The Central Region has recorded the highest number of murder cases, accounting for 41 percent of the 1 636 cases between January 2018 and July 2020, police figures show.
The Southern Region comes second with 31 percent, then the North at 18 percent and the East—comprising Zomba, Machinga, Mangochi and Balaka—at 11 percent.
Data from police which we analysed shows that the Central Region registered the highest figure in 2018 of 188 cases and 269 last year while the Southern Region recorded 179 cases in 2018 and 197 in 2019.
On the other hand, the Northern Region recorded 91 murder cases in 2018 and 120 in 2019.
Lilongwe is the epicenter in the Central Region while Blantyre has the most concentration of murder cases in the South. In the North, Mzimba is the leading killing zone.
In 2018, Lilongwe recorded 85 seconded by Blantyre, 61, and Mzimba 48. In 2019 Lilongwe had 109 cases; Mzimba came second with 67 and Blantyre 61. In the first six months of this year, Lilongwe has 88, Mzimba 38 and Blantyre 31.