Police in Karonga the northern border of Malawi has arrested Jimmy Sichone, 29 of Malemia village in the traditional authority Kyungu in the same district who is a prime suspect behind the murder of South African national Harry Wakeford, who was killed in an armed robbery at Mufwa lodge last week Saturday.
Confirming the development to Nyasa Times, Karonga police officer in Charge Edward Chingayipe said the arrest was made on Thursday this week after investigation.
According to Chingayipe, the suspect has admitted during the interrogation and has disclosed the names of his three colleagues.
“Yes we have indeed arrested one of the murderers and has already admitted the crime as well as mentioning the names of his friends during the interrogation,” said Chingayipe.
Adding that “on the three names that were mentioned two of them are Tanzanian nationals while the other one is also from the same district but as of now they are at large.”
But police did not disclose the names.
He said they are working hand in hand with the Tanzanian police to arrest the other suspects.
The South African national was shot and killed when he was accosted by robbers who forced their way into the tent of a female travelling companion in Karonga, Malawi.
The murder victim who was in a team of others who travelled through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, and Rwanda to the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, had reportedly set up camp at a lodge after one of the vehicles in their convoy had broken down.
Malawi Police indicated that the group may have been followed for several days by the men that attacked them.
Meanwhile, the Karonga business community has expressed worry over the increase of the gun crime in the district claiming it has affected the tourism industry as well as sacaring foreign investors in the area.
Karonga business community chairperson Wavisanga Silunge told Nyasa Times that investors and toursists “ will be now afraid to do their business in the district” due to the development.