In what has gone vibrant on the social media as the reliving of the Biblical story in which Delilah betrayed the mighty Samson, a Malawian a Lutheran Evangelical pastor was arrested after his wife failed to pay back a whooping MK 1.2 Million she borrowed from a Village bank in Chikwawa district.
Police in the lower shire district say that, the pastor, Isaac Siyani, 49 , who administers at Ngabu in Chikwawa spent two good days behind bars after he accepted to settle the dues his wife who was the treasurer of the group had taken.
This is only after the Church members had accepted to pull their pastor out of the fracas so that he keeps on spreading the message of God at the church and not be in the cooler as it were.
Siyani has since been released while whereabouts of his wife are not yet known.
Recently, a chief in Malawi’s Chiradzulu district expressed worry over the increase of disputes from village savings groups in his court.
In an interview with Malawi24, Traditional Authority Ntchema of the district explained that he usually receives cases of people who default on loans and members who run way with groups’ money.
He added that this is leading to seizure of people’s property including houses and land if ones fail to honour agreements, a development which he says leaves the victims in poverty.
“Those who are failing to pay back the money are losing their belongings because fellow members from the group come and take away properties equivalent to the money owed,” he said.
He described lack of good business management and dishonesty of group members as main factors contributing to the increase in these cases.
He asked other stakeholders including government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to help eradicate the problem by providing the communities with skills and education on how they can use the money for their benefit.
“This is a good initiative because it helps many people to have a chance of lending money and start small businesses and be able to support their families.