Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—Police in Blantyre have arrested four men for being found in possession of stolen Malawi Telecommunication Limited’s (MTL) cables.
The arrest comes barely few days after police in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe impounded a 15 tonne truck carrying cables suspected to have been stolen from MTL, Water Board and Electricity Supply of Malawi (Escom).
The suspects, who were arrested on Sunday by law enforcers from Ndirande Sub-station, are Brian Ali, 32, from Neno district, Issa Lazaro, 25, from Blantyre, Sam Beni, 26, from Blantyre and Smart Nyalugwe, 44, from Balaka.
They men are believed to have dug and stolen 150 meters of MTL communication cables.
“Police received a tip from the public that the first suspect, Brian Ali, who was on the wanted list for robbery with violence cases, was seen loitering at Chinseu trading centre in Ndirande Township. Police went to Chinseu trading centre where they arrested the first suspect and his accomplices,” said Blantyre Police spokesperson Lameck Thembachako.
He claimed that the suspects were found with “offensive weapons” which they used when committing such crimes.
Thembachako claimed that one suspect Smart Nyalugwe, was also wanted by Limbe Police in a case in which he abandoned a truck loaded with MTL cables in Mozambique. He had been on the run until Sunday when he was arrested for a similar case.
Thembachako said during interrogation, the suspects revealed that they had stolen MTL cables at Makata Industrial site.
He said when Police officers and MTL Security Manager, Mr. Bonwell Kaleke, went to the scene of crime and established that about 150 meters of cables worth over MK3 million had been stolen.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013