A Blantyre –based businessman Hassam Jussab is being accused of conspiring to commit blackmail amongst Asian business community in Malawi.
The former football administrator, through his brother Joe, has been making a series of phone calls to reporters to use them as scape goats in blackmailing fellow businessmen.
A Nyasa Times reporter was asked by Joe Jussab to go threaten a fellow Asian trading as Associated Supplies that they have a “damaging story” of them importing tyres into the country illegally.
However our reporters denied taking action.
Jussab also asked to provide more “dossier” on Abdul Karim Batawalala concerning what he called “bootleg deals”.
He also claimed Malawi Revenue Authority had snatched vehicles from Ocean Cars but the tax collecting body denied the matter.
According to some Asians, Jussab has been intimidating some businesses claiming to an agent of the intelligence organ of the State.
In November Police in commercial capital Blantyre are investigating claims that two Asians are allegedly blackmailing members of the Asian Business Community.
Asian businesses are reported to have complained that a Malawian of Asian origin has been phoning around intimidating them with arrest threats as and blackmailing that he has connections with State House where he will seek their amnesty from prosecution.
Police also said the suspect is linked to another probe of trafficking sex workers from South Africa to Malawi on a prostitution ring.
National Police deputy spokesperson Kelvin Maigwa said police treat instances of blackmail very seriously.
Recently, Police in Lilongwe have arrested a Malawian of Asian origin for allegedly blackmailing people following reports that wealthy businesspersons mostly of Asian origin have been issued with threats of having their children kidnapped.