Police in Mzimba on Tuesday, arrested six people for allegedly looting and torching three shops.
Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said the six are suspected to have looted three houses and slashed three maize fields at Mtende Trading Centre in the district.
He said the culprits damaged property worth about K5.6 million.
Kalaya said: “The suspects are accusing the three victims of being responsible for the murder of their relative, Agrim Njolwa who was killed by unidentified criminals in November 2019 at his place of work at the trading centre where he worked as a guard.”
He also said Njolwa’s family consulted a traditional doctor to help in identifying the assailants following the murder.
“It is alleged that the said traditional doctor told them that Oswald Lungu and his two brothers—Joseph and Yohane Mseteka were responsible for the murder,” said Kalaya.
As a result, the suspects mobilised themselves to slash the maize fields and loot, according to Kalaya.
He said police are also looking for the witchdoctor.
The six suspects are Foster Njolwa, 42, Mike Nkhoma, 25, Titus Njolwa, 34, James Njolwa, 54, Simion Nyirenda, 35 and Fishani Mhango, 28, all from Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba.
The six, who are expected to be remanded at Mzimba Prison today, will answer a charge of malicious damage which is contrary to Section 344 of the Penal Code.