Dedza Police is keeping two gate cashiers in custody for allegedly stealing K218,000 during the TNM Super League match between Dedza Dynamos Salima Sugar and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers at Dedza Stadium on Sunday.
The two, identified as Chikaiko Msinde, 25 and Lawrence Kasiya, 29, work for D and S Event Managers.
Dedza Police Public Relations Officer Edward Kabango confirmed the arrests saying the two pleaded guilty when they appeared before a court Monday.
“We are indeed keeping in custody two cashiers of D and S Gate Management Company after they were found with the money belonging to Super League of Malawi in a TNM Super League match between Dedza Dynamos and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers. They appeared before the court and the case has been adjourned to Thursday,” he said.
In a statement issued Monday, Dedza Police Deputy publicist Cassim Manda alleged that while collecting gate fees, the two were seen hiding money in their pockets.
He said the pair was caught red handed by a Wanderers fan who saw them sharing the stolen money.
“The two suspects were arrested and later taken to the station where upon being searched, Police found the said amount of money inside their pockets.
“The two have since confessed that an official from Sulom requested them to steal from gate collections. Meanwhile, Dedza Police have instituted an investigation,” read the statement which Manda signed.
Dedza Police Station has since applauded the Wanderers fan for bringing a fruitful tip which resulted in the arrest of the two cashiers and recovery of the stolen money.
Msinde and Kasiya hail from Kasekaminga Village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza district.
Sulom President Tiya Somba Banda said the situation was worrisome as people do not seem to learn from other people’s mistakes.
“We are in touch with authorities on the ground to ensure that we get deserved closure. The development is quite unfortunate and rings louder the calls of reviewing our gate collection strategies,” he said.
Meanwhile, D and S Company Director Sumani Kaunyolo said his firm does not condone fraud.
“This is the more reason we cooperated with the Police in handing over the suspects. We are totally against what happened on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that when the company is busy putting all the resources and strategies in line with Sulom and teams requirements in curbing gate fraud, some selfish young men are thinking differently,” he said.
Kaunyolo said the money was recovered and given to the teams.
“We regret this and as a company we have learnt this with shock,” he said.
This is the second time this year alone that a TNM Super League match involving Wanderers has recorded gate fraud after a similar incident happened at Kamuzu Stadium during the team’s match against Sable Farming.
On that occasion, four gate cashiers were arrested for allegedly stealing over K400,000.
In June, Blantyre Senior Resident Magistrate Akya Mwanyongo slapped the four gate cashiers with K150,000 fines each after finding them guilty of stealing proceeds of gate collections.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.