The first grade magistrate court sitting in Mchinji recently convicted and sentenced a renowned Mchinji based businessman to pay a fine of K10,000 for implicating police officers to have stolen his K15 Million cash.
The court through state prosecutor Sergeant Chipiriro Kalimira heard that the businessman commonly known as Chitipa but bearing real names of Eckson Mbughi, 31 and two others were arrested on June 12, 2017.
“On the day of his arrest Chitipa sent two of his employees Limbani Guma, 43 and his Driver Wedi Mulenga, 26 to Lilongwe where they collected cash amounting to MK15,000 000”.
“It was later reported that on their way back home, the driver who was driving a motor vehicle with registration number BS 7265 Toyota Colora did not comply with traffic regulations by failing to stop when he was signaled to stop by traffic police officers who were conducting routine traffic checks at Kapanila village within the district”, said Kaitano Lubrino Mchinji Police Publist.
Kaitano further said the two were later confronted at Kamwendo Roadblock over their character where the driver also conducted himself in a manner that was likely to cause a breach of peace.
“This prompted the police to detain him and impounded the motor vehicle. Later on his colleague Limbani Guma took the bag where there was the said cash and delivered the money to the owner Mr. Chitipa”, continued Kaitano.
It is believed that this did not go well with him, he therefore tried to connive with him that he should not reveal having taken the money from the motor vehicle hence he reported to police high authorities implicating four police officers who were Manning Kamwendo police Roadblock to have stolen his money.
“Orders were given for the allegation to be investigated by a highly powered team of investigators. All parties involved were called but Chitipa insisted that the officers indeed stole his cash”, confered Kaitano.
It was later discovered that the man wanted just to blackmail the police for impounding his vehicle. This revelation prompted the State to charge him with giving false information to a person employed in the public service which is contrary to section 122 (b) of the penal code.
Three people were intercepted and all admitted the charge before His Worship First Grade Magistrate Major Phiri who found all of them guilty of the charge.
In his judgement, his worship Major Phiri stated that the act in which the convicts portrayed damaged personal character of the officers concerned thereby denting the image of the whole Malawi Police Service.
He therefore imposed the maximum fine for the offence which is K10,000 for each convict while the driver was fined K80,000 for failing to comply with traffic regulations.
The convicts are; Eckson Mbughi, 31 of Ipenza village under Traditional Authority Kameme, Faina Kilembe, 21 who hails from Lutita village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwaulambia, while the driver Wedi Mulenga, 26 hails from Sokola village under Traditional Authority Mwenemisuku and they all come from Chitipa district.