Malawi mob justice: Suspected thief burnt to death

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A suspected thief has been torched to death by an angry mob in the area of Chief Ndamera in Nsanje who accused him of stealing seven herds of cattle.

Police in the district have confirmed about the gruesome killing of a 32 year old Maxwell Chikoti who hailed from Mchacha village in the area of T/A Ndamera in Nsanje.

According to Nsanje Police Station Public Relations Officer,Surgeant Agness Zakoma,Chikoti was attacked alongside his two colleagues but they have managed to run away.

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Burnt to death. (File)

“It’s true that angry mob in the area of T/A Ndamera have torched to death Maxwell Chikoti,a resident of Mchacha village. What happened is that late Chikoti in conjunction with his friends were found with seven herds of cattle which are suspected to have stolen. And upon interrogating them the three began to run away. Unfortunately,late Maxwell was caught in the process and burnt to death”,narrated Surgeant Zalakoma.

The gruesome killing of Late Maxwell Chikoti followed a similar incident in which seven people were also torched to death by mob justice at Tengani Trading centre where until now nobody has been arrested.

Of late,Malawi has seen the rising cases of mob justice across the country in recent times which forced President Peter Mutharika to speak out against the plight. #

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Acting national Secretary, Martin Chiphwanya also added its voice to condemn mob justice and warned that people should not take matters into their own hands.

“It is worrisome to note that people have resorted to mob justice whenever the alleged cases of theft, robbery and witchcraft are reported in communities while we have courts and police officers,” Chiphwanya said.

Chiphwanya said law enforcement should make more of an effort to gain public trust so the public can desist from taking matters into their own hands due to distrust of the courts.

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  1. Dont Judge Someone Course There Is Someone Who Will You,them,I,they Even A Thief.If You Have Judged Him,who Will Judge You Course You Have Sins Than Him?We Have Prisons That We Keep Them And Prison I7 Place Where We Keep Those Who Break Laws Of The Malawi And People Who Do Not Sins But Because Of Unable To Speak In Court. So Let Everyone Who Has Done This Take Him To Prison.Killing Alive Someone Does Pay Us But Is Sin That God Can Not Happy Anymore.Only God Can You And I.

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  8. Imeneyo ndiye Nsanje. Imangolanga yokha ndipo simunati. Watsala iwe waku Bangula. Mzako anakafera ku chipatala chaku Nsanje iwe unathawa. U’ll be the next

  9. Musaweluze ndipo mungazaweluzidwe that’s why we have police and court, and remember what the Bible says ( Do not kill?) But we killing why guys?

  10. Government Has A Major Role In Restalling Trust In Communities So That Rule Of Law Is Upheld! Poor Funding To Police, Corruption Among All Stakeholders In The Justice System, Extremely Liberal Legal Framework That Emphasizes Rights Without Responsibilities And Provocatively Lenient Sentences From Courts Are Some Of The Major Causes Of Mob Justice!!! Let The Minister Of Justice Work With The Malawi Law Commission To Tighten The Legal Framework!!! Let There Be National Dialogue On How Mob Justice Can Be Eliminated!!!

  11. Anthu akatopa ma results ake ndi amenewo,so sad that there are some people who think taking what’s not theirs is the only solution in the name of poverty.ulesi too much

  12. Mob justice is only sad where there is a case of a mistaken identity but as long as this happens to the real criminals, then its okay. Since we embraced democracy, criminals are treated like kings by our justice system so yes why not mob justice!!

  13. Ayambe kugenda mwala yemwe sanachimwepo chiyambile inu munakagenda? Bwanji muweluza nzanu ndichilango choopsa pomwe uchimo wanu ngokanika kuusenza… futseck devils….mxxm

    • Iwe nawe ungatani munthu wakuba kubwera kunyumba yako nkumafuna kukupha ungaziteteze motani utapeza mpata oti utaha kuzipulumusa pomupha iye ziwa kut wakuba akamaba akamabwera kukhomo kwako wakonzeka kuzakuphaso iwe amene man muzikhala ndinzeru

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  15. If i am not wrong U’ve said 7 heards of cattle not 7 cattles! Olo akanamugwira ndi ng’ombe imozi ameneyo amayenera kufa basi! Ndiye zoona magulu 7 a ng’ombe??? Ndiye kuti zinali ng’ombe zingati??? Kkkkkkkk wafera ntchito zake ameneyo

  16. If i am not wrong U’ve said 7 heards of cattle not 7 cattles! Olo akanamugwira ndi ng’ombe imozi ameneyo amayenera kufa basi! Ndiye zoona magulu 7 a ng’ombe??? Ndiye kuti zinali ng’ombe zingati??? Kkkkkkkk wafera ntchito zake ameneyo

    • Siya funso limenelo umakhala ku Nsanjedi iwe makola ang’ombe akutha.Ndiye nawe ukunena zakuchigayo kwazaza kuotcha basi.Posachedwapa ikhalano mbiri sopano

  17. Thats Good,titani Nanga Poti Ku Police Kuli Chinyengo. A Cashgate Wanso Amangopulumuka Poti Amagwidma Ndi Boma,tikanakhala Kuti Timagwila Tokha Tikanangopanga Zmenez

    • Ku neno anapha mfiti zimene zinapha tsikana wa dzaka 18 ndi mphezi tsikanayo anasiya mwana wa miyezi 7. anthu pokwiya anayamba kufufuza amene abaponya mpheziyo atawapeza anaphedwanso ndiathu. Apolice anabwera ndikumanga anthu okwana 6. Pano anthu akuba akumaotchedwa koma boma silikumanga anthu ootchawo bwanji? Ifenso ku neno kuno tikuti mutitulutsire

    • mr #Duma chirwa was the lady alone duringa the act of chigolocho? where was the man ? you r also a sinner cos Mathews 7 Vs1 tells us more about judging other’s……!!!!!