Oct 18, 2017 Last Updated 3:20 PM, Oct 16, 2017


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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.

The Phalombe District Council has elected a theft suspect as Chairperson.

Councilor Kalepa Mawere is answering criminal charges at the First Grade Magistrate’s Court in the district.

He was arrested in the year 2015 on suspicion that he stole bags of cement meant for the construction of an office building at Saidi Police Unit, while serving as Ward Councillor for Khongoloni Ward.

Construction works of the office block have since stalled.

According to court records, Mawere was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit a felony and theft by public servant, which is contrary to sections 404 and 278 of  Malawi's penal code respectively.

The District Commissioner for Phalombe, Harry Phiri feels there is nothing barring the Councillor as he was only accused and has not yet been convicted.

The DC adds that it was up to his fellow Councillors and Members of Parliament who were voting, to stop him from contesting or not elect him if they saw that he had a problem.

On his part, Mawere says Councillors had the right to vote for him as he is innocent until proven guilty.

He further explains that his case at the court had stalled because there is a lack of evidence to support the accusations levelled against him.

The clergy is calling for thorough investigations following continued reports of blood suckers in some parts of the southern region.

About six people have been killed recently on suspicion of involvement in the alleged blood sucking incidents, five of them in Mulanje and one in Nsanje.

At least three people have been murdered for being or collaborating with suspected blood suckers.

There have also been multiple reports of injuries, property damage, threats and acts of intimidation.

The development has seen the temporary withdrawal of volunteer workers by the US government.

The police are however dismissing rumours of the presence of alleged blood suckers in the country.

Some sectors of society believe the issue is based purely on superstition.

Images of people who are said to have had their blood sucked have been circulating online for the past week.

Speaking to Capital FM, Mark Kambalaza who is founder of Charismatic Renewal Ministries International said law enforcers must investigate and give the people proof whether or not the rumours circulating are true or not.

While Dnala Chabulika, National Coordinator of the Islamic Bureau said these rumours are mostly spreading because people are now morally corrupt and do not care about each other.

“Religious leaders need to preach more about love, and ensure that people stop believing such rumours”.

“We mostly forget about preaching on morals, as we dwell on God and Heaven when we preach, but if we preached more about morals, we would not have such things happening in the country, “Chabulika added.

Meanwhile the government is planning on engaging with community radio stations to sensitise the public on the purported blood suckers.

According to Cecilia Chazama who is the minister of civic education and culture, the ministry has already started working with chiefs to help them on holding sensitisation meetings in various areas.

Officers of the Malawi Police Service in the central region district of Ntcheu have arrested a clergyman for allegedly defiling a ten-year-old girl.

They law enforcers have identified the suspect as Philip Palibe Ndipo of New Covenant Assemblies of God who is based at Kalindira village in the district.

Ntcheu Police publicist told Capital FM that the suspect a 50 year old pastor allegedly defiled the minor who is in standard 3.

Hastings Chigalu disclosed the suspect who is also a close neighbour to the family took advantage of the absence of the girl’s parents and then defiled her.

"Upon return from a borehole, the mother found the girl crying uncontrollably.

When quizzed, she revealed the name of the pastor to be been behind the ordeal," Chigalu explained.

Results of a medical examination that was done Kandeu Health Centre came positive and the victim had bruises to her private part.

Pastor Phillip Palibe Ndipo who hails from Kalindira village, Traditional Authority Njolomole in the district will appear in court soon to answer a case of defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.

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