UTM’s Financier Dr. Sambiri, Two Other ESCOM Official Arrested Over Illegal Connections

Sambiri of UTM arrested over illegal connections

Police in Lilongwe and Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (Escom) joint operation has bursted a crime syndicate involving some top ESCOM officials and senior member of the newly established United Transformation Movement (UTM) Dr. Benjamin Sambiri on illegal power connection.

ESCOM was tipped by well wishers that some of its officials and unscrupulous Malawians are using illegal connections, a development which led them to launch investigations in conjunction with Malawi Police.

This publication has learnt that on Tuesday, this week, an operation by Police and ESCOM raided B Square Entertainment center in Lumbadzi belonging to UTM’ Sambiri, where it was established that there are two illegal connection at the place, which have been operational since 2016.

According to Crime superintended Demawati Chisale, who was in charge of the operation, the police managed to arrest the manager of the place who spent a night in police custody, while they were hunting for Dr. Benjamin Sambiri.

Our publication has found that Sambiri upon returning to Lilongwe from Kasungu where it is allergy he went for funeral, handed over himself to Kanengo Police.

He was then taken to Lumbadzi police for questioning and taken to the crime scene at his B square compound where he was briefed on what had happened, and why he was to be arrested.

As we went to press, Sambiri had been taken to Police headquarters, Area 30 where he will be formally charged.

Sources add that Dr. Sambiri who has been at the hub of illegal connections for over two years since 2016 at the commission while amassing huge some of money he is also among the few individuals financing the UTM.
Dr. Sambiri previously owned Exploits University which he later sold to Dr. Bikoko when he was facing challenges to run it, and he is vying for a Parliamentary seat in Kasungu on UTM ticket.

Efforts from both the police headquarters and UTM spokesperson Dr. Chidamti Malunga proved futile as we went to press.

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