Malawi Police in the eastern district of Balaka are keeping in custody two notorious criminals who have been terrorising the district and other parts of the country.
Balala police spokesperson Sun Inspector Joseph Sauka confirmed the arrest, saying the suspects Mike Kapachika 33 and Peter Damiano 21 were arrested at Phalula Road block on Friday after they were found with groceries which they failed to account for after being asked by the officers who were manning the road block.
“Upon interview the suspects revealed to have stolen the groceries from Kamwamba Trading Centre and that they have also been terrorising residents in and around areas surrounding the district.” he said
Sauka says the suspects said they were tying the guards before breaking the doors using big stones and panga knifes were used to those who could retaliate against them.
He says the two and their friends who are still at large were mainly targeting Shops and maize mills and they are expected to answer over five breaking offences in Balaka district.
“After answering their cases in Balaka district, the two will be taken to Chilomoni and Chileka Police where they are also wanted for breaking offences,” he says
Sauka says the police have so far recovered some of the stolen properties and the suspects will appear before court soon upon completion of the investigations and they will answer cases of breaking into the building and committing a felony therein which is contrary to section 311 of the Penal code.
Mike Kapachika comes from Chimpakati village, Traditional Authority Nkaya in Balaka district while Peter Damiano comes from Senzani village, Traditional Authority Phambala in Ntcheu district.