Police in Malawi’s central district of Kasungu have apprehended five suspected criminals in connection to the brutal murder of two security guards and armed robbery at Assemblies of God Church premises.
Residents of Kasungu Town last Thursday woke up to sorrowful news of the two guards ruthlessly murdered by the criminals who went on to steal cash and other assorted items.
The cash amounting to K78 000 belonged to a contractor, Luka Kandiero, who was hired by the church to construct a modern church within the premises.
“We have indeed arrested five men who are currently in our custody. We suspect they are linked to the murder of the two guards and the subsequent robbery at the church.
“Currently, we are interrogating them individually so that we actually find out who was really involved in the offence,” said Kasungu Police Spokesperson Edwin Kaunda.
Kaunda said among the five arrested suspects, others were picked because of their previous involvement in similar offences.
He, however, could not give identities of the suspected criminals to avoid jeopardising the investigations.
Apart from the K78 000 which the contractor kept to pay wages for his casual labourers, the thugs also went away with three mobile phones, three trousers, three dresses, a ladies suit, DVD player, hammer and a saw and also set ablaze books which were in the pastor’s office.
The incident happened last Thursday between between 01:00hrs and 02:00hrsThursday.
Police identified the deceased security guards as 63-year-old Kawoloka Phiri from Mbalu village, T/A Mkumba in Phalombe district and Elliot Chibwana, 79, who hailed from Jali village, T/A Mwambo in Zomba.