Malawi Police officer arrested over shop breaking, rescued from mob justice

Malawi Police in Ntcheu have rescued their own colleague from mob justice after he was caught, whilst in uniform, breaking into a shop.

Criminal cop: Police Officer identified as Constable Ralph Banda (centre) among suspected robbers

Ncheu iolice public relations officer confirmed the incident and said the police officer, Raphael Banda, is at Ntcheu Police Station awaiting to be charged for an offence.

Chigaru explained that Banda and his accomplice Zakaria Wyson from chief Kwataine’s area in Ntcheu were allegedly caught by people breaking a shop at Mtonda Trading Centre.

He said people pounced on them and started administering mob justice when the police were alerted and came to their rescue.

However, the angry mob, who bayed for the blood of the police officer and his accomplice, injured a police officer in the rescue team. They also damaged a police land cruiser vehicle.

Chigaru said the police rescue team just came on time when the mob wanted to set the suspects on fire.

This incident comes just days after a woman police officer has been interdicted after her nude pictures went viral in social media.

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Many police officers have links with armed robbers. No wonder they have cars, and even beautiful houses. some even boasts that they have everything. Amatibera ndi omwewa.

John Phiri

The issue here about recruitment and selection criteria. Its policy is being ignored. An investigation will reveal this suspect policeman was close relation within the ranks and files of the Police. Cronyism and corruption are the cause for poor selection of law enforcers. Cases of this type must prompt management to review selectionpolicy implementation and draw lessons for improvement

Mbolo Sidwala


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