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Man electrocuted in BT

Electrocuted man


As vandalism cases of Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) properties are on the rise, a man in Blantyre (unidentified) has been electrocuted while trying to vandalize an ESCOM transformer.

According to Public Relations Officer for Limbe Police, Inspector Patrick Mussa, the initial findings revealed that the unknown man together with other accomplices went to vandalize the ESCOM transformer in Machinjiri Township, area 9, in the city.  

“It is alleged that while tampering with the same, he got electrocuted but his friends escaped.

“Police detectives visited the scene and found him in possession of spanners and screwdrivers,” Mussa said.

The man was later taken to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where he was pronounced dead.

According to Mussa, the dead body is still at the hospital's mortuary pending identification and postmortem.

Police have since warned perpetrators against the vandalism of ESCOM transformers, as they will be tracked down and brought to book.

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Chichiri prison escapee arrested

in custody -Charles Charlie


Police in Chikwawa are keeping in custody 25-year-old Charles Charlie who allegedly escaped from Chichiri prison.  

According to Police, he bolted from said facility in January this year, while serving a jail term for robbery.  

Charlie was arrested in the early hours of Sunday, June 5 2022 by Nkumaniza Police at his hiding place in Dzenje village near the Mozambique border.

Charlie, who in an interrogation, admitted the offense, will be taken to court for escaping from lawful custody.

Meanwhile, the Police have stated that communications with Chichiri prison have been made for identification.

Charlie hails from Kambelengende village, Traditional Authority Tengani in Nsanje.  


Ntchisi murder suspect dies in hospital


A man who was arrested in the wee hours of Tuesday morning for allegedly murdering his brother and wounding his parents has died while receiving treatment at Ntchisi District Hospital, a few hours after his arrest.

Ntchisi Police Spokesperson, Yohane Tasowana who identified the suspect as Edward Chatambalala, 41 said he was arrested for allegedly murdering his younger brother, Jericho Chatambalala, 24 at Chimtsekwa Village in Traditional Authority (TA) Chilooko’s area in the district.

“It is alleged that while on full intoxication of alcohol, Edward stabbed his young brother for no apparent reasons and after killing his younger brother, he stabbed both his parents,” he  said.

According to the Police Publicist, the suspect who was arrested around 2 am on Tuesday only spent about thirty minutes in Police cell before he was taken to Ntchisi District Hospital where he died a few hours later while receiving treatment.

“At the time of his arrest, his head was swollen and he had a wound,” Tasowana said.

He said Postmortem results indicate that the death was due to internal bleeding.

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Man arrested for illegal mining

Chisasa Tungamire


Police in Mulanje have arrested a 51-year-old man identified as Chisasa Tungamire for allegedly doing illegal mining in Mulanje.

Spokesperson for Mulanje Police, Sub-inspector Gresham Ngwira has confirmed the arrest saying a forest ranger found Tungamire with a bag of minerals. 

Ngwira further said the minerals which are believed to be Quartz are suspected to have been extracted from the mountain.

the minerals
the minerals 

Meanwhile, the minerals are expected to be taken to the Geological Survey Department for examination.

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19 students arrested at Mayani Seconday School

Damaged property


Police in Dedza are keeping in custody 19 students from Mayani Secondary school suspected to have  damaged school property.

Public Relations Officer for Dedza Police, sub-inspector Edward Kabango confirmed the arrest, saying the students have damaged 245 window panes and 60 chairs at the school.

Kabango added that 135 window panes at the Mayani Police unit have also been damaged by students.

The student’s protests started on Sunday night following the arrest of a 19-year-old Form III student at the school who was accused of raping a classmate aged 16. 

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“The students wanted to force the school authorities to initiate the release of their fellow student who was arrested for rape,” Kabango said.

 The school has since been closed until further notice following the violence.   

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Chikwawa road accident kills 3


Three people have died in a road accident in Chikwawa following a carnage involving a minibus and a motorcycle.

Chikwawa Police Station Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Dickson Matemba said the three include the minibus driver identified as Mavuto Justin, 32 and motorcycle riders identified as Isaac Chimunthu Banda, aged 45 and Memory Kabango Chimunthu Banda who were husband and wife.

Matemba in an interview on Tuesday said the minibus registration number BX 8070 was coming from Nchalo heading towards Ngabu with ten passengers on board.

“The accident happened at around 7 pm on Monday at Kulima Village near Crown Plantations in Ngabu along the Blantyre-Chikwawa M1 Road.

“What happened is that, upon reaching Kulima Village, the minibus driver was overtaking a motor vehicle when it collided head-on with a Yamaha AG 200 registration number CK 1388 which was coming from the opposite direction,” he said.

