Peter Kadawati, son to former General Secretary of Blantyre Synod of the CCAP and the current minister at Mulomba CCAP Parish in Blantyre, Rev. Macdonald Kadawati, is alleged to have masterminded the armed robbery at Petroda Filling Station in Lilongwe two weeks ago, in which one police officer was killed.
Police said they arrested Peter at his house in Blantyre on the night before another gang member was shot dead at Kameza roundabout on Monday this week. The police were traveling to Lilongwe with other suspects before spotting the robbers at Kameza Round About in Blantyre. Two gang members escaped while one was shot.
National police deputy spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa, alleged Peter masterminded the robbery and financed the operation.
Gondwa also confirmed that Peter was indeed the son to the Reverend Kadawati of the Blantyre Synod of the CCAP.
“He was giving transport and money to the robbers. He is the son to the Reverend Kadawati. He is now in Lilongwe (in police custody),” he said.
Rev. Kadawati expressed concern over the incident but said he could not disown his son. He said he left the matter in the hands of the court. He asked for prayers to make him and his family strong during this trying time.
“This is a big challenge to my service which I have rendered to the Lord. This is my 31st year as a church minister without such an experience. I have taught my children and family how to live. I have never been a naughty boy but this is what I can get in the end.
“I believe God wants to teach us something. Jesus had 12 Apostles and one of them was a bad apple. Please pray for us. We are living on earth where so many things are happening,” said Kadawati on Thursday.
On Friday last week, police arrested three suspects connected to the Petroda robbery where over K46 million was stolen and a police officer killed. Two of the suspects were arrested in Blantyre while the third was cornered at a relation’s home in Mayani, Dedza.
Police spokesperson, Rhoda Manjolo, last week described the suspects as notorious criminals who had been causing havoc in the country. According to Manjolo, when arresting the suspects in Blantyre, they recovered two guns and rounds of ammunition.
Meanwhile, police have recovered five vehicles some of which the suspects bought using proceeds from the Petroda robbery.
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