Malawi Police in Kasungu on Wednesday night cornered two criminals who are believed to be part of the gang behind the cases of roof cuttings and robberies with violence in the district.
Kasungu Police spokesperson, Sub Inspector Edna Mzingwitsa identified the suspects as Gift Phiri, 16 years of Chingale village, in the area of Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba district and Yusufu Issa, 21years of Chibwanasamala village, in the area of Traditional Authority Kalembo in Balaka district who died while receiving treatment at Kasungu District Hospital.
“The station recently registered some cases where robbers gained an entry into some buildings by cutting the roof and made away with various assorted items. As the hunting of these wanted criminals were in progress, on Wednesday night two criminals were cornered and arrested after being caught red handed cutting the roof of Mbamboyo Shop which also accomodates Airtel Shop”, said Edna.
According to Sub Inspector Edna Mzingwitsa, she said that during the night of May 17, 2016, Sub Inspector Lovemore Wiziramu, Griffin Nyirenda, Sub Inspector Alick Phiri and Detective Sergeant Peter Lipoche were at Opportunity International Bank and Nyika Bakery on private duties respectively. In the middle of the night, these officers noticed that some men were at the top of the building in question cutting it.
The officers then called their fellows at Nyika who together surrounded the building. When they demanded them to come down, the two jumped from the roof, over the fence and started running away. The four police officers followed them and managed to apprehend Gift Phiri, in attempt to apprehend Yusufu Issa, the police fired in the air but he couldn’t stop. After seeing that Yusufu Issa was not stopping despite warning shots fired in the air, he was shot on the leg and he was then arrested. He was taken to Kasungu District Hospital where he died later.
Meanwhile, police are still investigating to arrest other suspects connected to these crimes.