Malawi cops racket exposed: Swindle Burundi business community

Two police officers at Mangochi police station are awaiting a disciplinary action after conceding that they have been using their positions to swindle money from the Burundi community running various businesses at the main town who asked the police to conduct regular patrols around their premises for maximum security on their property.

Inside sources told Nyasa Times that instead of presenting the matter to the authorities at the station the two police officers, inspector Enock Tembo and sub-inspector Harrison Nogwe took it upon by themselves and asked the Burundi business community that they should be paying K80, 000 per month which they said was for buying fuel for patrolling.

According to the sources the two were sometimes using the motorcycle to conduct their duties around the business premises of the unsuspecting Burundians.

However the sources say the deal was exposed when the two were assigned to the function where President Joyce Banda was elevating TA Mponda to Senior Chief when the leader of Burundi business community, commonly known by his first name Christopher alongside his business counterpart, Juma, stormed the police station in person and left the money meant for fuel to the station officer Foloko Gama -a former presidential guard commander.

Kachikuwo: Informed the officiers were receiving money for a year
Kachikuwo: Informed the officiers were receiving money for a year

“This caught the station managers unawares and he later referred the matter to the police officer- in charge Elija Kachikuwo who also feigned ignorance. But the Burundians told Kachikuwo that they had been giving the amount for a year to the two officers (Tembo and Nogwe) for fuel as response to their earlier request for security from the police station”.

During the hearing the sources say both Tembo and Nogwe admitted having receiving the money from the Burundians for a year on behalf of the police station but were failing disclose where they are keeping the money.

“The two are currently awaiting the verdict from the authorities,” the sources say.

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