A wildlife assistant at Liwonde National Park in Machinga on Wednesday shot to death a poacher who was found in the protected area with a weapon.
According to police in the district, the deceased 28 year-old Enock Damiyano, was accompanied by his two friends who are currently at large and their identities not yet known.
Machinga police spokesperson Davie Sulumba who spoke with Malawi24 on Friday said 32 year-old Kwame Mvula who is a park and wildlife assistant at Liwonde National Park reported to police after he shot the man.
According to Sulumba, the shooter together with his workmate Dennis Naminga were on duty patrolling within the park when they saw three poachers right in the park, one of them carrying a muzzle loader.
Mvula shot in the air using his M16 riffle to warn the poachers after one of them had pointed the muzzle loader to the two officers.
After noticing that the poachers were not moved, Mvula shot one of them on the stomach and he died on the spot.
The remains of the poacher Enock Damiyano were taken to Machinga district hospital where postmortem revealed he died due to excessive bleeding as a result of a bullet wound.
Enock Damiyano hailed from Ntamila village in the area of Traditional authority Nsanama of Machinga.