Police in Rumphi have arrested six people for allegedly forging a letter with the Principal Secretary of Ministry of Local government Kester Kaphaizi’s name in order to rip-off some traditional leaders in the district.

Confirming the development with FaceofMalawi Mzuzu police deputy spokesperson Patrick Saulosi said suspects were arrested on Thursday after senior group village head Brian Mkoweka,65, of Mhango village, sub T/A Chisovya in Rumphi reported to Police that they had been to Rumphi and asked the chief to pay K45 000 after the President elevated 10 chiefs in the district

According to Saulosi the allegedly forged a letter with no government stamp or emblem but bore Principal Secretary of Ministry of Local government Kester Kaphaizi’s name without his signature and it was full of grammatical errors.

The officer further identified the suspects as Blessings Kabuye (38) of Katutula Village, Traditional authority Mwabulambya in Chitipa, Lyton Kamanga (34) of Chivalo village/A Jalavikuwa in Mzimba, Chimwemwe Gondwe (38) from Chikulesinde village/A Chikulamayembe in Rumphi, David Gondwe (39) of Yakobe Singini village, T/A Jalavikuwa in Mzimba, Christopher Chunda (33) of Kamangila village/A Mtwalo in Mzimba and Enoch Mkandawire (21) of Manson Mwafulirwa village, T/A Jalavikuwa in Mzimba.

So far the six have been charged with impersonating a public officer contrary to section 99 of the penal code and cheating (theft by trick) contrary to section 321 of the penal code. The six will also be answering charges of forgery.

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