4 people in Mponela, Dowa have been arrested on suspicion that they took a hand in vandalising Bowe Police Unit. This was in an attempt to grab and deal with a habitual criminal who was in the police cell.
The suspects were arrested on October 17, 2020. They are Yosofati Mtsitsa 32 and Isaac Mtsitsa 27 both from Magweru Village as well as Wilson Lenard 27, from Nsangu Village and Patrick Chikakuda 33, from Mgabiza village T/A Chakhaza in the District.
It is on record that on October 5, 2020 community members at Bowe Trading Centre apprehended a habitual criminal Patrick Eneya 26, on allegations that he stole a motorcycle. He was handed over to the police.
The following morning, news broke out that Eneya was in police cells and this prompted the irate residents in the surrounding villages to storm the police facility baying for his blood.
The angry residents pelted stones and extensively damaged the police facility. It is believed that the arrested four were amongst the vandals.
The Commissioner responsible for Central East Police Region Mr. Happy Mkandawire on 0ctober 8, 2020 during an emergency meeting at Bowe Trading Centre assured the people that despite the damage to the police facility, police services will not be interrupted in any way.
He further advised the people in the area to always engage contact and dialogue when they are aggrieved with services from the police.
The suspects will appear before Mponela first grade magistrate court soon to answer charges of malicious damage. Police is likely to make more arrests in connection to the office vandalism.
Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, Public Relations Officer,
Mponela Police Station.