A Malawian Police officer has been arrested in the central region district of Dedza for erecting an illegal roadblock in his home village and extorting money from impoverished communities.
The officer, constable Mdala, whose number is B5745, was found collecting money unlawfully from people in his home area at Lobi, Traditional Authority Kachere in Dedza.
Mdala was earlier granted leave and he went to his home village to spend the holiday.
While in the village, he put on his police uniform, mounted a fake roadblock and started soliciting bribes from people.
Community members became suspicious of Mdala’s conduct and they tipped the police who went to the illegal roadblock in plain clothes and caught him red handed.
Inspector General of Police Lexon Kachama said Malawi Police Services will not condone crime.
“ If the officer is culpable let him face the law,” he said.