Malawi Police in Mzuzu have recovered a Toyota Vitz motor vehicle registration number BT 959 which was stolen early this month at Ekwendeni Trading Centre about 20 kilometres from the city.
The vehicle, which belongs to Martha Chawinga, was being used as a taxi. It was stolen on the day it was hired by two customers to go to Ekwendeni where they latter attacked the taxi driver before fleeing with the vehicle.
The incident was reported to Mzuzu Police Station who launched investigation immediately. The two culprits were arrested in Lunzu in Blantyre where they were trying to sell it to an Indian.
Mzuzu Police Deputy Public Relations Officer, Cecilia Mfune, said they are keeping in custody two men identified as Ephraim Jere and Kingsley Ngwira for stealing the car.
“These two are in custody waiting to appear before the court of law to answer the charge of robbery, contrary to Section 301 of the Penal Code,” Mfune confirmed.
Jere, 35, hails from Phokesa Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T.A.) Mtwalo in Mzimba District while Ngwira, 32, comes from Nasho Village in the same traditional authority.
Mzuzu Police registered two other similar cases this year.
“Earlier in February, , we had a case whereby a taxi driver was brutally murdered by the customers who hired him to Ekwendeni. They then stole the vehicle,” Mfune added.
The police have since advised the taxi drivers to avoid operating alone but should be accompanied by an assistant in their operation.
The arrested suspects of the stolen but recovered vehicle will answer the charge of robbery when they appear before the court of law