The Police in Karonga are keeping two men in custody for being found in possession of MK2000 bank notes amounting to MK58, 000 which are suspected to be fake.
According to Karonga police Deputy Publicist, George Mulewa, during the morning of 24 September, 2017, the two suspects, Patrick Mhango, 27, and John Mwangwelo, 29, went on a beer drinking spree in the district.
“While in the process of drinking, the bar man suspected that the money which the two gentlemen were paying for the commodity was.
He later brought this to the attention of one of the customers who witnessed his search the culprit,” Mulewa said.
After being searched by the barman, Mhango and Mwangwelo were found in possession of fake bank notes amounting MK58, 000.
When other customers heard of what the barman had found, they decided to manhandle the suspects.
Mulewa described this as uncalled for and barbaric.
“As police we do not condone mob justice in any case when someone is suspected to have committed a crime because it eventually interferes with our investigations among others.”
Mulewa further revealed that a day before the incident, the owner of another drinking joint also lodged a similar complaint to the law enforcers.
He showed the police seven MK2000 notes which he suspected to also be bogus.
Barely two months ago, police in the district arrested three people for also being found with fake money.
Meanwhile, police have advised business owners, especially those who trade at night to be observant when receiving money from their customers after the sale of their commodities.
The recovered money will be surrendered to Reserve Bank of Malawi for further scrutiny.
The two suspects will appear before Karonga Magistrate’s court soon to answer charges for being found in possession of fake currency contrary to section 382 of the Penal Code.
Patrick Mhango hails from Mwenevumo village,Traditional Authority (T/A) Nthalire in Chitipa district while John Mwangwelo comes from Mwangwelo village in the area of Paramount Chief Kyungu in Karonga district.