Mzuzu — Police in Mzuzu are keeping in custody two Tanzanian Nationals and a Malawian for being found in possession of copper cables which are believed to belong to Malawi Telecommunication Limited (MTL) and Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).
Northern Region Police Spokesperson, Norrah Chimwala, confirmed the arrest of three in a statement issued on Friday afternoon.
She identified the Tanzanians as Abdullah Saidi, 37 and Lewis Grecious, 34 while the Malawian is Chidoki Msuku, 40 from Chivung'oma Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District.
The police statement however did not provide particulars of Tanzanian Nationals' specific district of origin and province.
According to Chimwala, the three were seen loading the cables in a truck with a Tanzanian registration number plate in Luwinga Township.
Then a member of the public got suspicious of the cargo the trio were loading in their vehicle and immediately reported to police.
After getting report, the police immediately swung into action and made a follow up. The law enforcers caught the suspects red-handed at the scene where they were packing the alleged load.
"When we received a tip from well wishers, a follow up was made which led to arrest of the three who were found loading the said cables in a Truck registration number T 229 A2J with trailer registration number T251 A24,"explained Chimwala.
She added that the truck plus the recovered cables, weighing over 50 kilograms, have been seized.
The cables are yet to be valued by either ESCOM or MTL.
Meanwhile, Police in the region have appealed to members of the public to follow the example shown by a citizen who alerted the law enforcers of the Luwinga incident.
"As Police we are calling upon the general public to emulate what this patriotic Malawian has done so as to create a crime free Malawi," she said.
The three suspects are expected to appear before the court of law soon when they will answer charges of being found in possession of property suspected to have been stolen or unlawfully obtained. This is contrary to section 329 of the penal code.