Malawi Police have arrested nine more locals on allegations that they were involved in the torching of Kumbali Lodge property over land wrangles in the capital Lilongwe.

Malawi national Police spokesman James Kadzadzera has since confirmed about the arrests.

“Yes its true we have arrested the bunch of 9 people on similar charges and they will be taken to court soon,” said Kadadzera.

Meanwhile the Malawi Police Service has condemned the torching of Kumbali Lodge properties.

“We would like to condemn in strongest terms the unbecoming behaviour of some individuals from Area 44 in Lilongwe who threw dialogue to the wind and caused mayhem at Kumbali Lodge premises on Sunday, October 19, 2020.

“They have extensively damaged two buildings, set on fire seven vehicles and stolen some valuable items at the premises,” said Kadadzera.

The bone of contention was the land the villagers are claiming is theirs which, on the other hand, Kumbali Lodge owners lay claim to.

“There is a court order restraining the villagers from occupying the disputed land. The police wishes to remind everyone and the people of Area 44 in particular, that court orders have to be respected at all times, failing which contempt of court charges apply.

“Police further reminds all and sundry that, in the face of grievances, proper and legal channels of delivering grievances have to be always followed other than resorting to mob justice,” he said.

The arrest of nine brings the total number of those incarcerated to 47.

According to Kadadzera those arrested will likely answer charges of arson, malicious damage and theft.

The police are still patrolling the area to ensure order and stability, which has already been restored.

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