The Malawi Police have arrested renowned notorious criminal Pelekani Malunga believed to be one of thesuspects in the recent robbery that happened at the country’s First Merchant Bank ( FMB) Livingstone Towers Branch in Blantyre where the criminals went away with money amounting almost MK100 million.
The robbers who were in FMB dress code shot dead one police officer in the process and injured two others.
Malunga was identified by the CCTV footage from the bank and one of the police officers who was shot during the robbery but survived.
He is a well known criminal by the Malawi Police has in the past masterminded several fatal armed robberies including the time of late Clive Macholowe and Kwacha Ghambi.
Malunga once married a Blantyre Police Commandant Supretendent Blandina Chanika and some sources reveal that the two still see each other although Chanika distances herself from Malunga.
Facts are still fuzzy as to the involvement of Malunga ‘ s ex -wife but unconfirmed reports indicates
the guns used in the robbery are from the Malawi Police Service.
FMB head of retail banking Ewen Hiwa said when the robbers entered the bank, staff on duty were ordered to lie down as the suspects made their way into the room where there was cash .
This is the second Bank to robbed in the space of three months as the first one was Mzuzu Standard Bank in the Northern City of Mzuzu where robbers went away with money amounting to MK 0.5 billion .
Hours late the two Malawi Revenue Authority ( MRA ) officers managed to rescue the money from the thugs but no one was arrested.