Malawi Police have arrested another officer within their ranks Sergent Kondwani Mitepa of Lilongwe Police Station who reside in Kawale near Deeper Life Church for being suspected to have played a part in the K90 million robbery at the First Merchant Bank (FMB) Livingstone Towers Branch in Blantyre.
Nyasa Times understands that Mitepa has been arrested after the CCTV footage in the bank clearly showed his face.
Mitepa, the detective, was on half pay interdiction as he was also facing another robbery charge.
The robbers shot dead a police officer Sergeant Patrick Mvula and injured a female Constable Makina as they stole from the FMB.
In another development, Police in Lilongwe have shoot and killed a suspected armed robber identified as Wadi of Area 24 in a swoop that saw the arrest of two other members of a gang that targeted homes and stole household property worth millions of kwacha, mainly in Area 3 in Lilongwe.
Lilongwe Police Station spokesperson Kingsley Dandaula said the suspected robber met his fate after he defied orders and warnings to stop running away, upon being confronted by armed police officers near Ajawa Lodge in Area 36 on Saturday evening.
Police were acting on a tip-off from the public.
Two of the gang members obliged to the arrest but the deceased fled hence being shot at, he stated, adding that the deceased was rushed to Kamuzu Central Hospital where he later died from his gun wounds.
The arrested suspected armed robbers were identified Lameck Gaba Chindime, 29, from Somba Village in Traditional Authority Bibi Kulunda, in Salima District, and Patrick Phiri Swale, 36, from Makula Village in Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota District.
Meanwhile, Malawi police has been provided 25 vehicles by government to help with patrols and means to get to crime scenes in a timely.
President Peter Mutharika promised to buy the vehicles for the Malawi Police Service, as part of plan to enhance security in the country.
National Police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo told state broadcaster MBC that the 25 vehicles are now at Police headquarters in Lilongwe.
Manjolo said inadequate vehicles have always hindered smooth operations of the Police and the coming of the cars will ensure quick police arrival at crime scenes.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :