Ministry of Agriculture employee at Mayani Extension Planning Area (EPA) for alleged false transactions in Affordable Inputs Programme (AIP).
The employee, Gerald Kyambanitsa, is accused of creating a ghost village with 95 names of beneficiaries,
Dedza Police deputy spokesperson Cassim Manda said: “Kayambanitsa was assigned to identify names of beneficiaries and ended up creating non-existent beneficiaries.
“Police investigation into the matter uncovered one ghost village with 95 beneficiaries. This shocking revelation has led to his arrest.”
The police have commended traditional leaders for their quick action after noticing that names on the beneficiaries’ list were not those of their subjects.
“We advise those handling the programme to execute their duties in a professional manner,” he said.
Kayambanitsa, who comes from Mikuta Village in Traditional Authority Sultan Tambala in Dedza District, is expected to answer three charges of forgery, alteration and abuse of office.