In a shocking revelation, Benson Vitsitsi, the 43-year-old owner of Kwezy Buses, one of Malawi’s esteemed traveler bus service providers, has been arrested over allegations of multiple financial crimes. The Malawi Police Service confirmed the arrest, shedding light on the gravity of the accusations against Vitsitsi.
According to Deputy National Police Spokesperson Alfred Chimthere, Vitsitsi was apprehended by fiscal police on charges believed to have been committed since 2017. The crimes involve a staggering amount of USD 57 million, which is approximately K63 billion. The charges against Vitsitsi are severe and include money laundering, illegal externalization of foreign currency, conspiracy to commit offenses, and aiding another to commit offenses.
However, Vitsitsi is not the only individual implicated in this financial scandal. Twelve of his accomplices, including two Malawian women named Angela Chigwira and Monica Arame, as well as ten Chinese nationals, are currently evading the law. The police are actively searching for these individuals, emphasizing the extensive network involved in these alleged financial misdeeds.
This isn’t the first time Vitsitsi has found himself at odds with the law. In a past incident in 2017, he was required to pay K312 million in taxes after admitting to falsifying documents to clear his buses. This previous brush with the law raises questions about the business practices of the entrepreneur and the integrity of his operations.
The recent arrest has sent shockwaves through the community, with many questioning the transparency and ethics of prominent business figures in Malawi. As Vitsitsi prepares to face the court and answer the charges against him, the public awaits further details on the case and the potential ramifications for other involved parties.
On the other hand, some critics argue that while Vitsitsi’s arrest is a step in the right direction, it is essential to ensure that all individuals involved in such large-scale financial crimes are held accountable. The fact that several accomplices are still at large is a cause for concern and highlights the need for more robust mechanisms to prevent and detect financial crimes in the country.
In light of these events, there is an increasing call for stricter regulations and oversight of business operations in Malawi. The public demands transparency and accountability from business leaders, emphasizing the need for ethical practices that benefit the community and the nation as a whole.