Police seize 20 ‘hot cars’ in Malawi, dozens arrested in Sarpco crackdown

About 20 cars including luxury vehicles have been impounded and dozens of people arrested on various offences. The crackdown targeted vehicles reported stolen in Africa and sold to unsuspecting buyers locally under Southern Africa Regional Police Fiscal Operation (Sarpco) dubbed Tugela.

Manjolo:  Sarpco crackdown

Manjolo: Sarpco crackdown

According to the consolidated report for Tugela operation for the whole country made available to Nyasa Times, police impounded vehicles which had been detected stolen from South Africa or whose chassis
numbers were tampered with.

The impounded vehicles ranged from Toyota fortuners, Toyota  double cabins, Toyota Hilux double cabins, Toyota Hilux single cabin, Benz, Toyota Hilux pick up, Audi, Toyota rainder.

A Chinese national, a Mr. Chai has been arrested in connection to one of the impounded vehicles, Toyota Fortuner registration KA 5875 (silver in colour).

Police have also arrested Christopher Maulidi who was found with a Toyota Fortuner registration BQ 6441 and Don Chinyundo who was found with Toyota Hilux pick-up registration BR 8020.

Under the same operation, the law-enforcers have arrested 23 for being found in possession of canabis sativa.

A Burundian, Rodney Mike, Anyuma J. Obina (Nigerian) and two others have been arrested for being found with counterfeit products such medical drugs groceries, cosmetics, cigarette.

Four people were arrested for operating clinics or pharmacies without licences while one person was found with greener rifle (No. 53821).

Police said 10 people who were on wanted list have been arrested on offences like house breaking/breaking into a building and committing felony therein.

Arrested for rogue and vagabond are 28, five people were found with fuel without licence, and three people were found with property suspected to have been stolen.

National Police publicist, Rhoda Manjolo has since advised the general public to be extra careful when buying or conducting businesses.

”People are being reminded to seek medical attention in hospitals or clinics which are licenced and buy standard products,” said Manjolo.

She hailed the support the general public gave during the course of the operation and appealed for that co operation.

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victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi
Most of car theft and fake item distribution in Malawi is by foreigners. But one wonders how the city management keeps on offering plots to foreigners for personal rewards. Most Malawians apply for plots in say Lilongwe through City Offices, Malawi Housing and Department of Lands but alas even 9 years later none is given because they do not have money to palm-oil the officials. They foreigners do that. One wonders why the corruption organs cannot just get the list of those offered plots during the say past 10 years and cross check against the dates of application. They can… Read more »

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South Africa is refusing to bring back Masozi Chanthunya.


Buy from Japan. There will be no issues.


Also find thieves of that all

Our Government and Police are stupid. Why allow Sarpco come and harass Malawians. Did we sign any protocol with South Africans on that? What we know is that South Africans bring their cars here for sell and they go back to their country to claim Insurance. Those affected need just to hire a Lawyer who can track the issue from RSA in fact those south African police nod to be barred from doing that here, they are also responsible of ill treating our Nationals so why should we give them ground here.

When your car is stolen you will understand how important is this cooperation.


If hot cars means those cars that have been stolen then o to Moshko and recover thousands of Malawi cars there

common sense

keep going. catch and arrest all thugs. Black or White


so bad


Well done Malawi police but please clean your hpuse first before these crack downs

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