Police in Mzuzu are keeping in custody Howard Mvula, 30, an electrician based in the city for defrauding a businessman of K1.3 million on pretence that he was an employee of the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) Limited and would connect the businessman’s two maize mills to the power grid.

According to investigations, Mvula introduced himself to the businessman, Zilala Chimaliro, as a planning officer at ESCOM in Mzuzu. Mvula used fake power supply application forms and payment receipts to convince Chimaliro.

Chimaliro claimed to have paid Mvula K650,000 in two instalments of K340,000 and later K310,000 and was given the fake receipts dated June 21 and 22 2018, respectively, for his maize mill at Chafisi in Mzimba.

Chimaliro further alleged that he also paid Mvula another K650,000 for his maize mill at Sonda in Mzuzu City before paying K50,000 for electrical materials and inspection for a line to his premises.

Meanwhile, Mvula has named two accomplices who are still on the run.

ESCOM is concerned that conmen continue to tarnish its name by duping unsuspecting prospective customers. ESCOM is, therefore, appealing to members of the general public to ensure that they pay for any ESCOM service at designated counters at ESCOM premises and not to people they meet around ESCOM offices.

Mvula comes from Chiputa Village, T/A Mzukuzuku in Mzimba District.