Written by MERCY MALINDA
BLANTYRE--Police in Blantyre have intercepted two individuals suspected of human trafficking. The suspects were taking five people including a 14 year old boy against their will to a cotton farm in Dedza, according to police, police spokesman Lameck Thembachako told Malawi NewsAgency.
“On September 10, we got a tip from a minibus driver that some two men boarded a minibus which he was driving accompanied with five people identified as Makatha Patrick 18, from Suliwa village, Malisenu Zacharia 23, from Vularo, Elick Juizi 17 from Vularo village, Damson Sabuneti 20 from Vularo village, Frank Edwando 23 from Vularo village and a 14 year old boy his name withheld all from Miranje district bordering Malawi and Mozambique, who appeared to be unaware of exactly where they were going,” said Thembachako.
He said the two men who were identified as Friendson Mphepo, 28, and Dyton Mbawa, 22, both from Dedza asked the minibus driver to drop them off at Wenera Bus depot in Blantyre for fear of being seen with the five.
“However, the driver declined the request and instead dropped them at a nearby terminal where the suspects with the victims started off to Wenela Bus Depot and the driver reported the matter to police who were patrolling around Mibawa Bus Terminal in Blantyre,” said Thembachako.
The police spokesperson said after receiving the tip, the police rushed to Wenela Depot and apprehended the two suspects who had already boarded a bus to Dedza together with the victims.
The two suspects will appear in court soon to answer charges of human tracking.
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