Malawi police arrest 47 for loitering in Balaka town

In an effort to curb criminal activities in Malawi’s southern district of Balaka district the police there are keeping in custody 47 suspects for allegedly being found loitering within the town.

Balaka police spokesperson Sub Inspector Joseph Sauka says the suspects were arrested after Police in a sweeping exercise in the district following a series of break-in offences reported in the district.

“40 of the suspects are male while seven are females and are aged between 14 and 40 years and were arrested after being found loitering in the town at mid night without proper reason, ” says Sauka.

Police officers on sweeping exercise
Police officers on sweeping exercise

He says all the suspects are expected to appear before court soon where they will answer a case of rogues and vagabonds which is contrary to section 184 of the Penal code.

The Station Officer Senior Superintendent Benson Ndhlovu says the exercise is on going with an aim of creating a safe and secure Balaka and anyone found loitering in the district will face he law.

Recently, the Balaka Second Grade Magistrate court sentenced three people who were found with a fire arm and seven rounds of live ammunitions to two years imprisonment with hard labour for planning to rob cotton buyers in the district.

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