Mchinji Police public relations officer, Kaitano Lubrino confirmed to News Watch Reviews that they have arrested two men for illegal photocopying and selling of registration forms to community members during the national registration exercise.
Inspector Kaitano said Armstrong Nyirenda, 27 of Ekwendeni village under Traditional Authourity Mbelwa in Mzimba was arrested by police on June 13, following a tip-off that the suspect was scrupulously reproducing NRB registration forms and sell them at a price of K300.00 to the local people.
“The tip went far alleging that foreigners were also able to access the photocopied forms with a higher amount. In following up the case, officers from Mchinji Police Station instituted intensive investigations into matter to trace the source and finally arrested Nyirenda who owns a shop at Mikundi Trading Centre”, said Kaitano.
After a thorough investigation Police discovered that communities that were registering at Kalombo Primary School NRB Centre had already bought forms from him. Currently police have managed to recover some of the photocopied forms and will be used as evidence at certain levels.
Kaitano further said the second suspect identified as Lukiyasi Masanjula, 36 who hails from Msampha village in the area of Traditional Authority Mavwere in Mchinji was arrested at Namizana along the borders of Malawi and Mozambique where police confiscated some forged forms from him too.
Despite a confession that the two committed the offence under the sole expense of profit making but the suspect’s character can interfer the system hence fueling those who are not eligible to register to be registered that is why the police is vehemently appealing to the general public to report to police any malpractice that may be encountered during the exercise.
The duo will appear before court soon to answer a cases under National Registration Act Contrary with section 43 (b) which prohibits any person from forging any document for the purposes of obtaining registration as s/he commits an offence and upon conviction shall be liable to a fine of one million kwacha or imprisonment for five years.