In an effort to curb crime in Mchinji district, police have netted 18 suspects for various offences.
Mchinji Police Public Relations Officer Kaitano Lubrino said that the exercise which targeted suspects who have been on the run after committing various offences was conducted during the night of September 22.
“The suspects comprising of nine female and nine male suspects were arrested around the area surrounding Mchinji boma,” said Lubrino.
He added that some of the suspects have been charged with rogue and vagabond while others are those who were not honoring their bail conditions hence facing re-arrests.
These exercises form part of routine police operations that facilitates the arrests of all wanted persons in order to reduce crime in the country and Mchinji in particular.
The police in Mchinji have since urged the general public to report all suspected criminals to police in order to achieve a crime free district and nation.
In a related development, Limbe police officers on Thursday arrested 38 suspects during a sweeping exercise in the township.
According to Public Relations Officer for Limbe police station Widson Nhlane, the suspects have been arrested for committing various crimes.
Nhlane said this has happened because of the reports they have been receiving from members of the general public who had been reporting cases of theft by trick.
He added that the police deployed civilian officers to deal with cases of theft by trick during business hours.
Nhlane further said the suspects will appear in court to answer charges levelled against them.
The charges include theft by trick, robbery with violence and rogue, and vagabond.
Additional reporting by Victoria Milanzi