Police in Nkhata Bay have arrested three more people suspected to have had a hand in the fight between Chinganga and Hanambo villages, leading to two deaths and torching of over 50 houses in Hanambo.
The three are in police custody for allegedly taking part in assaulting Seti Nkhoma, 35, at Old Maula Trading Centre in the district, an incident which sparked the fracas. Nkhoma was severely beaten and he died on the spot.
Nkhata Bay Police spokesperson Kondwani James has identified the three as Zumani Manda (41), Chindikani Banda (20), from Hanambo Village, and Wilson Phiri of Kalonga Village, all from Traditional Authority Fukamalaza in the district.
The fresh arrests mean that six people are now charged of murder, while 18, currently on bail, are answering 35 counts related to arson.
Said James: “Nkhoma was severely beaten such that he died on the spot. On the following day, the situation turned volatile as people from Chinganga Village [relatives to the deceased] invaded Hanambo Village where they killed one man and burned 52 houses.
“Investigations on both incidents led to the arrest of the first set of 21 suspects who were formally charged with various offences. Further investigations have led to the arrest of the current three suspects who have been apprehended for murder.”
In September, first grade magistrate Robert Makaika granted bail to 18 suspects in the matter, the group suspected to have a hand in the torching of over 50 houses.