Aug 19, 2017 Last Updated 2:22 PM, Aug 18, 2017


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Police in Lingadzi, Lilongwe are looking for 31-year-old man, who is alleged to have stabbed a 29-year-old woman, to whom he owed money.

Lingadzi Police Public Relations Officer Foster Benjamin has told the Malawi News Agency that the suspect, Edward Kulemeka, inflicted multiple wounds on Sally Mkwezalamba with a knife on Monday evening.

According to Benjamin, Kulemeka summoned the victim with an intention to pay back money amounting to MK750,000 which he owed her.

Mkwezalamba reportedly drove to Pacific Mall in Area 10, where she picked up the suspect before proceeding to his house in Area 18.

The Police PRO further explains that upon arrival at the gate to his house, Kulemeka produced a knife and stabbed the victim several times, saying to her that he was sorry but had to do it.

Kulemeka is currently at large.

Pictures of the suspect are currently circulating on social media, with the police asking for information that could lead to his arrest.

A MK100, 000 bounty has been placed on his head.

Three people are in Police custody in Lilongwe for alleged illegal possession and importation of dangerous drugs.

They were arrested at Kamuzu International Airport in the Capital City

Airport Police Branch Public Relations Officer Sapulain Chitonde Lee told Capital FM that the arrests follow a tip they received from Malawi Revenue Authority Officers who were working in the arrivals hall.

The three are Christian Osingwelen from Nigeria, 43, 39 year old Lusungu Mlenga from Nkhata Bay and Rita Juma, 33, from Ntcheu district.

According to Chitonde Lee, the three are business partners and stay in Lilongwe.

It is not known when exactly they will appear in court as the judiciary support staff is is currently on strike over their unpaid dues.

Cases of defilement continue to be registered in Malawi's central region district of Ntcheu. 

The district has failed to reduce cases of such nature for the first half of the year.

Last year, 18 cases were reported as the case with this year as the number still remains stagnant.

And the latest case is of the arrest of a 47 year old MacDonald Chautsi from Saidi village, Traditional Authority Kwataine in the district.

Chautsi was arrested on Tuesday on allegations that he had his 13 year old epileptic step daughter.

Ntcheu Police publicist Hastings Chigalu disclosed that the suspect who is married to the mother of the victim defiled the girl while his wife was away.

"The suspect took advantage of his wife's absence to defile the step daughter then instructed her not report to anyone of the ordeal.

But despite the instructions, the victim revealed to her mother who later took the issue to the village headman before alerting the law enforcers," Chigalu disclosed.

Medical examination at Ntcheu District Hospital confirmed that the girl had indeed been defiled.

The suspect, who is also answering murder charges and currently on court bail, has been remanded to Ntcheu prison awaiting trial.

He has been charged with defilement which contravenes section 138 of the Penal Code.

Legal minds are emphasizing that there are several procedures to be met if the warrant of arrest for former President Joyce Banda is to have merit across the borders.

The Police yesterday issued the arrest warrant for Banda, following investigations by the fiscal and fraud section of the Malawi Police.

The investigations are based on suspicions that Banda was involved in the massive plundering of taxpayers’ money at Capitol Hill.

The Cashgate scandal was unearthed during her regime, in which over MK20 Billion was embezzled by both public officers and crooked business people.

Speaking to Capital FM, Executive Director of Justice Link Justin Dzonzi disclosed that due to the fact that Banda is outside the country, the process of arresting her will not be easy.

According to Dzonzi, for police to arrest her where she is, police in the country would have to first issue an international warrant of arrest.

This would be used to then arrest her in that particular country and then extradition would begin.

Also commenting on the matter Edge Kanyongolo who is Associate Professor at Chancellor College, said that the law allows Banda to either surrender herself to police or wait for them to find her instead.

Banda’s Spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya disclosed that they have not yet received the warrant.

News of the issuance of the arrest warrant has attracted national and international attention.

He however added that Banda will make herself present once she’s received the warrant.

Malawi police revealed that they will engage Interpol on the issue but did not mention when exactly that will be.

Police in Malawi have issued a warrant of arrest for the country’s former president Joyce Banda over her alleged involvement in the Cashgate Scandal.

The warrant was granted to the law enforcers by the Lilongwe Magistrate’s court on Monday.

Speaking to Capital FM, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the issuance of the warrant.

Kadadzera said that as police they have done investigations and unearthed credible evidence which raised suspicions over her involvement.

Joyce Banda is alleged to have committed offences relating to abuse of office and money laundering.

 “We will engage Interpol on the matter because Banda is currently outside the country, the member states of Interpol will assist us,” Kadadzera added.

Banda, who was president from 2012 to 2014, leftthe country in September 2014 after coming third in elections a few months earlier, and she has given a myriad of reasons as to why she has not returned ever since.

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