The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has asked members of the general public to be vigilant against some unscrupulous individuals, who are reportedly posing as MDF soldiers and collecting money from job seekers on the pretext that they would be recruited as soldiers.
MDF’s public information officer Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda said the military has not embarked on any recruitment exercise.
Banda said “some heartless and unscrupulous fraudsters” posing as MDF officers are duping the general public of money by claiming that they are recruiting soldiers.
“In some instances victims have been contacted via phones by people purporting as MDF officers. In this regard, we are urging all Malawians seeking employment into the service to disregard money-for-job offers by any individual,” the military spokesman said.
MDF has not sanctioned any recruitment process within the country, according to Kakhuta Banda.
“ MDF further informs the public and job seekers that recruitment matters are advertised in the media and under no circumstances will MDF accept any form of payment for employment,” he added.
In an interview, Kakhuta said the MDF has received complaints from victims across the country but that no arrests have so far been made by the police or the MDF.
“We are working hand-in-hand with the Malawi Police to track the culprits but meanwhile, we are appealing to members of the general public to report those involved in such act to nearby MDF installations or police stations. Once these people are caught, the long arm of the law will take its course,” he warned.
Deputy national police spokesperson Mable Nsefula said Police are doing everything possible to see that such bad eggs in the society are brought to face the wrath of the law.