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Blantyre Water Board official arrested for fraud

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Police in Botswana are keeping in custody Brian Makoti, who, alongside his friend Obi Liwonde is suspected to have swindled Blantyre Water Board(BWB) of K128 million and fled out of the country last month.

Makoti, who was working as Corporate Client Officer for the board is together with his friend, are said to have opened a Blantyre Water Board Welfare Fund at Nedbank Blantyre Branch where they diverted cheques worth K150 million from Malawi Police Services (MPS) and State Residences between the month of July and August this year.

Officer in charge of Fiscal Police, Assistant Commissioner of Police Isaac Norman, confirmed the development, saying the process of extradition is underway.

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“He was caught by Fiscal Police in Botswana after we issued a red note to International Police (Interpol). The process of extradition is currently underway and is being handled by the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP). Liwonde is still at large but we are hopeful that we will find finding him,” he said.

In an earlier interview, Elizabeth Divala, who was Blantyre Police spokesperson, told The Daily Times that police acted on a complaint that was reported by Nedbank and BWB to Fiscal and Fraud Section.

“The office of the Accountant General confirmed that the cheques were, indeed, from the government. The cheque was from MPS to Blantyre Water Board and MPS confirmed the same. The two also diverted a cheque from State House in settlement of water bills. Investigations have established that Multi Electrical bank account belonged to Obina Liwonde,” she said.

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The two are wanted for conspiracy, theft by public servant, forgery, uttering false documents and money laundering offences.

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