Police in Rumphi are keeping in custody Beston Khonje, 40, and Pilirani Khonje, 20, in connection to the torching of five houses and a maize mill and property worth K9 million.
They commited the offense on October 4, 2020 at Katope area in Mzimba north.
“Report compiled at Rumphi Police Station shows that the whole story began in July 2020 where 9 bales of tobacco belonging to Justin Nyasulu got stolen by unknown criminals.
In course of searching, 7 bales got recovered. However, Chimwemwe Nkhata was suspected to have played a role in the loss of the said tobacco. Consequently, he was severely assaulted which made his relatives to seek revenge.” Said Mnjere
“On October 4, a group of misguided villagers went after the family of Nyasulu and managed to set ablaze five dwelling houses and maliciously damaged a maize mill. From the time of the incident, the suspects have been on the run until the mid night of Tuesday, October 13, 2020 when police arrested them.” He explained
Inspector Mnjere, has indicated that both Beston Khonje and Pilirani Khonje come from Maganga village in the area of Inkosi Jalavikuba in Mzimba North.
“The two will appear in court soon to answer charges of arson and malicious damage which contravene Sections 337 and 344 of the Penal code respectively.
Meanwhile, police continue to appeal to citizens to avoid engaging in criminal activities. However, those who choose not to obey will meet the long arm of the law.” He added
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