Nine Netted in Phalombe for Digging Trench Across Tarmac Road
Police in Phalombe have arrested nine men for defacing public infrastructure after they allegedly dug a drainage trench across a tarmac road to allow flooded water flow across the road.
Phalombe police spokesperson, Sergeant Innocent Moses, told Zodiak Online Wednesday that the nine were caught in the act on the newly- constructed Zomba-Jalli- Phalombe- Chitakale road.
According to Sergeant Moses, that area in Phalombe has been receiving heavy rainfall throughout the night of Tuesday, a development that led to the bursting of the banks of Nakamba Stream thereby causing floods in households in Mphulanya village.
Sergeant Moses said the development forced some men in the area Wednesday morning to rush to the tarmac road where they started digging a drainage across the road so that flooded water could flow across to the other side of the road.
He said the police got a tip and rushed to the scene where they found the nine and arrested them.
" The suspects will appear in court soon to answer charges of malicious damage which have been leveled against them," said Sergeant Moses.
The suspects, Dalitso Mitumba, 33, Feston Phulanya, 50, Frank Justain, 38, Brian Mponda, 18, Sautso Lucius, 24, Rogers Julius, 25, Goodwell Nyalugwe, 58, Philemon Katiwa, 51, and they all come from the area of Traditional Authority Ndanga in Mulanje district, while Kenneth Juma, 25, come from Mumbuwa Village.
Meanwhile, police in the district have challenged people to seek guidance from relevant authorities to avoid such behavior.