Egyptian national arrested in Mzimba for destroying Mk10,000 in full view of police officers


Police in Mzimba are keeping in custody an Egyptian businessman, Mustapha Salim 27 for allegedly destroying K10,000 Malawian bank notes because of anger.

Mzimba Police Spokesperson Peter Botha has confirmed of the development in a statement made available to faceofmalawi.

According to Botha, Salim operates his business in Mzuzu with his driver and they were stopped at a traffic check at Chikangawa along the Mzuzu – Kasungu M1 road.

“The driver was ordered to pay a spot fine of Twenty Thousand Kwacha (MK20,000.00) for contravening Road Services Permit since they were using a passengers’ vehicle for carrying goods.

“Then, Mustapha produced Ten Thousand Kwacha (MK10,000.00), which was inadequate for the fine. Out of anger, Salim tore the notes into 55 pieces. The money was in K2000 kwacha notes totaling to K8000 and the remainder were K1000 notes,” said Botha.

The suspect will appear in court soon.

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Robert Ngwira
Attended Our Future Private Secondary School in Rumphi from 2006-2009 Holder of Diploma in Journalism from Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) Hobbies, reading newspapers, going out with friends, listening to radio and watching football. Email:


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