The man who allegedly sent a death threat to Blantyre City Mayor Noel Chalamanda has been identified by law-enforcers as Charles Mpaya, a former Malawi Defence Force (MDF) officer.
On Friday, 36-year-old Mpaya is said to have sent lawyer Chalamanda a death threat but the law-enforcers reacted swiftly to arrest him.
Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala told Nyasa Times that Mpaya has been arrested on the charge of impersonating a military officer.
“On Friday while the mayor was attending a function at MDF camp in Chichiri, he received a phone call from unknown caller who identified himself as Charles Tery, an officer from Changalume MDF Barracks,” explained Divala.
“In response, the mayor asked the suspect to meet him where he was- the MDF camp- but he refused claiming he was on annual leave.”
Chalamanda, who became unsettled with the call, informed MDF officials of the issue who swiftly mobilized themselves and managed to arrest Mpaya who, by then, was at Chichiri Shopping Mall.
Mpaya was dismissed from the force in 2011, and has been on police wanted-list for a theft offence he committed in Zomba district.
“After this case, he will be referred to Zomba police to be prosecuted on the theft offence,” added Divala.
Mpaya currently in custody at Blantyre police station hails from Ndaulemba village in Traditional Authority Chindi’s area in Mzimba district.