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Tobacco farmer arrested for attempting to swindle colleagues

malawi law and orderRumphi, July 25, 2015: Rumphi Police Thursday arrested a tobacco farmer for attempting to swindle fellow club members by making false claims that the money had been stolen by armed robbers when in real sense, he had buried it in the pigsty. 

Head of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Rumphi Police, Inspector Hunderer Moyo, confirmed the development and managed to recover the money buried in the pigsty amounting to MK7.5 million.


The suspect has been identified as Dave Waluza Gama, 36, from Mzomera Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwahenga in Rumphi District.

Police said the suspect was in custody of the money from proceeds of tobacco sales for Jamani Farmers Club, however, he wanted to keep the whole lot (bounty) to himself by claiming that robbers had attacked him during the night.

Inspector Moyo explained that the suspect called Rumphi Police by telephone at around 2 a.m. claiming that armed robbers had paid him a visit and had stolen from him money amounting to MK6 million, then changed the figure to K9.5 million.

“We got suspicious with his claims so we advised him to report to Ntchenachena Police. But we communicated with our colleagues that in the event that he goes there they should detain him until we arrive for further questioning,” Moyo said.

He said when police detectives visited the scene of the alleged crime and questioned him further about the armed robbery claims, he started to give contradictory information and this raised eyebrows even more about his story. He was immediately taken to Rumphi Police.

“When we visited the scene of the alleged crime and examined the door which he claimed the robbers shot before entering the house, we became more suspicious because the hole was too big.

“Then we asked him to explain how the robbers entered the house, he again failed to give us satisfactory explanation. We then decided to pick him to Rumphi Police Station for further questioning,” explained Moyo.

When police detectives further questioned the suspect, he told them that the story he had given them was false and said that he had buried the money in the pigsty.

The suspect was further found in possession of bank receipts with some amount of money that he had deposited in his personal account.

Waluza Gama is expected to be brought before the court soon where he will answer charges of theft and giving police false information.

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