Malawi police arrest two boatmen over missing American’s bag

Malawi Police at Ngabu in Chikwawa district have arrested two sailors on suspicion that they stole a bag belonging to an American missionary nurse, Kiki Cunningham.

Two arrested boatmen

Chikwawa Police Station, Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Foster Benjamin confirmed the development.

He said the bag contained travelling documents and cash amounting to K200, 000  and US$200.

“The suspects; Michael Thomas, 65, and Mavuto Nthengu, 19 were arrested on Monday. They are said to have committed the offence on July 10, 2019 off Mazongoza Island,” Benjamin said.

The PRO said the two, who ply their trade across Shire River, came across the bag which had been dropped by Cunningham.

The American missionary nurse and her local team were having lunch soon after being ferried across the river by the two suspects according to the Police.

“She is said to have left behind the laptop bag before discovering that it had gone missing a few hours later.  She reported to Ngabu Police Post and the law enforcers probed the matter in which the two denied any knowledge,” he added.

Benjamin stated that further investigations led to the arrest of the above mentioned two suspects on August 12, 2019.

The Police Spokesperson said during interrogation, Nthengu admitted to taking and burying the bag on instruction from Thomas.

However, Police, on Wednesday, dug out the alleged place and found nothing.

“The suspects are still being investigated on for any possible recoveries. They have since been charged with theft,” he said

Thomas hails from Laija village while Nthengu is from Mazongoza Island both under Senior Chief Makhwira in the District.

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Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Sailors? Pleae be serious guys….

Pewani
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Pewani

Careless nurse, Why on earth can someone forget a bag containing travelling documents? Please leave that old man alone. The Gods smiled on him on that day. K350,000.00 in a day? what a blessing it was to the old madala.

Dzambo
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Dzambo

Who is missing here. The American or her bag?????

TOSH
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KOMA MBUYA

aNNSA
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aNNSA

she dropped it not steal, they found it. Umphawi uli ku malawi wapeza chikwama ca ndalama ukabwenza???

Everyon's genius
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Everyon's genius

Drop the charges against them please. Can our police arrest men who torched Mtambo’s house? Leave these poor men, they have no case to answer.
Why do Malawi authorities favour foreigners when they in the country? Do you know that Malawians suffer a lot in foreign countries? Release these poor men please.

Nick
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Nick

I wonder how much pressure was put on these two boatmen by the Chikwawa police in order to secure a confession without evidence?

THE APOSTLE
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NICK …..YOUR GUESS IS AS GOOD AS MINE….THEY WERE TORTURED TO THE LAST CORE.

THEY DID NOT STEAL THEY PICKED SOMETHING PERIOD