3 cops arrested over soldier’s shooting: Malawi govt ‘deplores’ killing

Three Malawi Police Service officers are currently in custody for allegedly shooting to death one of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, Lance Corporal Prince Lameck by patrol officer on Saturday night.

Investigation under way: Chibinu (send from left) with Insector General  at the news conference

Investigation under way: Chibinu (send from left) with Insector General at the news conference

The identities of the police officers arrested have been shielded.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Paul Chibingu told reporters on Thursday that the three officers would remain in custody while joint investigations by MDF and Malawi police are underway.

Chibingu was addressing the media on the incident and was franked by deputy Minister of Defence, Jappie Mhango, Police Inspector General (IG), Paul Kanyama and MDF deputy Commander General, Griffin Supuni Phiri.

The Minister deplored the fatal shooting of the soldier in Zomba, describing the incident as regrettable.

“It it is very regrettable and unfortunate that a precious life was lost in the course of providing security,” Chibingu said.

Chibingu said joint investigations by the MDF and MPS are in progress.

“We also wish to inform the nation that the three (3) MPS Officers involved are currently in custody awaiting findings of the joint investigations,” he said.

Chibingu and Mhango have since appealed to Police to be professional when carrying out its duties, and urged junior members from both MDF and MPS to remain disciplined and always emulate the good example set by their superiors.

“We further wish to advise the two (2) security organizations not to take the law into their own hands but to be professional and follow standard operating procedures.

“They should also avoid engaging themselves in wrangles as they could not take the nation forward but result into breakdown of security which can be detrimental to the development of our beloved country.”

Deputy Minister of Defence Jappie Mhango agreed with Chibingu that the incident was unfortunate and asked police officers and MDF soldiers to coexist peacefully.

There was tension in Zomba city on Saturday (last weekend) as tempers boiled up at Cobbe Barracks following the killing of Lameck.

MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda said Lameck, from Phwandaphwanda   Village,   in   Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu, was buried with full military honours. He was born on May 17 1987 and joined MDF on January 3 2008.

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71 thoughts on “3 cops arrested over soldier’s shooting: Malawi govt ‘deplores’ killing”

  1. Vyapasi says:

    What I know is that a Chancellor College student was shot dead in broad day light by police and no justice has been accorded. Paul Chibingu my colleague please follow up on this matter.

  2. Davie Duwe says:

    May his soul rest in peace, the guy is gone lets not talk much about it, we were not there on the scene but God knows everything, who are we to judge? We all read bible. i believe one day chilungamo chizadziwika.

  3. stevenvisambo says:

    MHSRIP

  4. Dez small Soidiers kukula mtima ngati usoja anayamba iwowo,l personaly knw bigmen in de military hu respect demselvez & neva indulged demselves in dez fulish acts,chonsecho av small papers az dea rank + using ma certificate a amalume,behaving az if usoja ndi ntchito ya ankolo awo,plz get a lyf,osati mukakhala pa malo aliyense azichita kubooka m’chilu ngat mumawadyetsa ndinu,zopusa,apolisi,pwilizi,iphani yense ofuna kutionongera mtendere pa nyasa pano,we av had enough of dez criminalz & u small soidierz ikatha2,ndi G4s basi.

  5. clement says:

    In my observation,I ‘ve observed that Soldiers are rude and am 100% backing Police . Reason, few yrs ago Wanderers were playing Mafco in the cup finals at Kamuzu stadium and Nomads won the cup.After the match barbaric soldiers begun to beat Wanderers fans even that time Yona Malunga fought against these soldiers,so is that fair? Being a soldier its not the threat to people.Weldone Police and don’t be intimidated.

  6. SALU says:

    Macomment Anu Enanu Ndi Apolice,muzapangisa Kuti Muzave Zowawa Osowa Okulandisani.Musunge Mawu Amenewa.Muzayaluka Mutasowa Mtendere.Ulinde Madzi Apite Uziti Ndadala.

  7. Bob Mhango says:

    MHSRIP

  8. Federalism says:

    U ah indeed A Babylon, coz in ur heart, there is kunyenga, kunama, kuba, kusokoneza, wh@ u ah talking is not for de peace, ndiwe odanitsa. Ndife amozi, tisamenyane, mulipo a military azibale anu ali ku Police ndipo a Police ena abale ali ku military, kodi mukayamba zimenezi,,,,,,,,, simuphana bachibale? Lets love each other ,we are all Malawians. MHSRIP.

