Malawi army deployed over rising theft

It is tight hot security. No, it is not a state of emergency. The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on Friday were  deployed in the capital, Lilongwe and Mzuzu in the north.

Their mission is still not yet clear, but speculations indicate this is a special sting operation designed to net culprits in the ongoing Capital Hill financial mess.

Millions have been discovered stolen by public servants at government hub, Capital Hill, specifically accounts and finance staff.

The troops bolster a strong contingent of military police in the cities.

The operation which is concentrated at the Old Town and Area 25 in the capital  also effectively disturbed normal shopping business and public transportation to the capital’s business seat.

Army soldiers
Army soldiers. -Photo credit

The security detail is searching shop by shop and where found locked, forcing doors open. Business was at a standstill and members of the public were ordered to sit down to pave way for the operation.

The matter comes on the heals of multiple arrests for being found with money beyond their capabilities and failing to declare source which has come out into the open following the shooting of Budget Finance director Paul Mphwiyo.

Over 800 people have been arrested in Operation code-named “Chotsa Mbava” as confirmed by Lilonwe Police spokesman, Kingsley Dandaula.

Suspicious goods have also been recovered in the operation that started Thursday  night.

Dandaula said suspects are being kept in various police cells around the capital.

Dandaula said the operation is a normal routine for Police and the Army aimed at cleansing the city off criminals, stolen items and illegal immigrants.

He also said there is no need to inform the public about such operations in case criminals run away.

President Joyce Banda is expected back in the country and all eyes expect to hear from her on the most corrupt fiancial breakdown in the history of the country.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with an estimated 75% of the population living on less than $1 (60p) a day.

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