Police on Tuesday arrested four more vendors in connection with the burning of Mzuzu City Council (MCC) offices and vandalism of mayor William Mkandawire’s house last month.
This brings the number of detained suspects to eight.
Detectives rounded up half of the detainees in their homes on Sunday.
Northern Region Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya on Wednesday described the newly captured four as key in the pending arrests case.
However, he refused to disclose their names to avoid jeopardising investigations.
“We expect to make more arrests because more people were involved in the burning of the offices at Mzuzu Stadium, vandalism of the mayor’s home in Mchengautuwa Township and assaulting of council officials,” he explained.
Mzuzu Vendors Association vice-president Gerald Maulana, who earlier ruled out vendor’s involvement in the violent attacks that happened shortly after council officials demolished shops at Vigwawa Market, asked the police to bring to book people who looted their shops.
He claimed the vendors lost merchandise worth over K170 million.
Kalaya said the police have not received any complaint of the said plunder.
“The case that we are handling was reported to police. That is why we are making arrests,” he said