Cop implicated in K412m Malawi bank robbery

In a turn of events in Malawi’s K500 million Standard Bank robbery, a police officer has been arrested and is currently in custody following suspicions that he might have been one of the masterminds of the bank attack.

The bank robbery took place two weeks ago at Standard Bank’s Mzuzu Branch after some men in black suits stormed the house of the bank’s branch manager and forced him to take them to the bank where they again forced him to let them in and get away with the loot.

Police estimate that almost K412 million (US$1 million) was stolen.

Manjolo: The officer was arrested on Thursday September 4

Manjolo: The officer was arrested on Thursday September 4

Malawi Police Service has since confirmed that one of their officers Ken Kamwambi, 38, based at Police Mobile Services (PMS) B Company Division in Limbe, was arrested in connection with the robbery.

“The officer was arrested on Thursday September 4 when he was cornered by general-duty officers on patrol at Chitipi in Lilongwe,” said National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo.

“It is true that investigations into the Mzuzu bank robbery have led to the arrest of one of the police officers. He was arrested on September 4 at Chitipi along the Lilongwe- Mchinji Road and is still on remand at Mzuzu Police Station,” said Manjolo.

She said on the day of his arrest, police officers stopped Kamwambi’s vehicle at Namitete Roadblock in Lilongwe and he told them that he was a police officer.

“However, when he was asked to produce his identity card, he sped off. This created suspicion among the officers who reported the matter and more roadblocks were mounted. He was then caught, he was with a friend in his vehicle but the other person escaped,” said Manjolo.

She added: “A police search of the vehicle recovered one live ammunition, hammers, pangas and a bunch of vehicle keys.”

Sources within the Police Service disclosed that Kamwambi was reportedly spotted in Mzuzu drinking with his former squad-mates on the day of the robbery and came under police watch when a T-shirt identical to the one he was wearing on his drinking spree was found in a car used by the robbers.

The Standard Bank robbery also led to the arrest of some Mzuzu Standard Bank employees, including deputy branch manager Willy Kaluwa, asset and ATM custodian Charles Moffat, customer information consultants Robert Mwafulirwa and Mbachi Nyirongo.

Amos Jere from the private security firm guarding the premises was also arrested.

Moffat and Jere are still on remand while the rest were released on bail.

 

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56 thoughts on “Cop implicated in K412m Malawi bank robbery”

  1. Conserned Citizen says:

    Well it is bound to happen when you under pay ur staff. They have lives to live and families to support. Revise the minimum wage to atleast 20 to 25 grand a month and revise the salaries of civil servants country wide. Amene aziba arrest them and give them stiff purnishments coz they are just thieves bansi.

  2. inata Be says:

    WE WONDER, THEIR SALARY IS WORSE IN THE CIVIL SERVICE BUT LIFE STYLE IS EQUIVALENT TO ILLOVO MANAGERS. THEY DONT COMPLAIN OF CRUEL ECONOMIC CONDITIONS MOST CIVIL SERVANTS COMPLAIN OF. KWIBA, UNKHUNGU. 5000000000 MTS AYI BWENZI MUTALEMBA NTCHITO MPHIYO TO BE YOUR BUDGET ASSISTANT

  3. Mr redphase says:

    Iwe ukungonena,ngati mukundiva enanu.apolice,aprison anthuwa amagwira ntchito yotamandika koma ka salary 20,000.Abwana ndi awo atinamiza kuti tisiya kulandira change then 24.5% zasiyana pati?musiye wapolice yo akapeza mwai ndi wake iweso ndi mwai wako.

  4. Kataque says:

    A Police ya ku Malawi kugwira ntchito yoononga mogwirizana ndi akuba. Amalawi anzanga dziwani kuti umbava ulionse wa mfuti, a Polisi amakhala pompo.

  5. KUBA NDALAMA MORE THAN K5Million MLANDU WAKE NCHIMODZIMODZI CASHGATE, MILANDUYO ANGOWAZENGERA LIMODZI NDI AKANGANYA ANZAWO A KU CAPITALHILL. AWA TIMAWATCHULA KUTI ANANKAFUMBWE ADZIKO.

  6. DIWU_DIWU says:

    AKATI WAPOLISI WAGWIRA NTCHITO YOTAMANDIKA M’MALAWI MUNO, NDIKUBA BASI

  7. Abonzi says:

    Kodi mainawa ambiriwa akundi mvekera ngati ochokera dela limodzi, mtundu umenewu ofunika kuotcha onse basi!

  8. Pastor nyalapa says:

    Iwe azijo ndiwe onama business yanji pa malawi yowina k5o,ooo patsiku. Nanga Ungalowetse capital yochuluka bwanji?

