Malawi Police in the Southern Region have said a total of 239 live ammunitions, a pistol and a pump gun were recovered during the arrest of four murder and motor vehicle theft suspects in Blantyre on Saturday.
The four suspects have been identified as 23-year-old Dumisani Mvula, 38-year-old Chipiliro Gombwa, 35-year-old Dickson Magumbe and 29-year-old Andy Machinjiri.
According to Southern Region Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, the four are suspected to have committed three murder cases in the process of stealing seven vehicles.
Some of the vehicles that the group is suspected to have stolen include a Mazda Bongo, whose owner was murdered, an MTL Toyota Hilux whose driver was killed, and a government Toyota Prado belonging to a Cabinet minister.
An Indian is also said to have been a victim of one of the three murder cases.
Kadadzera said the suspects were arrested after what he described as police intelligence.
“Malawians should know that the police service is always on the ground to ensure that all suspected criminals are actually taken out of our community so that people can go about their businesses with free minds,” Kadadzera said.
He said the investigations are ongoing and there are high chances that the suspects will answer murder and theft of motor vehicle charges.
Mvula comes from Bango Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kaluluma in Kasungu, Gombwa hails from Kaela Village in the area of T/A Nthache in Mwanza.
Machinjiri is from Kampepuza Village in the area of T/A Phambala Ntcheu while Magumbe comes from Chimwaira Village in the area of T/A Chikumbu in Mulanje.
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