Malawi army soldier murdered


A Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldier based at Mvera’s Support Battalion in Dowa has been murdered by unknown assailants.

The deceased, Sydney Njelema, is said to have been murdered on 5 December around 6 pm at Chiwere village in the area of  Traditional Authority Chiwere.

Spokesman for the Malawi Police in Dowa, Richard Mwakayoka, says the deceased went to drink beer at Chiwere village after knocking off  from duty at 16:00 hrs on the 5th of December.

However, he never reported back for duty. He was found dead on a path leading to the Battalion the day after.

“We visited the scene and hospital postmoterm  revealed that the deceased died of severe head injuries secondary to assault caused by a blunt object,” said Mwakayoka who said the police are following up on leads to apprehend the assailants.

The deceased hails from Maliwa village in the area of Traditional Authority Chilikumwendo in Dedza.


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