State House press office has clarified that a man police is holding did not hack the computer network system at Kamuzu Palace but impersonated President Peter Mutharika by defrauding unsuspecting “well wishers.”
According to acting presidential spokesman Timpuza Mwansambo Mwale, the suspect “has so far been charged with impersonation” by the Malawi Police Services.
Police Deputy Inspector General (DIG) responsible for operations Rodney Jose confirmed the arrest but did not disclose the name of the suspect for fear of jeopardising investigations.
State House spokesman said the man who was impersonating President Mutharika “had created an email address [email protected] and his username was appearing as Arthur Mutharikah. As we are all aware, the State President’s Surname does not have an ‘h’ at the end.”
“All these do not belong to the State President, the State House or the office of the president and cabinet,” Mwansambo said.
Mwansambo said the State House computers or emailing systems “have not been tampered with.”
He stated: “We want to make it clear that the arrested man never used any of the email addresses owned by the State President, His Excellency Arthur Peter Mutharika or any of the State House officers.”
Mwansambo added: “We can further state that the arrested man who was impersonating the President was getting money from the victims through the following Bank Account, Robert Seleman, Standard Bank ,Mzuzu branch, Current Account Number 0140020445700 which in anyway does not belong to the State President, the State House or related to the concept of hacking.
“It must also be noted here that The IP addresses that the man was using in sending his emails to his victims do not in any way belong to the State House network systems. “
According to deputy police chief Jose, the suspected crime involved a syndicate, rather than an individual.
He called it “very sensitive matte” and said “investigations are still on-going.”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :