Police arrest man over medical drugs, another for Escom cables in Mulanje

A 25-year-old man, Leonard Benjamin is currently in police custody in Mulanje district for allegedly selling medical drugs without permit.

Arrested for selling medical drugs
Arrested for selling medical drugs

Benjamin was arrested on Wednesday (13th April, 2016) during patrol duties by Mulanje police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers led by deputy-Inspector, Chavinda within the district.

“In course of duties, the team came across the said suspect who was selling medical drugs at Chinakanaka market. He was immediately arrested and the assorted drugs seized,” explained Mulanje police Publicist, Gresham Ngwira.

The seized drugs include, among others, LA, Indocide, Bactrim and Panadol.

Leonard Benjamin hails from Luwanje village, T/A Chikumbu in the district.

He is expected to soon arraign on the charge of being “Found in Possession of Medical drugs Without Permit” contrary to Section 45 of Drugs Act.

Nabbed for Cables

Meanwhile,   Police in the same  district of Mulanje are currently keeping in custody a 31-year-old man Patrick Kalilombe for allegedly being found in possession of Electricity supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) cables valued at K10, 000.

Police have said Kalilombe was arrested on Tuesday during a raid/patrol the law-enforcers had staged in the district.

“On the night of 12th April, 2016, a Criminal Investigation Department (CID) team led by deputy-Inspector, Kamusuli was on raid/patrol duties. In course of duties, they found the suspect keeping 24 meters
of the cables,” explained Mulanje police Public Relations Officer, Gresham Ngwira.

Kalilombe is expected to be arraigned on charges of being ‘Found in Possession of property suspected to Have Been Stolen’ contrary to Section 229 of the Penal Code.

“Meanwhile, we urge the public to refrain from this habit as it is counter-productive. If found, such people will be prosecuted accordingly,” warned Ngwira.

Kalilombe hails from Chemaliro village, T/A Nkanda in the district.

Jail for robbery

In a related matter, the Mulanje First Grade magistrates Court on Tuesday sentenced Louis Matemba to 10 years imprisonment with hard labour for robbery with violence contrary to Section 301 of Penal Code.

Matemba is said to have broken into the house of Miss Christina Chirwa (Manageress of Hapuani Lodge) on 2nd February, 2014 and stole mattresses, Samsung and Nokia cell phones costing K163, 000 before
hacking her on the head.

He was arrested and later on appeared in court but he was put on remand at Mulanje Prison pending judgment.

In mitigation he pleaded for leniency, saying he has already overstayed on remand.

But First Grade magistrate, Tsoka Banda dismissed the plea on the argument that robbery with violence is a serious offence deserving a stiff penalty to deter others.

Matemba, 28, hails from Museu village, T/A Mabuka in the district.

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6 years ago

Would you please investigate the source of the drug theft. Am sure you will end up catching the big fish in the process. Reporter, next time aim at being factual and analytical.

6 years ago

Koma Alomwe kuba too much. Bingu stashed too much stolen money in his Ndata farm house. Pitala nayenso akuba osati masewera.

6 years ago

These are people who are merely struggling to survive and give merely basic food to their kids and you arrest them then ana awo mavuto okha okha. Opportunities are nowhere in Malawi and timankhwala timeneto mpaka munthu mumuzunzire ana ake amfiti inu. Do you know how the bacrim helps people in the surrounding villages? Mukakhala pamsana panjovu musamati kulibe mame

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