  9. mangwenge says:

    kani mapolice ndimbala zooopsa chonchi

  10. Peter Mathanyula Wakuba, formerly known as Obanda Joyce Ntilen says:

    Mutibweretsere anyani amenewa tiaotche basi

  11. K500 milion cash says:

    It is reported also that after such kind of robberies,they do share with top bosses at their office. Malawi wa lero.

  12. sambaunyade man says:

    Wld u pkz explain to me thoroughly of hw the robbery took place in mzuzu did the pokhceman travel o de way frm blantyre to comit de offence in mzuzu- shame

  13. sambaunyade man says:

    Poverty makes dis possibo of yes he z criminal cldnt do otherwise but some poluce officers shd learn a lesson.

  14. chekambewa says:

    Tumbukas are famous wih evil things e.g bank scandals, cash gate sandals kupimbira, kugwilira komansokulezera hahahaha people of secession

  15. nsena says:

    Kuteleku Ogwiqra ntchito onse pa bank imeneyi ndi a mbwenu mbwenu (atumbuka) okhaokha. Pangani dzikolanu tipume kumva za umbava ku southern kuno

  16. WE WERE WAITING TO HEAR THAT A POLICE WILL BE IN THE RING, WAIT HE IS NOT ALONE, OTHERS WILL FOLLOW HIM SOON.

  17. collins says:

    it’s long time we’ve known our uniform men to be thieves,drinking beers using threats in d name of their job.

  18. Azijo says:

    People people making money through business in Malawi is very very simple am telling you mainly my friends working. Why doing this aiding thieves to rob the bank silly enough your working place. Guys this is time to work and work I mean to work extra hard not thinking of stealing. See this now where are your families now? The most important thing is to contented that’s all. Ask me what simple business you can do mainly for you so called greedy people like these Mzuzu saga and cashgate guys.

    You mean a simple business making you K50,000 a day is not enough on top of your salary of may be K100,000 net a month. Ooh poor fellow working class Malawians with evil minds. Bye

  19. vanikani NJASKO says:

    HE IS LIKE MWALWIMBA WHO WAS AT EKWENDENI, MZUZU, CHIPITULA, CHIWETA ETC.

  20. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    So this robbery was really an inside job! What betrayal by the police officer. And the bank employees: they knew the layout of the bank like the back of their hands. All these must be dealt with harshly, within the law. Including the security guard. The offenders should be treated like terrorists baasi.
    Hope the bank manager who was terrorized in this saga recovers, psychologically. It’s not going to be easy for him. I hope the bank helps him out. Nobody deserves this.

  21. Mswazi says:

    Misata yinu mose imwe mukunyoza akumpoto. Misundu yinu !

  22. Dickson laston says:

    Akafele kundende amenewo,nanga anthu azivutika chifukwa cha inu

  23. eeeee! apolisi mkumandikwana bwanji mwalo motiteteza nkumabaso.

  24. Chisomo Makapu says:

    Vuto lochenjera mochedwa ndi limenelo. Nokhanokhatu mwayalana apanu. Tiwona mukaunjikana ku dziko lanu mukufunalo. Chonde pasapezeke otsala kumwera kapena pakati nonse mupite muzikaba kwanu Republic of the North.

    1. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

      Zikukhudzana bwanji?

  25. ujeni says:

    Even mfuti which robbers use, the army and police are involved. Everybody is just playing a blind eye to the obvious

  26. The Eye Eye says:

    Out of interest, did the family, wife or others call the police or inform neighbours when the manager was picked? If not how can they keep quite when their man has been kidnapped by bandits…? just curious ?

  27. Gibo says:

    M’malo moteteza mukumabaso apolisi shammmeeeeeeeeee

  28. suputu says:

    I knew it! I was so suspicious all along on the way the money was stolen, it looked that it was well coordinated(inside job) between the RBM who brought the money(though no one from there has been picked) the Standard Bank and the Police. Some Police elements r involved in all the major robberies. Most young men in the suburbs r being lured by these crooks in police uniform to join them, once they r caught the police fade away and the young men r thrown in jail! The real thieves r hiding in police uniform. This has deteriorated like this bcoz when the Police r doing recruitment Ministers and other high ranking officials bring in “young democats, cadets, youth morale, and I don’t know what they r called now” and force the Police to recruit them without proper security clearance!

  29. de' Morgans says:

    Yes!! Yes!! YesSSSSSSSSSooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Ayi apa mwanyanya kuba mumabank,poti akubawo aziwikilatu kuti ndi amuboma,ndiwongwila tchito mu bank payenela kuchitapo kanthu apa.Ndiponso sakanayenela kuwatulusa pa belo,mwangolakwisa.ngati zili choncho ayenela kukangwila ndende yayikulu kuti wena atengelepo phunzilo zamutunduwu.

