Man Dupes Chiefs through Trickery
Police in Salima have arrested a man on charges of a suspected theft by trickery and impersonating a public officer.
Salima Police Publicist Sub-Inspector Jacob Khembo says the suspect Frazer Mkhonde was soliciting money from chiefs claiming to be an official from the Office of President and Cabinet.
Sub-Inspector Khembo says the suspect, while posing as an official from OPC, allegedly lied to Group Village Headman Tsekwe of TA Khombedza’s area that he would help him get the Khombedza chieftaincy.
“It is reported that the group village headman was in the line of the chieftaincy of traditional authority Khombedza which the suspect capitalized on to get money from, claiming he would help him get the position,” Khembo said.
Khembo says the suspect Mkhonde could also write some documents to appear as if he got them from the DC’s office as a way of coaxing the chief to believe his tricks.
Khembo said, “From July this year to this month about K780, 000 has been allegedly stolen from group village headman Mtsekwe and other village and group village headmen from the area who were in support of the move to dethrone traditional authority Khombedza.”
The suspect is said to have managed to convince TA Mtsekwe to mobilize chiefs and write a letter, which over seventy-nine chiefs did and signed, addressed to the president on claims that he will send it to the president for consideration.