|By: Thula Chisamba
The Malawi Police in Phalombe district have arrested 33 year old Moses Sauti Phiri on suspicions that he impersonated a state house official.
Phiri who claimed to be president Peter Mutharika’s deputy advisor on religious affairs managed to trick a ward councillor for Phalombe Swang’oma, Promise Maliwata and dupe him MK 150,000 in the process.
Phalombe Police publicist Sub-inspector Augustus Nkhwazi who confirmed the development said the suspect deceived the councillor that president Mutharika bought him a car but he only needed to pay MK 150,000 for insurance and other documentations.
“He told him that the vehicle was at Toyota Malawi but needed money for insurance and other documentations. The councillor then gave him the money without suspecting anything,” said Nkhwazi.
After he was arrested, he confessed to the impersonation in a bid to trick the councillor to give him the money in question.
“He will appear in court soon to answer charges of impersonating a public official contrary to section 99 of the penal code,” added Nkhwazi.
On the other hand, the suspect claims to be a pastor for Word Alive Gospel Church in Blantyre.
He hails from Tchauya village traditional authority Makwangwala in Ntcheu district.