Malawi Police arrest Bernard Nyirongo for stealing MK3.5mil worth of property

A 28-year-old man, Bernard Nyirongo, is in Kanengo Police custody in Lilongwe for allegedly stealing various items worth MK3,450,000 at his work place in Area 49, in the city.

Some of the recovered items – Pic. By Kondwani Magombo

Deputy Public Relations Officer for Kanengo Police Station, Salome Chibwana, said the man was arrested on Wednesday following a complaint by the proprietor of Novablanca Lodge, Goyigoyi Khonje, that his lodge had been robbed of various items.

Nyirongo was working at Novablanca Lodge as a front desk officer and between December 2016 and January 2017 while the owner was away, he allegedly stole 6 plasma screens, 15 electrical irons, and 10 kettles all valued at MK3,450,000 according to Chibwana.

It was upon his return that Khonje realized the items were missing at his lodge and he reported the matter to Kanengo Police who have since managed to arrest the suspect and recovered some of the stolen items.

Nyirongo hails from Bolero T/A Chikulamayembe in Rumphi and he will appear in court soon to answer the charge of Theft by Servant, contrary to Section 283 (1) of the Penal Code.

In a related development, the Kanengo Police is also keeping in custody 25-year-old man, Noel Dzonzi, for suspected house breaking and theft of various items yet to be valued.

According to Chibwana, Dzonzi is suspected to have broken into the house of a Mr. Charles Mpingasa in Area 25, Dzenza, on January 17 where he went away with a Plasma TV, 1 laptop, clothes including expensive suits, 5 laptop bags, 2 internet routers, a mixer and other small electronic appliances.

“After Mr. Mpingasa reported the matter our CID department went to work and they gathered enough intelligence to trace him to Salima where he had sold some of the items,” explained Chibwana, adding, “They also found Dzonzi in the process and they arrested him there.”

She said out of the stolen items, only the mixer, the routers, the laptop bags and the clothes (minus the suits) have been recovered.

Dzonzi’s accomplice is still at large and the police are yet to zero in on him. Dzonzi hails from Mwange Village, T/A Kalonga, Salima, and he is expected to appear before court soon to answer the charge of House Breaking, contrary to Section 309 sub-section 1(a), according to Chibwana.

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Major Pen,
Regions, race, culture, colour and Laguage shud not put us apart as Malawians. With your belief that Tumbukas are thieves is completely wrong. Lets not point finger regions here no.. its like a church set up. Does it mean CCAP members are all thieves neither does it mean Roman Cathelic, nor your Church. So what am trying to mean is region does not have a problem here. Thieves are all over regions. Do you mean central does not have thieves, or south doent have? No no talk sense pls


Nkhambako ndikunena zoona anthu inu mumakonderana heavy, Ineyo ndalembako aku north but inu simungachite sinthani


With A Private Property, U Can not advise the owner who to employ.
How many theft by servant cases have u heard of ? Wake up!
If u talked of parastatals and other govt departments, i would see sense in u coz that is our money!
May be a simple question : have u employed somebody from the north if at all u have any property worth the salt?

hilario malunga

Is it possible for a front desk oficer stealing all these items.? He must be a thief of the first grade. Vuto lolembana nokhanokha without proper interviews, its true i agree.



civil rights activist

nd thus yo line of thinking!!!!!…….the best yu thought was atumbuka sosososo…..ndr chain…..grow up


Major pen try to be objective in your comments, you this dzonzi is also from the north,thieves can’t come or raised in one region. and mind you we are all malawians and doesn’t choose where to be born from. your thinking is retrogressive, that way you can’t move ahead.

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