A Mozambican national failed to trick the Police as he has been arrested for attempting to register as a Malawian national in the on going national registration exercise.
Dedza Police relations officer Inspector Edward Kabango identified the suspect as Patrick Machaka aged 32.
According to the Publist, police got a tip off through Detective Dastan Chiswe that the suspect is not a Malawian although he managed to produce two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) identity cards for 2008 and 2013.
“Patrick Machaka went to Umbwi registration centre and lied that he hails from Kapalamula village in the area of Traditional Authority Kachere in the district. After further interogations it was discovered that he is a foreign national who wanted to acquire the citizenship illegally”, said Kabango.
The suspect has since been charged with furnishing false information for the purpose of obtaining registration which is contrary to section 43 of the National Registration Bureau and has a maximum sentence of 10 years.
Meanwhile the police is advising chiefs to refrain from registering foreigners because it is an offence