Barely weeks after Mchinji Police Station rescued 21 victims of human trafficking and intercepting one suspect in the process, the police have once again arrested a Zambian national and one Malawian in connection to 4 victims who were being trafficked to Zambia.
Mchinji Police Sation Public Relations Officer (PRO) Insp. Kaitano Lubrino confirmed the development, saying the Police acted on a tip-off.
"The police on August 26 fruitfully arrested a 34 year old Malawian man identified as Mateyu Mnyowe who hails from Matunduluzi village in the area of Traditional Authority Kalolo in Lilongwe after well wishers suspected him and tipped the police over his criminal act," Lubrino explained.
According to Lubrino, the tip has facilitated to rescue 4 victims, Sitifano Chikalema (30), Alick Santhe (55), Ganizani Anthony (18) and one child whose name is withheld all from Lilongwe.
"The arrest of Mnyowe has assisted the police to broaden its investigations to establish the perpetrator behind him where results pointed towards a Zambian who was left behind in Lilongwe where he was still persuading to recruit more would be victims.
"Mnyowe also revealed that he was just used as a middle man who among his task was to facilitate the transition process from Lilongwe to Zambia where the victims were supposed to work in tobacco fields.
"The police then tactfully followed up and arrested the said Zambian National identified as Nason Phiri (42) who hails from Chipata, a provincial headquarters of Eastern Zambia at Matunduluzi village T/A Kalolo in Lilongwe," Lubrino said.
Meanwhile, both suspects will answer charges of trafficking in persons under section 14(1) of the Trafficking in persons Act whereby The Zambian national will also answer a charge of illegal entry once investigations are concluded.
The Evangelical Association of Malawi through Mchinji Pastors’ Fraternal in collaboration with Mchinji Police station, on August 26 this year, organized a Big Walk which ended up with speeches at Mchinji Trading Centre with the aim of fighting the emerging issue of human trafficking in Mchinji.
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