Police in Blantyre have arrested suspected assassin of Dyson Mjojo, a 48-year-old Chilomoni Township resident whose death on June 21 this year, led to protests and torching of Chilomoni Police Sub-Station.
Family members and other residents assumed the deceased was killed by two new police officers who allegedly had a quarrel with the deceased earlier at a nearby drinking joint.
Blantyre Police deputy spokesperson Grace Mwale identified the alleged murderer as Christopher Khumalo from Tilingi Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Phambala in Ntcheu District.
Mwale said Khumalo was arrested on Thursday night after he was found in possession of the deceased’s mobile phones.
The police deputy publicist alleged that after committing the offence, the suspect fled to his home village in Ntcheu until a few days ago when he returned.
Explained Mwale: “The suspect was arrested after our traces revealed that he was in possession of the deceased’s mobile phones.
“However, we also discovered that he was already on our wanted list, having escaped from Sigelege Police Unit after he was arrested for robbery.”
The suspect, according to Mwale, will answer charges of murder and robbery with violence contrary to sections 209 and 301 of the Penal Code.
The 19-year-old will also answer the charge of escaping from lawful custody, which is contrary to section 115 of the Penal Code.
During the protests three police motorcycles, two cars (one belonging to a police officer and the other to a civilian), police records, security equipment, stationery, among others, were burnt to ashes.
Evaluators said last month after the then Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Atupele Muluzi toured the ruins, rehabilitation of the burnt sub-station would require about K10 million.
A group of well-wishers from Chilomoni Township and the surrounding areas have established a task force to mobilise funds for rehabilitating the facility.