The United Nations has issued a stern warning against Malawians who indulge in mob justice against suspected thieves, saying they will face the law.
Cécile Pouilly, spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights says Malawian authorities should act quickly to identify and prosecute those involved in the killings.
She added by calling on government to compensate victims of the atrocious acts.
“We urge the authorities to address the root causes of these attacks and to launch an awareness campaign to encourage people to report crimes to the police, rather than to take justice into their own hands,” said Pouilly.
The UN has also commended President Peter Mutharika for condemning the unlawful acts but expressed concern that his government is not doing more to support the Malawi Police in their fight against mob.
Cases of mob justice have been on the increase over the past two months with nine separate incidents recorded.
Last week, a mob stormed a police station and took a man who was wrongly accused of murder out of his cell and killed him in Dedza.
In another case, seven people who were found in possession of human bones were attacked and burned alive by an angry mob in Nsanje.