Police in Mzimba have expressed concern over increasing murder cases in the district. Since January 1 2018, the district has recorded five murder cases.
Out of the five, three were recorded in February. Ironically, the cases surfaced after police intensified campaigns against mob justice.
Mzimba Police Station spokesperson Peter Botha said the deaths in February were recorded in just two weeks which is worrisome.
He said the first case was recorded on February 3 while the third case was recorded on February 17.
Suspects in two of the cases are still at large. In the other case, the suspect has been arrested and will answer a charge of murder, according to police.
“During the night of February 3 at Chindindindi, Witness Phiri, 75, was brutally murdered by unknown people. This came a week after unknown criminals also murdered Khennah Zimba, 80, at Bulala. The suspects are still at large.
“On February 15, Ackison Zimba,16, was murdered allegedly by his friend Lyson Kamanga, 25, of Chimbwangando Village in Traditional Authority Mmbelwa in the district after the two picked a quarrel,” he said.
According to Botha, the other incident took place on Saturday, February 17 at Bulala where a guard Peter Mlotha, 55, of Alufeyo Mlotha Village, T/A Mpherembe in the district was brutally murdered by unknown criminals.
Murder cases increased from 28 in 2016 to 37 in 2017. n