Dedza gatefraudsters get 2 and half year-jail terms

Dedza

Dedza Senior Resident Magistrate’s court has handed two-year-six months jail sentence to  each of the two cashiers for D&S Event Managers who stole K218,000 in gate revenue at Dedza Stadium.

Last week, during the TNM Super League match between Dedza Dynamos and Mighty Mukuru Wanderers, the cashiers, Chikaiko Msinde and Lawrence Kasiya were apprehended by the police following a tip by some fans.

 According to Dedza Police deputy publicist, Cassim Manda, the case was brought before magistrate Clemence Chamwenda by state prosecutor Washie Chilonda who told the court that the two hid the cash in their pockets.

“The prosecutor further told the court that when police searched them, they found the said amount of money inside their pockets. In mitigation, the two convicts asked the court to be lenient when passing the sentence saying they are first offenders and that they pleaded guilty which shows remorse to what they did,” Manda said.

But magistrate Chamwenda parried away the mitigation factors on the premise that the conduct by the two offenders has the potential of dwindling football standards in the country.

“Chamwenda said the behaviour of stealing gate collections is so rampant in the country therefore custodial sentence could be suitable to serve as a deterrence to other would-be offenders,” Manda added.

Last month, a court in Blantyre gave a suspended sentence to four other cashiers after they were caught with cash at Kamuzu Stadium during the match between Sable Farming and Wanderers.

Later after some weeks, Bullets fired its accountant, Jeremiah Mwagomba for allegedly instructing the cashiering firm to bloat figures in one of their matches at the same venue.

Msinde, 25, and Kasiya, 29, hail from Kasekaminga Village, Traditional Authority Kamenyagwaza in Dedza.