17 Arrested for vandalism of water infrastructure in Chiradzulu

By Andrew Salima

Police in Chiradzulu has arrested Simon Kaposa, 47 and 16 other people belonging to CFK Security Company who were responsible for providing security at Southern Region Water Board structures in Chiradzulu on suspicion that they vandalized the improvised water intake and emptying the recipient tanks while protesting that they did not receive their two months salaries.

Chiradzulu Police spokesperson Constable Cosmas Kagulo says the suspects committed the offence during the night of August 14 to 15, 2023 at Chiradzulu Southern Region Water Board.

Constable Cosmas Kagulo

Kagulo says, “the guards are alleging that they did not receive their monthly salaries for the months of June and July, and on Friday August 11, 2023, they wrote a petition to the water board expressing their anger and threatening to deal with any officer who will report for duties at the water board offices.”

However, the suspects instead of waiting for the response from Southern Region Water Board headquarters in Zomba, they resorted to damaging the water intake and removing the drain plug for the two tanks which resulted in no piped water supply to residents and offices around Chiradzulu Boma for two days.

All 17 Security guards were arrested for malicious damage following the report Chiradzulu Police Station received.

The suspects hails from Ching’amba village, Traditional Authority Onga in the same district.