Too bad! Malawi police officer who was asigned to work during a TNM Super League match involving Silver Strikers and Be Forward Wanderers on Sunday at Bingu National Stadium (BNS) in Lilongwe is at large after stealing a booklet of gate tickets worth K150 000.
According to the information gathered by Nyasa Times the police officer whose name is yet to be established and was in camouflage attire was selling a booklet of serial number 12901 and 12300 behind BNS car park.
After he finished selling the tickets he disappeared from the place and some well-wishers tipped Super League of Malawi (Sulom) officials and other police officers about the suspect.
Sulom treasurer Tiya Somba Banda confirmed the development, saying they received a tip concerning the incident soon after the commencement of the second half of the match and they quickly rushed to the place.
“At first we thought the person was selling fake tickets but when we reached the spot we discovered that they were genuine, unfortunately we found that the guy who was in his camouflage uniform had already left the place and we just found counterfoils on the ground and that’s when we noted the serial numbers.
“The reconciliation of our ticket control sheet to the returned tickets and used counterfoils confirmed the stolen booklet as it wasn’t among the returns and that booklet was supposed to produce K150 000,” said Somba Banda.
He however suspect that the problem occured during the hand over time by the gate management supervisor to the cashier that it wasn’t proper as they only recorded the number of tickets given to cashiers without recording serial numbers.
Somba also suggested that maybe during balancing the concentration by the supervisors was only on the cash received.
“Its a very sad development to learn that the one who stole the tickets was on his duty though we are yet to know if he was really a police office or not but at the same time it is also a lesson to us to improving our cotrol systems. We are very hopeful that our police will handle the matter professionally,” said Banda.
The Silver and Wanderers match grossed K18, 907,680.00.
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