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Airtel, TNM call for support to curb fraud

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Joyce Chitsulo

By Wezzie Gausi

Local mobile phone service providers, Airtel Malawi and TNM, have called for support from security agencies to eradicate fraudulent transactions in the telecommunications sector.

Officials from the two companies Thursday told the parliamentary committee on Media that the existence and usage of mobile phones in prisons could be the epitome of the fraudulent activities.

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Airtel Money Country Director Polycarp Ndekana said, for the country to eradicate the vice, there was need for joint efforts.

“We have been sending out messages warning people to refrain from revealing their Airtel Money pin or entertaining any calls from people asking for money but, still, people are being duped,” Ndekana said.

TNM Chief Executive Officer Arnold Mbwana assured the committee that his company had put in place systems to be tracking the perpetrators.

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“Through our new system, we are able to track down people doing the malpractice but, still, we need the government to play its role in helping to arrest people aiding this practice in prisons,” Mbwana said.

The committee’s chairperson Joyce Chitsulo assured the companies of her committee’s support.

“What is happening on the ground is very pathetic and if we continue like this, a lot of people will end up being duped. We will help to make sure that responsible officers should investigate how and why prisoners are doing such things,” Chitsulo said.

Recently the Chief Resident Magistrate Court in Zomba sentenced a prison warder to two years imprisonment with hard labour for aiding the supply of SIM cards to Zomba Central Prison inmates.

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