    Apangisa manyazi boma la DPP,ngati kuti silikuwalipila maliplo awo komanso wapolisiyo wachitisa manyazi dzina la chitetezo.kunena zowona mukuba ndalamazo ndinu anthu akumwela ndi pakati nanga bwanji munthu kuchokela uko ndikuzaba kumpoto.ayi mwatiwonjeza makosana.kukhala satelo ayi.

  31. Nyirongo says:

    Atumbuka tawonjeza kuba eish. And because tinaleka kuwonera mayeso ndiizi tikungolepheranso mayeso mxiiew

    1. WADABWA says:

      Cashgate !! Cashgate !! Mwana Akamaba amatsatira mbuyache !!

  32. UN Obsever says:

    Most Police Officers are involved in crime. Just recently a Police officer on Remand in Mchinji fled on route Kamwendo Police Unit. How can this be? This Police Officer is alleged to have been captured along with others by the local community at Mkanda in Mchinji after a group of armed robbers has been terrorizing people in the area. Surprisingly the Media is yet to report on the missing Police Officer or they don’t even know!

  33. peter says:

    All these are happening because of low salaries our Police Officers are receiving. Government must see this

  34. Emmanuel says:

    If no drastic measures are taken about Malawi ‘s security, our country will sink into oblivion!

  35. Wakwi.... says:

    Koma atumbuka mumatha bwanji kudzikonda, all the people of working on the branch have northern names, Kalua, Mwalfurirwa, Nyirongo even this Maffat guy I would bet he is northerner. Same with companies or university in the North. Southerners and people from teh center work up! These people cry tribalism to cover up for the naked trabalism that they practice themselves.

  36. Mac Hende says:

    Atumbuka okha okhatu mayinawo..

  37. Abk says:

    works of innercircles. there’s an element of police security to all the huge robberies happening in the land. they either rent out the guns and combat fatigues to the thugs if they fail to be physically present in robbery. it’s a long chain of police officers which keeps on tipping robbers on every money loopholes and they both dance to the same tune when the mission is accomplished. there’s a hand of police officers in every dirty work of the land such as immigration office, roadblocks, operation sesasa, night patrols, drug trafficking, commercializing police bails, +++. otherwise cleansing should begin from police service.

  38. godoba says:

    jere ndiye simukumupasa bail bwanji kapena mukumuwona kuti ndi mphawi kwambiri ait ambuye amawona

  39. ayanda khoza says:

    you manage to arrest a police officer and you say the other person escaped???? malawi police is full of stupid fools, thieves who cannot help the security of this country, shame!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  40. Mwene Wa Mwamwene says:

    Ok

  41. DPP moto!! Nditumizanso ena akuba abe ma bank onse ku north ndikufuna chilichonse pamodzi ndi ndalama zibwele kuno sourthen region alomwe alemele basi.muisova central ndi north

  42. phiri says:

    ma robberies ambiri police is involved, they even give tips to the criminals.

  43. Bandasiime says:

    Any bank in Malawi has what is called ‘time lock’ on its strong-room door.This facility makes the door to open only at a set time and not at any other time. A strong room is where all the cash is locked up when the bank is not operational. So what happened to this facility on the day of the robbery? Std Bank owes Malawians an explanation with regard to this robbery.

    1. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

      And in addition to this there is what we call dual custodianship where two people keep keys to the vaults. But again before you reach the vaults the doors are manned by security personel, so what were they there for?

  44. Weniweni Balakasa says:

    A Pitala mngathane ndi umbava chonchi ngati apolice amene adalembedwa ntchito ndi mkulu wanu akupanga izi. Mwachepanazo muliva kuwawa dziko. Kuipa kolembana pa mtundu.

  45. chekambewa says:

    mwaonatu list yaanthu onse akhuzidwa ndikubawa ndi atumbuka kufuna kugwesa peter basi muona kapena kuti muonenge

  46. nchewa wewene says:

    Due to lack of jobs most youths are ending in joining police job which is on offer,to be a police officer is a calling just like it is with teaching or nursing,so this problem can end, if they are more job opportunities.

  47. Wawa Man says:

    Security Men Of Malawi At Their Best Aiding Criminals.

  48. MAMA says:

    Most of these crimes have connections with the cops !!

  49. Inu says:

    Probably it was to fund the campaign for secession

    1. rosie says:

      HAHAHAHA!!! Federalism!!

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