Malawi Police in the capital Lilongwe arrested head of civil society group, Citizen for Justice (CFJ), Reinford Mwangonde for being the owner of a pistol and ammunition which three people arrested in Salima were found with at Sunbird Livingstonia Beach in the district.
Salima Police Station spokesperson Gift Chitowe said on July 30, they received information from well-wishers that the three were seen at Livingstonia Beach, in Senga-Bay with the firearm and arrested three suspects Nathan Chathyoka, 43, Maganizo Namba, 44, and Jennifer Chakanika, 32.
The arrest comes three weeks after armed robbers terrorised Salima town, robbing a service station, killing a fuel attendant and injuring a businessperson.
But the first suspect Nathan Chathyoka has mentioned Mwangonde as the owner of the illegal gun.
“We have taken in Mwangonde because he has been mentioned as the owner of the gun and we are proceeding to take him to court together with the three,” a police source said.
But police sources told Nyasa Times that Mwangonde was found in possession of a licensed pump gun.
On Sunday morning, sympathizers of the four suspects including his wife Martha Chizuma Mwangonde, the Ombudsman were seen around Salima Police talking to senior officers.
According to Chitowe, the first three will appear in court soon to answer charges of illegal possession of firearm.