16 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:02 AM
21 people arrested in Balaka for walking at night
The archaic laws of rogue and vagabond have slapped 21 people in Balaka and the Police are counting it as victory as they have also managed to apprehend people on their wanted list.
Police in Balaka district on Saturday night arrested 21 people in a sweeping exercise they conducted.
According to the district’s police public relations officer Inspector Edith Kachotsa, the arrested people are being suspected to have committed several crimes in the district and other surrounding areas.
Kachotsa said five of the men were also on the police wanted list as they committed crimes such as house breaking and theft while the other nabbed suspects will answer charges of rogue and vagabond except one person who was found in possession of Indian hemp.
“For the last two months we received several complaints of house breaking and theft. So, upon seeing the increased number of the complaints, we thought of conducting a sweeping exercise and there it goes where 21 suspects with different crimes have been arrested,” said Kachotsa.
The publicist continued by saying that their aim is to reduce incidences of crime since they have been recording many cases over the past year.
The 21 suspects will appear in court soon to answer charges laid against them.