Police in Ntcheu district have arrested two of the thugs who, on Friday, attacked motorists using Blantyre-Lilongwe M1 road including Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Lilongwe-based journalist, Greyson Chapita.
Chapita and other motorists were attacked at Kachipeya area which is between Lizulu and Njolomole in Ntcheu district.
He was traveling from the capital city to Blantyre, but managed to escape unharmed.
Ntcheu police Public Relations Officer, Hastings Chigalu confirmed the arrest of two of the thugs who attacked Chapita and his colleagues.
The arrested suspects have been identified Yona Wadson, 20, of Kaiya village, T/A Chakhumbira and 20-year-old Jones Machirika of Kachipeya village, T/A Chakhumbira in the district.
“They (Chapita and others) were attacked a few kilometers before Lizulu Trading Centre at around 22pm. The culprits blocked the road with stones, and the vehicle that the victims were travelling in hit the stones and in the process one of its tyres burst, forcing the driver to stop. It was at this moment that the thugs attacked them,” explained Chigalu.
“Police were informed and followed the issue immediately and rescued the victims although they had already been robbed of their property and others physically hurt; one of the victims being Mr. Greyson Chapita, a well-known journalist.”
Law-enforcers are expected to make more arrests while the already apprehended thugs will arraign on robbery charges contrary to Section 301 of the Penal Code.
Motorists have been subjected to attacks by unknown but dangerous thugs who attack commuting vehicles along the M1 road.
In November last year Ntcheu First Grade Magistrate Court imposed custodial sentence on six thugs who were also attacking vehicles along the M1 road, particularly around Kachipeya area.
“We want to commend the good relationship that is there between us and the communities, had it not been for them, we would not have been able to arrest the suspects. Motorists on this road should not worry of their safety, we will not rest until we see to it that there is sanity and all perpetrators are brought to justice,” added Chigalu.
Road robbers in jail
Recently, Ntcheu First Grade Magistrate Court imposed custodial sentence on six thugs who have been attacking vehicles along the M1 road.
The court has slapped the six who hail from Mapira village, T/A Chakhumbira in the district with 8 years imprisonment with hard labour (IHL) for being found guilty of Intentionally Endangering safety of persons Travelling By Road contrary to Section 237 (C) of the Penal Code.
The convicts are 42-year-old (ex-convict and ring-leader) Willy John, Tiago Yohane 35 years old, Petulo Sakondwera Enock, 21, Tchethani Francis 21 years old, Talani Fumbutsani, 26, and 22-year-old Chipiliro Clement.
State Prosecutor, Inspector Evance Kantukule told the court that the convicts were blocking the M1 road with big stones during night and attacked and stole from motorists.
They were arrested in October last year after engaging in a fierce fight with law-enforcers where one officer was seriously injured.
The ring-leader, Willy John is an ex-convict who once served a 14-year jail term and was released last August.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :