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.

Five people have died in a road accident in Malawi’s central region of Ntcheu

The accident occurred Wednesday morning at Salima turn - off in the district.

Police in the district have confirmed of the accident in which five others have escaped with various degrees of injuries.

Ntcheu Police Publicist disclosed the vehicle a Toyota Land Cruiser landed on an electric pole after its driver failed to negotiate a corner due to over speeding.

Hastings Chigalu stated the vehicle registration number MG 5559 belongs to Chitipa District Agriculture Office and was heading towards Balaka from Salima direction with ten passengers on board.

"Five people including the driver died on spot while two others sustained serious injuries with the rest escaping with minor injuries," explained Chigalu.

In the meantime police have identified the deceased as Sekani Ngulube Gama and Margret Phiri while the three other deceased are not yet identified while the rest are receiving medical treatment at Balaka District Hospital.

Police in Karonga have embarked on a campaign to fight against violations done against young girls like forced marriages and defilement by training community policing officers from various communities on how they can handle such cases.

Karonga police station officer, McFarlane Happy Gumbo said cases of violations against girls in the district are becoming rampant because of poverty and some harmful cultural practices.

Gumbo further said that sometimes parents report cases of early marriages and defilements to police when it involves their daughters but later after being corrupted by the culprits, they return to police with false information to release the suspects claiming that their daughters are not under age; a scenario which promotes such violations.

“Cases of violations against girls are very high in Karonga mainly because of poverty in which some parents marry off their daughters to well-to-do men in a quest to rescue themselves from poverty which is uncalled for,” said Gumbo.

He therefore pleaded with parents to refrain from such conducts as it puts their daughters’ lives at risk and derails the development of the nation.

Gumbo commended the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for the initiative to support the training of the community policing officers with funds which he did not disclose. 

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.

The Malawi Police in Salima are under pressure to release four suspects arrested last week in connection to the possession of an illegal firearm.

A source, who did not want to be named, has told the Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the suspects were brandishing the said firearm at Livingstonia Beach Hotel in the district.

According to the source, the pressure increased on Thursday, after the police apprehended the fourth suspect Reinford Mwangonde, who, it has been established, is husband to the current ombudsman Martha Chidzuma Mwangonde.

Mwangonde was earlier arrested in Lilongwe on other charges but was handed over to Salima Police after he was named by the first suspect Nathan Chathyoka as the owner of the illegal gun.

The source further disclosed that investigations carried out since the gun was found have proved that the suspects have no license for the gun.

The police said that they have also found Mwangonde in possession of a licensed pump gun.

According to MANA, sympathizers of the four suspects, including the Ombudsman, were on Sunday morning seen around Salima Police talking to senior officers.

When contacted for comment, Police Public Relations Officer for the Central Region Noriet Chihana said that she had no information on the arrest of Mwangonde.

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