Police in Blantyre, using an advanced technology, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), have managed to apprehend four people in connection to looting of Puma Fuel Station supermarket at Kudya, Zingwangwa during students’ street demonstrations last week.
Angry students joined by other youths turned violent in some parts of the commercial capital Blantyre during the civil servants strike as they took to the streets in protest for not learning.
Kudya service station supermarket was smashed and nearly set ablaze by the angry students from Zingwangwa Secondary and Primary Schools who were joined by scores of other onlookers.
The rioters managed to sweep the shop clean before law-enforcers in armory gear rushed in to fire teargas canisters to disperse the looters.
Southern Region Police Public relations officer, Nicholas Gondwa disclosed in an interview that the four suspects were arrested at Zingwangwa market after identifying them through a CCTV from the smashed station.
“Nothing has been recovered yet from the stolen items. But the arrest are on-going, we are working apprehending the remaining suspect. The suspects will answer charges of breaking into a store and committing felony to earn,” said Gondwa.
The four are Isaac Khonje, 23 years old and hails from T/A Ntwalo in Mzimba, John Mwase, 18 years old from T/A Mponda in Mangochi, McDonald Khwengwele, 16 of T/A Malemia in Zomba and Edson Phiri, 20 years old and comes from T/A Kapeni in Blantyre.
Business came to a halt in the central business district of Blantyre City when the school children from different primary schools took to the streets chanting anti-President Joyce Banda songs.
The students were protesting against government’s failure to address their teachers’ concerns which has resulted in them abandoning classes.
The fuel station’s shop was smashed and all the merchandises were swept clean as fuel attendants and security guards belonging to G4S took cover.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :