'Suspicious' fire guts Malawi Police headquarters

Many Malawians have said they are treating a fire that gutted Police headquarters building as suspicious.

The blaze at the workshop in a food store room about 700 metres from Police Headquarters started in the afternoon, according to National Police spokesperson Dave Chingwalu.

It caused thousands of Kwacha’s of damage though the fire brigade put it out.

Earlier speculation was rife that an office had caught fire and that evidence on important cases was lost in the inferno.

This comes after Malawi’s new President Joyce Banda sacked police chief and hired a new one.

Her Excellency Banda appointed Lot Dzonzi as the new inspector general of police with effect from April 8, replacing former top cop Peter Mukhito, appointed by late president Bingu wa Mutharika two years ago.

Mukhito, who rose from being a guard commander of Mutharika’s security, has been accused of mishandling anti-government riots last year in which 19 people were killed.

The Malawi police service has about 8,000 officers.

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