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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Conserned Citizen
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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.

chefourpence
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atumbuka kuba.

inata Be
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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

Mr redphase
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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.

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

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

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

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

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

mangwenge
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kani mapolice ndimbala zooopsa chonchi

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