Malawi police in Mchinji have netted a renowned musician John Malunga, 36 of Kamitengo village under Traditional Authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji on allegations that he has been selling counterfeit products to a company based in Mulanje.
Speaking to News Watch Reviews, Mchinji Police spokesperson Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, he said preliminary investigations have established that the suspect was on contract with C & NF a Mulanje based company which produce and sell a drug called Ruo Body Cleaner, a product made from sweet potato.
“Because of the suspect’s musical talent the company signed an agreement and hired him to promote and sell their product”, said Kaitano.
According to a statement from the managing director of the company Mr. Crispin Jedegwa, 34 who hails from Mapeleka village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabuka in Mulanje told Mchinji Police Station that his company made a discovery of a counterfeit of their product on market which prompted them to embark on investigation to trace the source.
“Until on Sunday when Mchinji Police Station received a tip from a well wisher concerning the issue which implicated the musician”.
“As a result the police instituted an investigation and seized the products which he was selling where it was discovered that among the company’s brand he was also selling fake and counterfeit products bearing a same trademark”, added Kaitano.
After an official complaint from the company was made, John Malunga was on Monday, May 22 nabbed for proper investigations.
The musician will soon appear before court to answer charges under intellectual property crimes when investigations are over.
Meanwhile, the Malawi Police Service through Mchinji Police Station is warning all unsuspecting customers who knowingly buy counterfeit products that the behaviour attracts major risks and consumers may become more vulnerable to face serious physical, financial or moral injuries hence the need to report all perpetrators to the nearest police station.