  9. Amuna ngunda ngunda,wakumalowa . says:

    HEY koma ababylon mumagwa chifufu kapena mumapanga zamizimu, zaumaria , nanga ndizomwezi , inusotu mukuyenera mufufuzidwe za nkhumba gate , chinkhni chonsechi kikikikikiki.

  10. Taelos says:

    Its aa great loss no matter what!

  11. Babylon says:

    The information presented to the general publish by commentators on the shooting of the beloved soldier last Saturday, 22nd November, 2014, is very much distorted to the core. Very few people know the truth and have no means to comment on Nyasatimes.

    Let us remember; there are three sides to a story: your side, my side and the truth’s side.

    (1) The soldier was not drunk at all on this fateful night. People just associate soldiers with beer drinking because most of them patronize bottle stores. This is a fact.
    (2) The soldier returned from peace keeping mission to DRC a couple of days ago. Thereafter, he proceeded for a military training at Chikala Hills in Machinga. He returned from there last Friday.
    (3) Indeed, he had gone to welcome his mother and brother from Zomba bus terminus who arrived late.
    (4) The police officers (PMF/PMS) wanted to arrest him and his brother for rogue and vagabond offense.
    (5) The police uttered obscene words to his mother.
    (6) He identified himself and showed his identity card as a soldier before the police officers but the police officers could not take it. This happened in the full view of his relations and guards at Tachirani Pharmacy. It is a known fact that PMF/PMS officers and MDF officers belittle each other over supremacy. The status quo will remain so no matter the effort to reconcile the two.
    (7) A one on one fight broke out between the soldier and one of the police officer (PMF). Noting that the police officer was losing the fight, another police officer shot in the air in a bid to end the fight. The soldier continued fighting the police officer. Thereafter, the soldier was shot on the leg to incapacitate him. Contrary to what the police officers expected, the soldier charged at them even more. This led to him being shot further two bullets at short range; one across his upper lip and the final fatal one on the stomach.
    (8) The soldier aimed at snatching a rifle from one of the police officer way after he was already shot in the leg.
    (9) His relations fled from the scene when the first shot was made.
    (10) Upon realising the consequences of their actions, they abandoned the soldier and drove off. The soldier bred to death.
    (11) The body of the soldier was taken to Zomba Hospital at dawn by concerned people.
    (12) The police met the guards in the morning and took them to Zomba Police for interrogation way after the concerned people had already interviewed them.
    (13) Please refer to “malawi watchdog” website to see the image of the soldier and the damaged caused by the second bullet. This is very pathetic to do to a fellow human being.
    (14) A large turn out of fellow soldiers over (150) one hundred and fifty in their military uniform attended his funeral function at Zomba mortuary. I personally briefly witnessed the funeral function at Zomba Central Hospital mortuary.
    (15) Let us all wait and stop commenting negatively and see the reports from independent commission of inquiry instituted from both sides probing the matter.

    1. Joyisi Banda says:

      people did not make up any story. what people comment on is what they have read on this page.

      When the story first came out it said he was drunk, and wanted to snatch a gun. You have confirmed he wanted to snatch a gun.

      If you want blame anyone for incorrect story blame Nyasa Times.

  12. ABASI says:

    AMANEYU NDIWABODZA TE!!!

  13. Bwampini says:

    Mbuzi za anthu zikulamula boma, amalawi tili mmadzi!!

  14. Kawambactzen says:

    Guys,tinene chilungamo,if u wea a policeman and at night wina azikulanda mfuti mungatan?akanalanda mfutiyo akanamuombela…..choipa chitsata mwini.Wapolisi wanzelu.ophedwayo akanakhala civilian bwenz mukuti wapha chigawenga..gud police man.deffensive.

  15. muyawo says:

    mwana wa munthu ali pafupi.

  16. Kau says:

    Aaaaaah Malawi Defence Force please thyapani a Police akuzolowera kwambiri. Dzineso anapita chimodzimodzi. Akutheni agalu amenewa achangamuke.

  17. Puludzu says:

    Chitsiru ndi chibingu, minister osathandiza. Palibe chanzeru wanena pamenepa, kaya anakupatsiranji ministry imeneyi. Ukanakhala wanzeru sukanakokomeza chonchi. Mbuzi.

