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VANDALISED—Aquatic Sports Complex

Kawale Police have arrested six people for allegedly stealing building materials valued at over K6 million at the Aquatic Sports Complex, which is situated at Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.

The suspects have been identified as Naphtali Kasisa, 29, Lazarus Chakhadza, 34, Triza Samson, 23, Levison Nkhoma, 29, Chosaziwa Khumalo, 48, and Umali Damison, 35.

Kawale Police Public Relations Officer Mabvuto Phiri said the six were in police custody following the incident, which occurred on December 24.

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“Investigations were instituted after receiving a complaint from a stores clerk who discovered in the morning that building materials had been stolen.

“Kawale detectives went flat out on ground and managed to arrest the six and recovered some items.

“It is on record that on December 24, 2022, during the night, the guards, who were assigned to provide security at the warehouse that had in stock different building materials, connived with a potential customer and former stores clerk to allow the entry of a motor vehicle with the intention to transport the stolen items. After receiving the cash, the guards left their duty post,” he said.

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Among the recovered items are 28 buckets of paint, 34 cartons of tiles and five circulation water pumps.

Phiri said the police impounded the truck that was used during the operation.

“The suspects will appear before court to answer charges levelled against them,” he said

Meanwhile, Phiri said investigations were underway to apprehend other accomplices, who are at large, and recover the remaining items.

Among the stolen items are six circulation water pumps, 78 cartons of tiles, bags of cement and 30 buckets of paint amounting to K6 million.

Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports Jameson Ndalama could not comment on the basis that the police were still investigating the matter.

The Aquatic Sports Complex hosted the African Union Sports Council Region 5 Youth Games before it was handed back to the contractors for completion of some works.

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