Royal Motors directors charged with fraud, land grab in Blantyre

Fiscal Police of Blantyre on Tuesday placed fraud and obtaining property by false pretence charges on directors of the Royal Motors Company, Abdul Mahomed and his wife Amina Mahomed.

Abdul Mahomed

The couple is being accused to have forged documents that facilitated them to grab a vast farmland belonging to Lunzu Estate Limited in Malawi’s commercial capital, Blantyre.

The land under dispute is near the Blantyre Campus of the Kamuzu College of Nursing (KCN) next to Kameza Roundabout of the Chileka International Airport Road and is reported to be owned by the Matewere family whose last remaining shareholder was the late Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, Colonel Matewere, after everyone had died.

A senior officer in the Fiscal Police in Blantyre, John Petro, told the family on Tuesday afternoon that the law enforcers had finished their investigations and had established undeniable evidence that fraud and an attempt to obtain property by force pretence took place.

In December 2019, a source privy to the issue told Nyasa Times that Abdul Mahomed of Royal Motors and his friends forged signatures of General Graciano Matewere and Colonel Matewere and transferred the shares to themselves thereby stealing a 150-hectare piece of land under Lunzu Estate Limited Michiru 14.

This prompted the Matewere family to drag the Mahomeds to court.

Both the Matewere family and Mahomed confirmed about the legal suit in a separate interviews with Nyasa Times.

One of the family members alleged that Mahomed was not aware that one of the directors is still alive when he forged the documents.

“The letter of administration by the High Court judge was issued that the Matewere family are the sole administrators of the estate. However, there is a fake documentation of resignation of directors of the Matewere family, which the Colonel and other directors are not aware of,” said a family member who sought anonymity.

He added, “There is no company resolution to sell or to transfer shares to Abdul Mohamed and his Asian friends at the Registrar of Companies. Every document is sanitised by a law firm, Ngombe Company, who died long time ago. The documents seem to have been done in 2003, but backdated to 1995.”

The family member further stated that the forged signatures resemble and are “:very uncommon and different from their real signatures”.

It is believed that all these fake transactions were done when Colonel Matewere was in the Democratic Republic of Congo on peacekeeping mission from 2002 to 2006.

“These Malawians of the Asian origin must have been aware that he is away and General Matewere had just passed away that time. So, they took advantage to forge his signature to facilitate the transfer of ownership. The lands registrar was not aware of the change of ownership of the company and the land,” he claimed.

Mahomed refused to comment, saying his lawyer was better placed to talk to the media.

“The matter is in court. So, I would prefer you talk to my lawyer. I will text you his phone number soon,” he said.

However, Mahomed did not send the contact number of his lawyer. He also did not pick subsequent calls.

The Matewere family has since hired private practice law firm, Salimu and Associates, to represent it in the case.

The court is yet to set the date to start hearing the case.

The fight over the ownership of Lunzu Estate Limited is coming hot on the heels of another battle over the ownership of Livimbo Schools in Lilongwe.

Chancellor College-based political and social commentator, Blessings Chinsinga, observed in one of his papers recently that within the Malawi’s land policy context; there are a range of malpractices that tend to disadvantage the poor natives.

Chinsinga cited bureaucratic petty corruption that occurs in the allocation of publicly owned land as one of the challenges poor Malawians face to acquire land.

“For example, the Lilongwe Land Allocation Committee is supposed to allocate land within the city, but in practice the committee is bypassed and its efficiency suppressed by the actions of ministers, principal secretaries, business magnates and other influential persons in society who pressurise government officials to favour particular applications.

“Having purchased Makande Tea Estate in 2001 from one the European settler farmers, the government decided to donate it Thyolo District Council for distribution to the people in the district. The beneficiaries were supposed to be land-poor and landless households with property value of less than MK20 000, but it later turned out that many richer persons acquired land on the estates,” he says while quoting Holden et al., 2006.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

0 0 vote
Article Rating
14 Comments
newest
oldest most voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
SAUNDERS
SAUNDERS
5 months ago

To me this looks like it was done during the era of UDF 1994-2004. UDF leader then dubiously took land from ITG where there is RAIPLY now. Raiply only acquired to operations of ITG not the Land and the then President acquired the ITG land in Chiwembe which ITG used to plant trees, dubiously and sold it to several Asians in Limbe, some have constructed housing estates, warehouses and shops. If one can get records pertaining to ITG land you will discover fraud and incosistent records. In the case of the land in question, proper investigations will lead people to… Read more »

Scorpion
Scorpion
5 months ago

Malawians should investigate all asians living in the country, these people have one foot in uk and the other in malawi.Trusting them is like trusting a wild cobra.these corrupt people will never learn
Malawi leaders are easily bought there was only one leader who was never corrupted kamuzu banda only he knew how to deal with these people.

Wilson Nkwanda
Wilson Nkwanda
5 months ago
Reply to  Scorpion

These people go to UK when they grow old and Malawi is their fortune. They can’t help to develop this country but take the money they make in away. In Malawi, politicians are destroying this country by their actions or inactions. We need to review the Lands Act because it seems the Malawians of Asian origins are taking advantage of the weak lands laws that we have and exploit it. We a bunch of lawyers in Malawi who ill-advise these Asians on who to approach and make their dirty land deals. One day our children and grandchildren will wake up… Read more »

Tinkie
Tinkie
5 months ago

I know this issue. This is the land for Gaddafi Gaddafi Hospital where blantyre district hospital was meant to be. I met the HRM of toyal motors 4 or 5 years ago when I was working at bt dho . He met me with his papers claiming that the land belongs to them …This land belongs to governments and we created the title deeds etc under the ministry of planning and development. They cant win this.

Scorpion
Scorpion
5 months ago
Reply to  Tinkie

No matter how strong the evidence these peole will buy themselves out.the system is corrupt the authoritoes and administration is contaminated.

Mtete
Mtete
5 months ago

Mark my words some high profile government officials are part of the scam. How can land transfer be made without the knowledge of the the Land Registry, Commissioner for Land etc etc. They must have known and are part of the dubious deeds.

Mwenye
Mwenye
5 months ago

Malawi sun is building a hotel on bypass road
He has not paid for the land the completion certificate was issued without development charges.
Acb should investigate

Mwenye
Mwenye
5 months ago

This is why you should not buy land in a country where everyone is corrupt.The lawyers will make more money than the value of the actual land in question.
God Bless Africa..Ohh wait…God was first to leave Africa Amen

Farouk Imtiyaz
Farouk Imtiyaz
5 months ago

Royal Motors should prove to the Court Payment of Proof paid to the Real owners

Scorpion
Scorpion
5 months ago
Reply to  Farouk Imtiyaz

There you go birds of feather go together

Joni
Joni
5 months ago

Mufunseni bwino bwino akuuzani kuti DPP yinali momwemo yimangosusa palipose………

Word
Word
5 months ago

It’s simple of no money was exchanged through official channels through a cheque then this is clearly as it looks fraud.

Word
Word
5 months ago
Reply to  Word

It’s simple if****

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
5 months ago

kodi Vuwa
sanalandile yokwanila

shares
Read previous post:
Mtambo appoints ‘Lord Denning’ as spin doctor of his political movement

Politician Timothy Mtambo, a former firebrand human rights activist, has announced the appointment of Negracious Al-Majiduh Justin, who is a...

Close