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Nyasa Big Bullets official implicated in gate fraud

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By Peter Fote & Mphatso Malidadi

Nyasa Big Bullets official [name withheld] has been implicated in attempted gate fraud for allegedly demanding K750,000 from a gate management firm at Kamuzu Stadium on Saturday.

The incident happened during the People’s Team’s 5-0 drubbing of Mighty Wakawaka Tigers in a TNM Super League match.

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Both Super League of Malawi and Bullets officials confirmed having been notified by the whistle- blower that the said official asked for K750,000 through a phone conversation.

According to whistle blower Gerald Mussa, who is also one of the directors of Glory Gate Management Company, the Bullets official allegedly instructed him to take part of the gate collections for other issues but he declined.

Mussa Monday submitted an official report to both Bullets and Sulom over the incident, explaining how the official wanted to steal gate collections.

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“Well I am here to report attempts to defraud gate collections at the TNM Super League encounter between Nyasa Big Bullets and Wakawaka Tigers at Kamuzu Stadium by [name withheld] of Nyasa Big Bullets Football Club.

“Well, in the course of the game, as the teams returned for second half play, I received a call on Saturday 18th June 2022 at exactly 29 minutes past three pm, asking me [about] the estimated figure of money that we are expected to make at the game,” the report reads.

“At that time, he asked me that if you have a colleague with you separate yourself (by that time I was with Matthew Phiri a fellow director of our gate management company) and then he instructed me to record reduced amount of money after counting the cash, Ngati papezeka K1.5 million uzikalemba K1 million ngati papezeka K1.3 million uzilemba K1 million basi kwinako simuzingochotsera. I need that money [my brother where there is K1.5 million just put K1 million and do the same for the other amounts],” he said.

Mussa said he alerted both Sulom officials and Bullets Business Development Officer Kevin Moyo.

Bullets Chief Executive Officer Suzgo Nyirenda could not be reached for a comment but his counterpart Moyo referred us to Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga, who confirmed the development but said they were yet to summon the official and whistle blower.

“We were put on alert immediately during the game on Saturday and as a club we are yet to open an investigation into the matter. As we speak, it is only a rumour but we will get to the bottom of the matter,” he said.

Sulom General Secretary Williams Banda said they were investigating the issue, having been notified about the incident.

“We are working with the police and Bullets to establish the real issue here. This is a serious matter where we need to work with speed but nothing concrete has been established now.

“Going forward, Sulom will take over the appointment of gate management companies and they will all be asked to apply through our office for scrutiny,” Banda said.

One of the security officers, who did not want to be mentioned, also confirmed the development saying they were waiting for a complaint to officially open investigations.

“It is a criminal offence and the law will likely take its cause upon submission of a complaint,” the officer said.

However, Southern Region Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Beatrice Mikuwa said the matter had not been reported to the Police.

“We don’t have anything regarding that issue,” she said.

Apparently, the game involving Bullets and Tigers grossed K10.8 million, with both teams pocketing about K2 million each.

Ironically, the game between Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and Blue Eagles, which had relatively less spectators, grossed K12.8 million with each team receiving about K2.5 million.

The development comes after Senior Resident Magistrate Akya Mwanyongo on June 9 fined each of the six people involved in the Kamuzu Stadium gate fraud case K150,000 or they could go to jail for a year.

In a 10-minute ruling, Mwanyongo ordered four cashiers to pay Sulom the money they stole and also said that the convicts should not be allowed to work as gate managers while they are serving their sentences.

In April, the six were caught after stealing K437,000 from a match between Wanderers and Sable Farming.

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