Fake travel agent who swindled Catholic women K24 Million for Italy tickets arrested

By Durrell Namasani

Police in Lilongwe have arrested Gilbert Chirambo, 45, after he allegedly posed as a travel agent and stole 24 million Malawi Kwacha from women belonging to Catholic Women Organisation (CWO) who are due to head to Italy for a pilgrimage.

Deputy Police Publicity Officer for Lingadzi Police, Maria Kumwenda, says the accused is expected to appear before court soon.

Conman Gilbert Chirambo

Kumwenda said 30 CWO members intend to travel to Rome in Italy on May 11 and Chirambo convinced them that he was a travel agent and would buy them air tickets.

She added that it has now taken two months for Chirambo to bring the women the tickets and this compelled them to report the issue to police.

Chirambo only returned K9.9 million thereby remaining with almost K13 million for him to pay back.

Chirambo comes from Chibwana Village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi.