By October 6, 2016

Police in Mchinji have arrested three people who claimed to be Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) officers and stole K180,000 from customers.

Mchinji Police spokesperson Kaitano Lubrino identified the three as Patrick Brown, 26, Felix Jacob Gwagwala, 28, and Shamil Banda, 25.

He said the trio who live in Area 36 in Lilongwe were arrested on Monday at Kamwendo trading centre in Mchinji following a tip-off from a patriot.

Lubrino said all the suspects were found wearing garments such as overalls and boots while one among them had a fake Escom identity card.

escom impersonators

In the hands of Police.

One of the trio’s victims, 43 year-old Magret Biliati of Kamwendo who was duped of money amounting to K100, 000 told police that on Friday September 30, the three approached her claiming that they were officials from Escom.

The men claimed that they were on a project of meter-migration and repositioning and that they were mandated to inspect her houses.

Following this information, the woman gave them access and after their inspection they alleged to have detected an illegal connection to one of Biliati’s houses hence the demand for the fine.

The victim paid K100,000 after being threatened to pay K700,000 as fine if the issue was to be brought to the attention of top Escom bosses.

Police investigations have already established that the suspects also stole money from three other people within Kamwendo trading centre using the same tricks.

So far, the suspects have confessed to have obtained K180,000 which the police have since recovered.

Escom Security Supervisor for Central Region Electricity Service Classwell Chikatelo Kainga also told police that the suspects are not officials from the corporation and pleaded for wider investigations as they may have stolen more money from clients.

The suspects will appear before court soon to answer charges of impersonation and theft contrary to section 389 and 278 of the penal code respectively.

Meanwhile the police are appealing to the general public to report as soon as possible any suspicious acts in order to avoid being victims of tricksters.

Patrick Brown comes from Kadzuwa village T/A Kachindamoto in Dedza, Felix Gwagwala hails from Mose village T/A Mabuka in Mulanje while Shamil Banda from Nsundwe T/A Kalolo in Lilongwe.




44 Comments

  1. Ku Escom amavala zimenezo?

  2. zitsiru kwambili Mmene Magetsi akuvutilamo kumasilila Kukhala wa Escom

  3. Asalmbane ndi amenewo,k180,000 ndi chaniso? Escom yalepheresa ife kupanga ma million coz of their blackouts,

  4. Agalu amenewa amaba kwabasi

  5. They much go for it and face penalty

  6. Kapena ayambisa escom ina osati iyi yothimathimayi

  7. mumayitha ndiinu madolo mudya chani pa town pano

  8. Hustle lift em up waguana em

  9. kukadakhala kuno ku Lilongwe tikadaotcha akubawo

  10. Si Iwo koma mavuto apamalawi ndiye awapangitsa

  11. ovololo ya Escom iwowo sayiziwa or what but any way anaganiza bho

  12. Nga Phiri says:

    umphawi wanyanya kumalawi

  13. Aaaaah zoziyamba dalatu izi

  14. Zaumbava zayambila kulikulu ngat kuli kuamanga muyambile kulikulu kenako iwowa.

  15. Malawi Walero Eeee!

  16. Osanamizila akuba magesi akakuvutan akuba aliphe

  17. Ntchito yakura amathandiza ntchito pofuna kuchepetsa kuthimathima kwa magetsi kkkkkk

  18. A shamil kusiya xu kuja munapeza imeneyi et kkk nde akaz anu ayalukatu ku xu

  19. aaa zaukape ku malawi kuli magetsi kkkk anthu amenewa anasodi chochita ndithu kuzipaka kuti ndi a ESCOM zovetsa chison kkk

  20. Harlod Phirih says:

    tawasiyeni mesa akuthandiza kuthesa ma Blackout sinanga makapewa akanika

  21. Prince Kunyeko, Yusufu Abubaker ??

  22. Anthuwa alipo ambiri.

  23. Ibani Guyz Mtsogoleli Ali Kunja Akamabwela Adzapeze Titaononga Ma Domo Ajaso Anafunika Fast Wakuthyoloyu Asanafike

  24. Put them in hell

  25. Apapatu ndiye enawoso amangidwe sinanga wonsewa amapanga chinyengo ndi weni nyumbawo.

  26. Ameneyo nde NYASALANDE ,The home of Breaking Newz

  27. Amawona ngati kuchenjera

  28. Anyamata apa town

  29. Tiye nazoni guys

  30. Mene magets akuvutiramu ndie mumati asamawaseweretse…? Aaaah mulibho gents…

  31. Choncho tixawaumbudze a BOSCOM wa?

  32. Amama Malawi Wabwino Uja Pano Alikut
    Muhmmmmm

  33. kkkkkk mwapulumuka aphwanga kuno mudakavekedwa mateyala ndikuyatsidwa moto. osamakalima bwanji

  34. Adyera kuti zinthu zikuvuta pa malawi

  35. Kkkkkk…koma, mMalawi ndchan!

  36. kkkkk malawi watsopano uyu

  37. Kuzisaka anyamata pa town