Malawi cop arrested over supply of guns to criminals: Two robbers nabbed in LL

Malawi Police in Blantyre have arrested a fellow officer in-charge of an armoury at Police Training School at Kanjedza on allegations that he supplied arms and ammunition to the recently arrested four suspected hardcore criminals.

Sgt Mkwanda -The gang members arrested - Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Sgt Mkwanda -The gang members arrested – Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

According Nyasa Times sources in the police, the arrested officer is Assistant Superintendent, David Mkandawire who is head of armoury, firearms and ammunition department at Malawi Police Training School in Limbe.

Nyasa Times sources say the police officer is yet to be charged.

Police relations officer for the south, James Kadadzera referred the media to national police headquarters spokesman Nicholas Gondwa who asked for more time to investigate the matter.

However, colleagues of the said police officer confirmed the arrest on Thursday.

Police last week arrested suspected four hardcore criminals blamed for three murders and seven car thefts.

The four identified as as 23-year-old Dumisani Mvula, 38-year-old Chipiliro Gombwa, 35-year-old Dickson Magumbe and 29-year-old Andy Machinjiri have since been charged with murder and car thefts.

Police said a total of 239 live ammunition, a pistol and a pump gun were recovered .

Southern Region Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said some of the vehicles that the group is suspected to have stolen include a Mazda Bongo, whose owner was murdered, an MTL Toyota Hilux whose driver was killed, and a government Toyota Prado belonging to a Cabinet minister.

The arrest of the police officer comes at a time when the public have explained concern over the recruitment of police officers as they are not picked on merit but through nepotism and lack proper screening.

Meanwhile, Police in Lilongwe have arrested two suspected robbers who are said to have been terrorizing residents of Areas 25 and 49 between September and December last year.

Police have since recovered stolen property worth K2.5 million from the two.

According to Kanengo police spokesperson, Sub Inspector Esther Mkwanda, the men were caught on the 4th January at their house in Mgona Township after police investigations following tip-offs within the township.

He identified the suspects as Spacious Mphepo (19) and Harrison Fosi (20).

“The property that have been currently recovered amount to about K2.5 million and most of them are electronics such as smart phones, DVD Players, Computer laptops, Cameras, flat TV Screens and CPUs. Currently, some owners of the property have already started coming for identification,” said Mkwanda.

He said the suspects were taking advantage of the weekends, especially Sundays when most families go to church leaving no one to look after their houses.

Mphepo comes from Ngwale Village, T/A Kadewere in Chiradzulo district while Fosi hails from Magagula village, T/A Kwataine in Ntcheu district. –Additional reporting by Towera Nyirenda, Mana

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mulamu pelekani@gmail.com
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When APM was a minister in his brothers governement, he enrolled young men to police they were all from his tribe. Again he repeat this when he is a president enrolled Alhlomwes without proper school to one of the most important security job of any nation. Chakwela protested but Malawians always judge him. How do you expect thieves from the streets be police? For Muntharika is his own security he is concerned. Police is very important. One never head police robbing a bank or stealing with guns during Muluzu or Kamuzu time. Its only during DDP/ APM. One wonder if… Read more »
Mzimba pa Boma
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Mzimba pa Boma
8 months 19 days ago

POLICE we need mugshots so we can help you
with more information .

Prodigalson
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8 months 19 days ago

Police inalikale Malawi ali Malawi weniweni.

munyane
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munyane
8 months 20 days ago

shupit police

K
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K
8 months 21 days ago

Nanga tithawira kuti,haa wa poilce osakhulupilika ameneyo,

chewaziri
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chewaziri
8 months 21 days ago

The Malawi police needs a complete overhaul. For the past 5 years alemba zigawenga ndipo zadzadza pa Limbe and Lilongwe police stations. They are either thieves or aiding theives. no action is taken because ambiri wa ndi ana amabwana aku Police komko.

kunyeziwa mussa
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kunyeziwa mussa
8 months 21 days ago

f dey didn’t receive deir leave grants of Dec yet all government depatrments received wt do u expect? go 2other countries &check deir welfare mudzakhumudwa every1 has acar park yet our police mmmmmm!!!!!! any way bt f de government shud not look into deir welfare trust m umbavawu sudzatha cz dey r taken like fools!!!!!!

kunyeziwa mussa
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kunyeziwa mussa
8 months 21 days ago

plz de government shud look deir salary cz anthuwa nde akutengedwa ngati akapolo go 2other like zambia,mozambique &others de very same police every 1 has acar bt look 2 our MW police ali kundende & yet u expect good delveries frm dem blivie m no way assist dem & dey wil perform deir duties proffessionary & look up2 nw deir Dec leave grants sadalandire yet all government departments adalandira so do u expect wt mumanga onse!

NZOZO KUNUNKHA
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NZOZO KUNUNKHA
8 months 21 days ago
I don’t think these bastards are so young or poor so that they’ve resorted to become organized criminals…….. they are only following their hearts. Punish them all……. and the police aaaahhhhh!!!!!!, then who do you think we can trust? imagine, when a corp becomes a pray to another corp as a predator, who do you think will protect the civilians? more than 200 live ammunitions missing in stock without being noticed? really? are we serious? how do you manage your inventory and stock. something is not adding up here….. Not only one policeman/ woman is involved in this scam or… Read more »
Chenene
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Chenene
8 months 22 days ago
Mbava ndi mbava I totally disagree with comment 1. Ali ndi mtima wa umbava azaba ndithu angakhale boma kaya kampani imulembe ntchito. Dumisani and Chipiliro both come from very well to do families and just at a click of the finger they can get employed. What do they lack? But they are infested with spirits of murder and robbery so stop blaming government for their acts. There are a lot of people, humble from poor families and yet not employed but mbiri za umbava ndi umbanda alibenso. Umbanda/umbava ndi mtima wa munthu boma lilibepo gawo pamenepa.
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