacco scam

Malawu Police in Rumphi backed by the Officer in Charge have turned a blind eye to a ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) governor for Kasungu, Oswald Chirwa, who is buying stolen tobacco from farmers in the district despite a government ban on Tobacco vending and intermediate buying.

Deputy Minister of Agriculture Aggrey Massi: Warned of prosecution on immediate tobacco buyers

Instead, police are arresting farmers who complain to the Police about Chirwa’s malpractice.

Last week during the official opening of the Mzuzu Auction Floors, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Water Development, Aggrey Masi, warned that government will prosecute intermediate tobacco buyers whom he said were exploiting and stealing from farmers.

“Government does not condone intermediate buying of tobacco, needless to say that it is illegal as per laws of the land and if anyone is found, they will be prosecuted,” Massi said.

But it appears because of his position in the DPP, Chirwa is immune from the long arm of the law.

Police sources in Rumphi confided to Nyasa Times that Chirwa is untouchable because apart from being a ruling part stalwart, he is also a relation of the Officer is Charge, a Mr Banda.

“We cannot arrest him because of his connections. You know we follow orders in the Malawi Police Service,” said, our source, whom we cannot name for fear of reprisals.

Several attempts to talk to Rumphi Police Publicist Victor Khamisi hit a snag.

This week Police arrested a farmer in the district after he went to the Police to complain that Chirwa had stolen about 4 000 kilograms of Burley tobacco worthy about MK5.6 million.

When contacted for comment Chirwa laughed off the allegations that he had stolen the tobacco saying he bought it.

“Of course as a DPP official and a Malawi citizen am entitled to Police protection. I have no relation in the Malawi Police Service,” he said.

Chirwa, once a UDF member, is no stranger to controversy and is a notorious criminal known for selling government medical drugs, sources in Kasungu told Nyasa Times.

Last month he was also involved in a fracas at the funeral ceremony of Chief Lukwa’s mother in Kasungu because the DPP was not allowed to pay its condolences.

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7 thoughts on “DPP governor, Police embroiled in K5mil tobacco scam”

  1. pathfinder says:

    kkkkkkkkkkk hahahahahahahaha ndiye olemba nkhani a pa nyasatimes amenewo. bodza baasi ati agulitse. munkhani yonseyi mwina chilungamo ndi 10%. mayina a anthuwo ndi amene ali olondola baasi.

  2. Mkwapu says:

    The crook is chirwa from kasungu dpp crook
    Stealing northeners tobacco

  3. Concerned citizen says:

    Shame !! Do you see the mentality of those belonging to the ruling part?. He admits that he bought the tobbacco though it is clearly stated in the report that it is illegal to be an intermediate tobacco buyer. what right is he talking about when it is clear that he is doing some thing against a law of the land. Does he mean to tell us that he is above the law because he belongs to a party in power?

  4. Apa awo. says:

    Rumphi or Kasungu?

  5. sibo says:

    What do you expect from DPP stalwart? Theft and crookedness is in their blood.

  6. pulankhonyo says:


    review your report, it was MCP whose condolence was not mentioned,not DPP

  7. MNDAMBALA BOY says:

    O Cathrine Chimzimu, mwamaliza ndi bodza nkhani yanuyitu apa! hahahahahahahahahahaha! was it DDP or MCP?

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