  18. MMALAWI says:

    zachasowa mukanika kufufusa evn kumanga anthu.koma bsy mau mbwe poti ndi msilikari?

  19. hi
    on the some note, i would like to address this to the chairman of the Lilongwe Academy board board of directors that the teachers at the school are not happy with a number of things
    since the departure of mr Kasambara who believed in motivating teachers, things are not okey there.
    as a concerned parent, i have heard the following:
    1-teachers who mark the entrance examination used to receive something after marking but this year they struggled to get it.
    2- The school charge an extra amount on different examinations ,so that the extra will carter for invigilation and other things but now i hear that those who were invigilating just ended form 5 exams will not get anything yet the board okeyed the payment
    I hear that there is an accountant by the name of flora who does not like to see teachers motivated

    I hear she is the one who store money during the excursion trips buy buying things which teachers did not budget for last year, she was supposed to buy 10 creates for a certain group but only bought 6, the other four no one knows what happened.

    so if the trend will be like this , i hear that teacher shall no longer invigilate the coming Cambridge examinations let alone mark entrance examinations since it seems they are just being used for nothing

    MY son just received a letter indicating as to how much he will pay for his exams next year

    so my questions are
    is this the way u still from parents in the name of examinations Dr Zingano?
    -if a teacher is not motivated , how can he or she work hard?
    Dr Sharra, to u sa chairman of PTA, FIND OUT ABOUT THIS , NO WONDER HIGH TEACHERS ARE LEAVING IN NUMBERS, THEY SEE NO FUTURE AT THE ONCE FAMOUS LILONGWE ACADEMY.
    -TO YOU MR BOBE, DO NOT JUST TAKE WHAT EVER ADVICE FLORA GIVES U, FIND OUT FROM THE PRINCIPAL FIRST, TEACHERS ARE CRYING

    1. Bantu says:

      WRONG PARKING

  20. izakwana nthawi says:

    zinthuzi zikukoma kuyankhula coz ndi nsilikali, one day it will be you and vise vesa

  21. General Savimbi says:

    Generally most of these MDF personel are stupid and uncivilised. Ku Kamuzu Barracks kuti chitsilu ichi amachiti Wonder Timeyo makolo ake ali ku Chitedze. Uneducated koma kumangofuna kusowetsa anthu mtendere, kumwa mowa osalipira, kudya chips osalipira zonse akuti poti anavutika ku training as if tinachita kumukakamiza. Uyunso titchaya sikale and itulukanso munyuzi!

    1. Jakisoni wa malungo says:

      Zoona, ameneyu ndi savage kwabasi. adzaona polekela.

  22. mwiko says:

    I am totally saddened by this shooting, whoever issued the the command to shoot must be ashamed . BUT how about other people i mean civilians who were also shot by the same police force, sorry service??. There was no statement from government. We are saying by implication, those are less important koma??

  23. phiriwaphiri says:

    HI
    I CRY FOR THE LILONGWE ACADEMY, SINCE THE DEPARTURE OF MR KASAMBARA, THINGS ARE NOT OKEY, AS A CONCERNED PARENT, TEACHERS ARE CRYING SAYING THAT MR BOBE IS RECEIVING WRONG ADVICE FROM THE ACCOUNTANT BY THE NAME OF FLORA
    SHE IS BLOCKING ANYTHING FOR THE TEACHER
    FOR EXAMPLE, I HEAR THAT NO ALLOWANCES WILL BE PAID TO THOSE WHO WERE INVIGILATING CAMBRIDGE EXAMS FORM 5 YET THEY SAID THAT THEY WILL PAY THEM IN A BOARD MEETING BUT THEY HAVE CHANGED THE GOAL POSTS.
    AND YET PARENTS ARE ASKED TO PAY MORE FOR EXAMS
    I THINK THE ACADEMY IS NOW STEALING FROM PARENTS IN THE NAME OF EXAMS SHAME ON YOU BOBE AND FLORA
    THE TEACHERS ARE NO LONGER MOTIVATED
    AND THEY WILL BE MASS MOVEMENT COME JANUARY NEXT YEAR
    SO DR SHARRA, AS PTA, DO SOMETHING OTHER WISE THE ACADEMY WILL NOSE DIVE
    AND TO YOU DR ZINGANI, DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS ?

