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Six nabbed over Ekwendeni murder

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Police in Mzuzu City have arrested a 22-year-old woman and five men in connection with the gruesome murder of 34-year-old Emmanuel Harawa.

The body of Harawa, who was plying his trade as taxi driver at Ekwendeni in Mzimba, was discovered on Saturday. It had no head and private parts.

Mzuzu Police spokesperson, Martin Bwanali, said two of the suspects— who work at one of the garages at Ekwendeni Trading Centre— were caught painting a vehicle, Toyota Vitz registration number LL 5279, which is believed to have been stolen from the victim.

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Bwanali said the four other suspects were found in possession of a mobile phone belonging to the deceased.

“The painters have told us that they can identify the person who brought the vehicle to their garage. And we are yet to follow up on the information for possible arrest.

“We have also recovered the mobile phone of the deceased from a woman who is married to one of the three suspects. The woman is in police custody,” Bwanali said.

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Private parts, believed to be those of the victim, were discovered some three kilometres away from the scene of the incident, according to Bwanali.

The suspects have been charged with murder, which is contrary to Section 209 of the Penal Code. The date for court appearance is yet to be set.

Bwanali identified one suspect as 32-year-old Fanuel Baluti from Mkomba Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni in Blantyre. The other mechanic, whom we cannot name on the ground that he is a minor, is a 16-year-old man from Blantyre.

The other suspects are Charles Nyirenda, 25, Richard Nyirenda, 29, Moses Nyirenda, 28, and Catherine Ngulube, 22 , all from Mbiriyakula Village, T/A Mtwalo, in Mzimba.

The law enforcers have therefore asked the general public to report the remaining suspect.

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