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Police officers implicated in duping scandal

THREE police officers have been implicated in a scandal involving a civilian who was allegedly impersonating police officers and was duping people to give him money in exchange of recruitment into Malawi Police Service (MPS).

The suspect, 28-year-old Herbert Mhango revealed that he was in the deal with three other police officers who the police have refused to disclose their identities.

However, national police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, confirmed the development and that three police officers were implicated. “The information that I have is that the suspect is on remand at Limbe Police Station and the three police officers who were implicated are currently being investigated,” he said.

However, Kadadzera could not disclose the amount of money Mhango and the alleged three accomplices received from people.

“Let me find out the details for you because the case was being handled in Blantyre so I will get back to you together with the names of the police officers,” he said.

The syndicate was revealed when Vincent Nyadani from Thyolo complained to have been duped by Mhango.

“I met him [Mhango] through a friend and he told me to give him K150,000 for the whole process [of being recruited into MPS]. In August last year I met Mhango in Kanjedza where I gave him K60,000.

On November 9 2016 Mhango gave me a letter that I could be recruited with the current [police] trainees and this time I gave him K30, 000.

“But in January this year, a friend of mine called me to say Mhango had been arrested and I followed up the issue with Limbe Police Station where I was requested to give a statement but since then, I have not heard anything from the police,” he said.

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