8 women arrested for gambling in Balaka

Balaka, Police in Balaka have arrested eight women between the age range 18 and 33 years for allegedly found gambling in a clandestine place in Balaka Township.

Senior Superintendent Aggrey Nkhonje of Balaka Police Station confirmed the arrest in an interview with Malawi News Agency (MANA).

Yes, we have arrested these women on the allegation that they were gambling in a secrete place, he said.

Nkhonje said the women were arrested following a tip off from community members. He said that was part of working with the community to do away with petty criminal elements in the district.

This is not the first time we have arrested women for [illegal] gambling. We have been arresting people for committing crimes of this nature. As police, we are hell-bent to root out this vice, said Nkhonje.

The arrested women are; Esnart Mpumila, 22, Chimwemwe Chilima, 22, Miriam Banda, 18, Alice Chikhwaya, 32, Ireen Missi, 31, Cathy Ngolombe, 20, Halima Labison, 33 and Promise Mussa, 26.

All the women come from Kaumphawi Village in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Msamala in Balaka. They are expected to appear before the court of law to answer charges of gambling.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA