Two police officers based at Mzuzu State Lodge have been arrested for their alleged role in a series of armed robberies in Mzuzu City.
Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya yesterday confirmed the arrest of the two Malawi Police Mobile Service officers, but could not give more details as he said investigations were in progress.
But he said Malawi Police Service (MPS) will not shield any officer implicated in crime.
Said Kalaya: “As it is at the moment, I can only confirm that we have arrested two police officers after they were mentioned by suspected robbers we arrested on Friday.
“Of course, as the police, we will make sure that the law takes its course and will not shield anyone. It is in the interest of the current administration of Inspector General Lexten Kachama to flush out all bad apples in the police system.”
Mzuzu State Lodge is the official residence of the President in the Northern Region city.
Director of State Residences Peter Mukhito, a former police IG, yesterday refused to comment, saying he would only grant a media interview if the issue was presented to him through the presidential press secretary Mgeme Kalirani. Kalirani did not pick up his phone when called several times for comment.
The arrest comes against a background of several police officers being arrested or implicated in robberies, including violent robberies where lives and property have been lost. In some cases, it has been established that police resources, including guns, were used in the robberies.
Police sources yesterday identified the arrested duo as Wyck Njolomole, 28, and Misheck Makweza, 30.
The sources alleged that the two were letting out police uniforms to the robbery gangs to be disguised as police officers.
Police traced the duo after seven suspects arrested in connection with robberies in the city mentioned their alleged role. The seven have since been remanded to Mzuzu Prison to pave the way for investigation.