Police in Lilongwe have arrested 38 individuals, and more are likely to be arrested as investigations are still on in Area 44 Lilongwe, following the land chaos which led to irate residents razing down property worth millions of Kwachas belonging to Kumbali Lodge.
The damage extends to: two buildings, seven vehicles and some stolen valuable merchandise at the premises.
The Malawi Police Service[MPS] has since condemned in strongest terms the unbecoming behavior of some individuals from Area 44 Lilongwe who threw dialogue to the wind and caused mayhem at Kumbali Lodge.
In a statement signed by its National Public Relations Officer, Senior Supt. James Kadadzera dated 18th October 2020, the police say the bone of contention is the land the villagers are claiming to be theirs while on the other hand, Kumbali Lodge owners are of the same claim, though there is a court order restraining the villagers from occupying the disputed land.
The Police are reminding everyone and the people of Area 44 in particular that court orders have to be respected at all times, failure to which,contempt of court charges will apply.
…..’’The police is further reminding all that in the face of grievances, proper and legal channels of delivering grievances have to be always followed other than resorting to mob justice,’’…..reads part of the statement.
The police added that the arrested individuals will likely answer charges of arson, malicious damage and theft, saying officers are still patrolling the area to ensure continued order and stability, which has been restored.
By Vincent Gunde