Malawi Police make ‘first Facebook arrest’

Malawi Police has made what is thought to be the first Facebook arrest after an “offending” comment on the social networking site concerning comedian Michael Usi popularly known as ‘Manganya’.

Alick Aufi wrote on the on the “wall” of a Facebook account belonging to his friend Don Fraser Nkosana about Grace Nkosana who is also Don’s mother.

He posted a picture of Grace Nkosana in tinted glasses with words “A stinking bitch”.

Then he wrote, “Do you know who she is? She is Manganya’s girlfriend.”

In another posting, he wrote, “Let de reality be de reality, I don’t care kaya wina ziphweteka, ziphweteke kumene.”

The postings were made on 6 February 2012 at 9.40 am.

Grace felt offended and took the matter to police who later arrested Aufi.

Blantyre police confirmed the arrest of Aufi.

A source revealed that Aufi is one of the people who have been used to implicate Manganya in various defamatory stories.

“There is a comedian who also comes from Mulanje (Bon Kalindo also known as Winiko) who sends these boys and girls to dent the image of Manganya because of getting kicked out of Tikuferanji TV play,” the source said.

Three ladies also revealed that the same comedian used them to implicate Manganya but later they revealed the plot.

Malawi security agencies are said to have a system that enables them to ‘spy at will’ social networking sessions on a massive scale.

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