Matemba said that upon the crash, motorbike riders sustained head injuries and were later pronounced dead upon reaching Ngabu Rural Hospital. 

Whereas the driver sustained jaw injury and later died while receiving treatment at Chikwawa District Hospital, according to Matemba.

He said the other ten passengers escaped with minor injuries.

Justin hailed from Ngalu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Ngabu in Chikwawa while the couple hailed from Nkhotakota District.


Man commits suicide over family issues


A 39-year-old man, Gibson Phiri of Mputa Village in the of Paramount Chief Chikulamayembe in Rumphi Tuesday committed suicide by hanging himself on allegations that his wife accused him of spending money on beer instead of supporting his family.

According to Rumphi Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), Sergeant Tupeliwe Kabwilo, the deceased
and his wife had been quarrelling over the issue for some time.

She said due to continuous misunderstandings between the two, the wife decided to leave the family and went to stay with her close by brother.

“Upon realising that the wife had escaped and left for her brother’s home, Phiri decided to commit suicide by hanging himself,” Kabwilo.

She said before hanging himself, Phiri left a note in his pocket stating that he killed himself over family matters.

Postmortem conducted at Rumphi District Hospital revealed that Phiri died due to suffocation. Police in Rumphi are advising people to refrain from terminating their lives whenever they face challenges but should seek guidance and counselling relatives, religious leaders and victim support units.
Phiri hailed from Wimbe Village in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Wimbe in Kasungu.


MUBAS student arrested for theft of laptop in Chitawira


Police in Blantyre are keeping in custody Lawrant Mbewe, a student at Malawi University of Business and Applied Sciences (MUBAS) for allegedly entering into a dwelling house where he stole a laptop computer.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday, Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer, Sub-Inspector Peter Mchiza said on March 28, 2022 at around 10:00 hours, Mbewe entered into a room of his fellow student Khwima Kayira who stays at Chitawira while the owner was away.
Mchiza said the suspect stole a laptop computer valued at K250,000 and sold it the same day at Blantyre Flea Market.
“The matter was reported to Soche Police and enquiries were instituted. The Investigations led to the arrest and successful recovery of the said stolen laptop,” he said
Mchiza said the suspect will be taken to court soon to answer charges of entering into a dwelling house and committing a felony which is contrary to Section 309 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, Police is appreciating the good working relationship with the public which is leading to effecting more arrests of criminals and recovery of stolen property.
Mbewe hails from Jimu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji District.


Sex worker found dead at a rest house in Mchinji


A 29- year-old sex worker, Veronica Solomoni, was found dead in her room at Gazebo Bottle Store in Mchinji on Thursday.

Solomoni went missing from January 5, 2022 until she was found in her room on Thursday, January 13, 2022, in a decomposed state,

Mchinji Police Station Officer, Charles Mpezeni, told Malawi News Agency (MANA) that Solomoni was working at Gazebo Bottle Store at Mchinji Trading Centre where she had her room to service men.

“Solomoni was last seen on 5th January and her co-workers thought she had travelled, but on 13th January, they discovered [that] a strong smell was coming from her room, and her body was found in a decomposed state.

“Beside her body was a screw driver and bed sheet was wrapped on her head. A postmortem done at Mchinji District Hospital revealed that Solomoni died due to suffocation secondary to wrapping of head with clothes,” Mpezeni explained.

He said the police suspect foul play and have since launched investigations.

Solomon hailed from Dama Village in Traditional Authority Dambe in Mchinji District.


Gule Wamkulu cult member arrested for sodomy


An 18-year-old boy has been arrested in Ntchisi District for allegedly sodomising a 10-year-old boy at a Gule Wamkulu initiation camp within the district.

Ntchisi Police Spokesperson, Sergeant Yohane Tasowana said the suspect, who he identified as Brino Daniel, is accused of sodomising the boy in August this year at the initiation camp at Chindewe Village in the district.

The boy did not disclose the ordeal to anyone as the suspect threatened to kill him if he did.

It is alleged that Daniel took the boy from a place he was playing with a friend within the camp to a hidden place where he had carnal knowledge of him and promised to give him K200, which he did not,” said Tasowana.

He said the victims step father, upon noticing that his step son was having difficulties in walking, confronted him on October 29 this year when he revealed about the ordeal.

After checking him, he reportedly discovered that his anus was swollen.

Medical examination indicated that the victim had been infected with syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease.

Daniel, who hails from Chidaye Village in Traditional Authority Kalumo in the district, has since been charged with sodomy and will be appearing in court soon.