Owner of SK Security Guard services, Simoleti Kachere, who was arrested after a failed attempt to set alight Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) for failing to settle bills amounting to K4 million (US$9 592), is currently on bail.
Lilongwe Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani said yesterday in an interview that, Kachere is said to be furious with the outstanding balance and on January 4, he set off for KCH with a gallon of petrol.
“When he came to the hospital, he started to chat up with one of his employees. We don’t know what they were talking about, but from nowhere, he chased the employee and threw some petrol on his body then he started heading to the accounts department,” he said. According to Mushani, a police officer, who was nearby, saw the commotion and stopped Kachere before he did any damage.
In a separate interview, hospital director Noor Alide confirmed the incident.
Mushani further said Kachere has been charged with conduct likely to cause grievous harm and attempted arson. The crime carries a maximum sentence of 14 years. “The suspect is now on a K35 000 bail,” said Mshane.