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Mulanje police nab four for murder

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By Foster Benjamin & Tiyese Monjeza:

NGWIRA—Police arrested the suspects from their hiding

Police in Mulanje have arrested four people on suspicion that they murdered a 35-year-old man in September this year.

Mulanje Police spokesperson, Gresham Ngwira, said the suspects, who include a 50-year-old woman, allegedly killed Nkhulambe Waleketa on the night of September 21 at Mayero Village in Traditional Authority Mabuka.

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“At that time, Waleketa, while drunk, threatened to kill his sister, Esther Macloud, at her own house. Then, he turned and attacked a passerby, John Somanje, leaving him seriously injured with a fractured right arm,” Ngwira said.

He added that the victim’s relations descended on Waleketa and assaulted him to death in a revenge attack.

“The suspects, namely Benard Enock, 32, Elias Chipoya, 33, Keston Nandolo, 39, and Margaret Chingumba, 50, fled from the village soon after the murder. Following a tip-off, police arrested the suspects from their hiding. They will appear in court soon to answer a murder charge, which is contrary to Section 209 of the Penal code,” Ngwira said.

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Meanwhile, police in the Eastern Region have arrested two Mozambicans and four Malawians over a series of robberies, including the recent theft of Holy Communion and cash at Nsanama Catholic Parish in Machinga.

According to Eastern Region Police Public Relations Officer, Joseph Sauka, the suspects committed three separate robberies from August to October this year, where they managed to steal assorted items worth K3 million and cash totaling K600,000.

They have been identified as Ali Kandido and Juvencio Belute from Mozambique; and Isaac John, Hassan Wyson, Michael Chimombo and Denis Chimobo who are Malawians.

Sauka said on the night of August 16, 2020, the gang who were armed with knives and a rifle, broke in the house of Rose Chisindo Selemani in Mangochi, where they robbed her of assorted items valued at K3 million.

“On September 23, this year, the gang also robbed K300,000 from Esther John Karosi at Ntaja Trading Centre in Machinga. They went to Nsanama Catholic Parish, on the night of 6 October where they stole assorted items including Holy Communion and K300,000 cash,” Sauka said

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