Some villagers in Mchinji are living in misery after an organized group of six members of the same family set abraze their houses and in the process gutting down all their properties in ashes, said Mchinji Police.
The suspects who have been on the run after committing the crime on October 11, 2016, were cornered and got arrested during the wee hours of November 23, this year.
“One of the victims Mrs Rhoda Kalima, 50 of Chidzuma village under Traditional Authority Mduwa in Mchinji confessed to the Police that both parties have been in a land dispute since 2013 and that their case is still under court”, said Mchinji Police publist inspector Kaitano Lubrino.
Surprisingly on the said date at around 1800 hours the suspects coaxed each other and came to the victims homes accusing them to have damaged a statue bearing a resemblance of their late father that was built some years ago at his tombstone where he was buried in one of the victims garden.
“Following that wrangle, the suspects went on and set ablaze all the five houses at once”.
“By the time the victims wanted to rescue some of their properties it is reported that the suspects stood from a far scaring them by throwing some stones to the extent that all their belongings were gutted into ashes”, concluded Kaitano.
Among other properties damaged includes:- cooking utensils, food stuffs, clothes, money and animals worth Million Kwachas.
Meanwhile, all suspects will appear before court soon to answer charges of Arson which is contrary to section 337 of the penal code when investigations are concluded.
The six are identified as Patulani Ehadi, 52, Eliadi Natani, 50, Kondwani Kanike, 23, Thokozani Fillimon, 19, all comes from Chidzuma village under Traditional Authority Mduwa, while Jaison Waston, 44 comes from Nkhwazi village under Traditional Authority Mabvwere all in Mchinji except Mtumayani Dziwitseni, 21 who hails from Chiwanga village under Traditional Authority Masumba in Lilongwe district.