Mar 23, 2018 Last Updated 2:07 PM, Mar 23, 2018


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Police in Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu have arrested a notorious armed robber.

Identified as Muhamad Alisa, the 22-year-old is suspected to have shot Burundian national, John Maisha last week in Mangochi distirct.

Apart from that he is also suspected to have robbed Maisha off money and other valuables.

Speaking to Capital FM, Ntcheu Police Deputy Publicist Andrew Kamanga disclosed that on the material day, the suspect had also shot a bicycle taxi operator before disappearing with the cash and valuables.

"On December 18 we received a tip that the suspect was processing his passport to leave for South Africa via Biriwiri border post in Ntcheu.

The men in uniform rushed to the boarder and found Alisa in hiding at Tsangano Market and arrested him," explained Kamanga.

Muhamad Alisa hails from Kwimtunje village, Traditional Authority Katuli in Mangochi district.

The Police in the southern region district of Nsanje are keeping in custody two people for allegedly spreading rumours of blood sucking in the district.

The two are identified as Madalitso Hamuza and Ali Simbi both coming from Ndenguma Village in the area of Senior Chief Malemia.

The recent arrest brings the number of suspects to have committed such an offence in the district, to eight.

Nsanje district police publicist Agnes Zilakoma says the two have been arrested following allegations they leveled against a man who was talking to a friend on a mobile phone, claiming he is a blood sucking vampire.

According to Zilakoma, the two suspects then instructed a police officer who was nearby to arrest the man who was on the phone.

The suspects are expected to answer charges of circulating false news likely to cause fear and alarm to the public.

So far, over 200 people have been arrested since rumours started spreading early last month.

Thirteen people have been remanded to prison for allegedly inciting violence over blood sucking rumours in Malawi’s former capital, Zomba.

The suspects Enock Bomba aged 32, Edson Eleven, 33, Buton Manyenje aged 31 and ten others were arrested for allegedly inciting violence at Ndalama Health Post at Jali on the night of 22 October, 2017.

According to the State Prosecutor Louis Makiyi, the suspects mobilised themselves and attacked a team of employees from Save the Children who went to the area to drop off a Health Surveillance Assistant who was coming from a workshop.

The suspects are reported to have started stoning the officers, accusing them of being blood suckers who were planning to terrorize the area.

Makiyi says the police came in to rescue the officers after they were called and managed to arrest 13 suspects, of which seven are minors.

According to information sourced from the Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Sauka, all the suspects have denied the charge of Conduct likely to cause a breach of peace levelled against them.

Senior Resident Magistrate Wyson Nkhata has adjourned the case to 30th October, 2017 to allow the state to notify its witnesses.

Law enforcers say they have arrested over at least 200 people for spreading rumours or being part of the vigilante groups that incited violence.

 National Police Deputy Spokesperson told Capital FM early this week that 55 were arrested at Bvumbwe in Thyolo district.

Some of the suspects have already appeared

Police in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu are keeping in custody a 31 year old woman for alleged murder.

Berita Kamoto is suspected to have murdered her better half, Jeremiah Kholowa, 45.

The incident happened on Sunday night at Kalimwayi village in the district.

Ntcheu Police publicist disclosed the woman who has difficulties in walking due to her disability allegedly murdered the husband after a disagreement ensured between them.

Hastings Chigalu stated the two quelled as the husband was suspected to be stealing the woman's belongings.

"Due to her status, Berita was spotted by The Malawi Council for the Handicapped (MACOHA) to go for an initial business training to sustain her daily livelihood.

And as startup capital, she was given Solar panel, battery, charger, sewing machine, and fourteen pieces of cloth so that she immediately ventures into business," explained Chigalu.

However on the material day, the deceased decided to visit the wife at night where a fierce fight erupted and led to the death of the husband.

An autopsy at Ntcheu district hospital reveals the death was due to suffocation.

Berita will appear in court soon to answer a case of murder which contravenes section 209 of the Penal Code.

Both suspect and deceased had been married for over ten years and had two children together.  

Karonga Police have arrested Arnold Mwaulambo, and Minala Mwamlima for being found selling medical drugs in their shops without licenses.

This is contrary to section 35 (1) of Pharmacy, Medicine and Poison Act.

The law enforcers conducted a two-day operation after suspecting illegal businesses taking place in some places within the district.

Among the drugs recovered from Mwaulambo and Mwamlima are bottles full of Paracetamol, Indomethacin capsules, bottles of Trimoxazole tablets, Amoxilin and Diclofenac tablets.

Arnold Mwaulambo, 28, hails from Mwaulambo village, T/A Kilipula in Karonga district was arrested on 4 October 2017.

 While Mwamlima, 25, was arrested on October 5, 2017 and hails from Mwakasoko village, T/A Mwakaboko in Karonga district.

The two will appear in court soon to answer charges.

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