Nyasa Big Bullets on Monday afternoon nabbed suspects alleged to have vandalized the club’s billboard in Limbe, Blantyre earlier this month, in a mischief that annoyed the club’s sponsorship.
The club dangled a K500,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the vandals, and according to the club’s supporters’ committee chairperson, Stone Mwamadi, they received a tip-off last week.
Mwamadi said the suspect, whose name he claimed is Geoffrey Kaindo, is a Soche resident. The suspect allegedly sold the billboard posters in Mulanje.
“The suspect’s wife confessed that the products were sold in Mulanje, therefore, we travelled there to follow up on the issue, but there we were told by the suspect’s brothers that the suspect had returned to Blantyre. We went to Soche where we found our products hidden in another woman’s house,” he said.
Mwamadi said the police arrested the suspect’s wife and another woman after the main suspect fled.
If charged and found guilty, the suspects face up to five years each for theft, a legal expert suggested yesterday.
The club’s management is yet to decide on the reward as it was a group that traced the suspects.
The suspects were kept at Limbe Police Station on Monday evening, but the station’s deputy publicist, Pedzesai Zembeneko, said he was yet to be briefed about the details.
“I am yet to get a report on the incident. Once I do, I will be able to comment on that,” he said.
Bullets sponsors, Nyasa Manufacturing Company, set aside K100,000 to erect the club’s billboards in Blantyre as part of their marketing drive in their K100 million annual sponsorship to the Super League champions.
The club’s supporters’ committee and the police are since looking for the suspected fugitive. Nyasa managing director, Konrad Buckle, recently said he was shocked by the vandalism.