Police arrest 5 over removal of road protective barriers

Malawi Police have arrested five people for allegedly removing roadside protective barriers.

Suspects in the roadside metal removals
The metal ridges removed from roadsides

According to the police, the five suspects are in police custody at Nkhata Bay police station for allegedly removing the metal ridges that are usually fixed on the edges of the road either at sharp bend or along the bridges.

Police have identified the suspects as: Daniel Phiri, 45, of Chikumbi Village, Harrison Chirwa, 34, of Eliam Village, Mgezenge Chirwa, 45, of Eliam Village, Watson Chirwa, 26, of the same village.

All the suspects come from T/A Khonsolo in Mzimba District, and Ibrahim Sidick (transporter), 39, of Makuta Village, T/A Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

Police said in the early hours of December 10, 2020 Nkhata Bay police received a tip from a community member about a suspicious motor vehicle, registration number BK 5497 Mitsubishi carrying metal objects suspected to have been removed from Nkhata Bay -Dwangwa M5 road edges.

Following the tip, an immediate follow up was instituted which led to the arrest of the suspects just near Dwangwa, said the police.

The arrest includes the driver whose vehicle carried the stolen property and the motor vehicle has been impounded for exhibition.

The suspects will appear in court soon to answer three offences leveled against them which include: theft, malicious damage and endangering safety of persons contravening Sections 278, 249 and 344 of the Penal Code respectively, according to the police.

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iyamw
iyamw
5 months ago

chavala jeketecho ndichigawenga guys

Gwalidi
5 months ago

I knew the suspects would be tumbukas from the dead north.

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
5 months ago

Zinjateni mbava zimezi basi.Iwowa sadziwa kuti zikwangwani ndizofunikira pa chitetezo.Anthu aku thengere amewa aone nyekwe basi.Malawians have no sense of ownership when it comes to government property.Why should a sane man aged 45 not know the importance of road furniture?Minister Mtambo please civic educate these thugs.

FIRE MABOMBA
5 months ago

stiff punishment please

kapilitiwa
5 months ago

five years basi

Northerner defender
5 months ago

Anthu awa akuwonjeza , all the way from Mzimba and Nkhotakota to Nkhata bay just to steal these barriers. Then u need to blame the Tongas there after that they damaged the Road by stealing these barriers??

Good job to the one who tipped the police , I understand he is a Tonga himself to protect their integrity.

ADA
ADA
5 months ago

Punish these vandals with stiffer penalties.

Ochewa
Ochewa
5 months ago

Just charge these idiots with murder as a summary of their cases. Their conduct could lead to occurrence of fatal accidents. Or just give them life imprisonment with hard labor just to make sure that these kind of people are eliminated from the society.

Nyekhwe
Nyekhwe
5 months ago

Only in Malawi

Bibo
Bibo
5 months ago

Barbarism will take a long time to end in Malawi. This is the mindset we are talking about.

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