Police in Phalombe have arrested nine men in the district for allegedly digging a drainage across the tarmac road for the flooded water to cross over the other side of the road at Muzombwe Village in Mulanje district.
The incident occurred on January 15 around 09:00 hours along Zomba-Jali-Phalombe road at Mphulanya and Muzongwe villages in Traditional Authority Ndanga in Mulanje district.
On the material day, some men from the mentioned villages went to the tarmac road and started digging a drainage across the road so that flooded water should cross over the other side of the road.
It is reported that the area has been receiving rainfall throughout the night. Following the heavy rains, some houses in Mphulanya Village are affected by the flooding water along Nakamba stream.
Upon receiving such report, officers rushed to the scene where they arrested the law breakers.
The nine suspects will appear in court soon to answer charges of malicious damage leveled against them.
The nine are Dalitso Mitumba, 33, Feston Phulanya, 50, Frank Justain, 38, Brian Mponda, 18, Sautso Lucius, 24, Rogers Julius, 25, Goodwell Nyalugwe, 58, Phillmoni Katiwa, 51, all from Traditional Authority Ndanga in Mulanje district, and Kenneth Juma, 25, of Mumbuwa Village, Traditional Authority Jenala in Phalombe.
Meanwhile, Phalombe Police is advising the general public to seek advice from local leaders in their areas when they encounter problems to avoid such malpractice.
Sgt Innocent Moses
Public relations officer
Phalombe Police station