An extensive investigation into motor vehicle theft has resulted in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) recovering two cars in Mozambique that were reportedly stolen in Lilongwe earlier this year.
Central Region Police spokesperson Ramsey Mushani said the breakthrough to recover the vehicles came after police arrested two men in connection with the theft of the vehicles.
The two, Alfred Mwale, 27, of Toleza Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nsamala in Balaka and Emmanuel Shawa, 34, of Emanyaleni Village, T/A Mtwalo in Mzimba, were arrested on June 7 at Mchesi Township in Lilongwe.
Mushani said last week an Anti-Motor Vehicle Theft Unit team went to Mozambique to search for the stolen vehicles.
“They went to Chizolomondo area in Makanga District in Mozambique where they recovered a Toyota Corolla VVTI belonging to Lameck Mkandawire of Ken Tours and Car Hire and a Toyota Porte belonging to Fryson Chodzi, both from Lilongwe”, he said.
Mushani said late March and early June this year, the first suspect, Mwale, approached Mkandawire and Chodzi separately where he introduced himself as a Kadawati, a director in the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development responsible for Agriculture and Food Sustainable Project.
Added Mushani: “The suspect told them that he was looking for vehicles to hire for the implementation of the project, but when he was given the cars, he never returned them and instead took them to Mozambique to find a market.”
The two will appear in court soon to answer a theft charge contrary to Section 283 of the Penal Code, according to police. n