Business magnate Leston Mulli, Friday brought business to a stop when vendors, passers-by spotted him entering the Lilongwe New Building Society (NBS) at around 3:45pm.
Tens of vendors and passers-by sealed the Banks entrance and held a 60-minute vigil waiting for the Mulli Brothers Managing Director to “address and throw money” to them.
As time ticked by without Mulli in sight, the group kept on swelling and some young men held up fresh unsheathed cobs of maize, mimicking the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) logo while others kept themselves busy washing the business tycoon’s car, despite the rains that had started pouring heavily.
At exactly 3:45 pm Mulli, who apparently used a back exit of the bank, appeared from the right side of the bank and he, shielded by an umbrella silently approached his car but he was quickly spotted by the waiting crowd who descended on him the way a mob descends on a thief – except that this mob was chanting in praise of the businessman.
Mulli managed to get into his car and he slowly drove off.
But soon after Mulli’s departure, a commotion ensued involving a woman, and two men whom it was later learnt Mulli had given cash to share with the rest.
Things turned sour as men and women descended on the three but the two young men managed to run away in different directions with the cash, spilling new fifty kwacha bills in their haste.
The pursuers were visibly torn between chasing the young men and picking up the fifty kwacha notes some of which were washing away with rain water.
Meanwhile, the remaining group had descended on the woman and fifty kwacha banknotes could be seen flying up and down until two armed police officers emerged from nowhere and took the woman away.