Balaka police, council, impound over 14 minibuses in a cleanup exercise

Police and Council officials in Balaka district of eastern Malawi have impounded over 14 minibuses in cleanup exercise. The joint exercise was conducted in an effort to bring sanity at Balaka town.

Some of the Minibuses impounded

Some of the Minibuses impounded

Balaka Police Station Operations Officer Superintendent Gideon Chisale says, the operation was organized after noting that minibus drivers resorted to picking up passengers along the roads instead of the bus deport making the roads impassable.

“This had negative impact to both the Police and District Council hence the enforcement of the law,” Chisale said.

During the operation Police also arrested 19 people on different charges ranging from touting, found in possession of cannabis sativa, rogue and vagabonds and also those found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen or dishonestly acquired.

The impounded minibuses will be released after paying ‘wrong –parking’ fines and the 19 suspects which include two ladies who were arrested on charges of touting will appear before court soon to answer their respective charges.

Meanwhile, the Station Officer for Balaka Police Station Senior Superintendent Aggrey Khonje and Council officials have vowed that the operation will be on going until all the minibuses start operating from the deport and that all minibus call boys and girls stop touting.

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