  24. Ask why says:

    Koma Peter A Mutharika, Please revise the conditions of srvices to Police. Have you ever thought of the houses they occupy in Limbe. Please when going to Ndata deliberately use the Soche Chinyonga Kanjeza road. On your right as you go up from Limbe market you will see their houses. I do ask myself what is wrong with us Malawians? How can we motivate the police with such pathetic houses. Please! Paul Chibingu help Peter. Motivate your men in uniform.

  25. ibrahim makwati says:

    APOLICE mwangao ndi osalakwa chifukwa asilikali ankhondo ndiamatama amaona ngati iondiye basi palibe winanso taonani APOLICE analipa ntchito koma sanafune kumvesesana ndiye vuto ndindani

  26. Ask why says:

    Koma mowa wakewo Lamekiyo. Chilipo chomwe anachita kuti zifike pamenepo. Inu a MDF mufufuze bwinobwino. Lameck amamwa modetsa nkhawa eeeeeeeeesh!

  27. Nyaliki says:

    So what if they were on duty? Ndiye umuli umenewo. Are you saying if you are on duty then you just shoot anyhow like mad person.

    Many of you commenting are police officers or relatives of police officers. These guys have to be arrested. You can’t just shoot someone like that. It shows irresponsible behaviour. You tell me three police officers could not overpower one person. I think these are weak police officers.

    What many of us know is that police officers are rude. You cannot reason with them. They always intimidate people when you try to reason with them, more especially if they have a gun. Vimangeni ivo vizolowela. It should be a lesson.

  28. Nyaliki says:

    Many of you commenting are police officers or relatives of police officers. These guys have to be arrested. You can’t just shoot someone like that. It shows irresponsible behaviour. You tell me three police officers could not overpower one person. I think these are weak police officers.

    What many of us know is that police officers are rude. You cannot reason with them. They always intimidate people when you try to reason with them, more especially if they have a gun. Vimangeni ivo vizolowela. It should be a lesson.

  29. Observer says:

    I thought they have been ordered to shoot to kill any one suspicious and they are obeying orders why arrest them?

  30. Papa says:

    Nothing wrong with the Police officers, please set them free and let it be a lesson to all the soldiers.

    1. ujeni says:

      most of malawi soldiers are involved in armed robberies in one way or another

  31. Support our policemen and women says:

    The police men were on duty giving the country the much needed security. Only a thug would want to take away a guy from the hands of a police man. Let these men go please. I hope they are being treated nice. If these men are ever harmed, I would ask all police men never to bother providing security in the country. Given the insecurity in the country, this is the time to support our police men and women, not to victimize them to appease our inept solders. Nyanja yapita ali busy kupanga practice ma choir, kumadzipaka matope. Idiots.

  32. chilungamo says:

    Wait a minute. Does anyone remember what the President said when he appointed Kanyama. Does anyone remember Kanyama’s first vow? Who gave police instructions on “shooting to kill”. Does anyone remember the instructions police were given during the July 20 fracas? Does anyone remember names of policemen involved in the Chasowa murder?
    I have asked all this bcoz it seems Malawians are notorious for nursing short memories and it is the reason hav already believed what the minister of defense is saying.
    Soldiers plse you know where the finger is pointing and it certainly not junior police officers who only carry out instructions from above. Cry My Beloved Country

  33. collins says:

    The Soldiers have always proved rubish and useless.Go and find out in all baracks’ s garisons ,units and what’ve u.they think they r above the law .All r security apparatus and one can not call the other akazi athu ,they r ignorant of divison of labour.they r forgeting we want the department out,they r draining our resources for nothing,kumaka tola mitembo kunja,mkalandila ndalama nkumaononga mabanja awanthu.thank nature,bingu died,zambia could ‘ve taught u a lesson.u r there to protect us from foreign aggresion and not to intimidate citizens or other d partments.Ntchito ikhalile kumwa masachet everyday ndi ku sesa kutchetcha ku ntchito, this time around learn to be what u r,fools.

  34. ARMY AND POLICE = = =MDF AND MPS, controlling the country,provide protection,safety of the nation,guard against threats,essential services in times of emergency, and to provide security to the country.
    But now it is opposite to what is happening in Malawi. not only now but ever since, even the time of MYP it was the same.
    Look here because it is the issue of the forces both sides, care of the matter is being taken and smartly investigated——— AKANAKHALA MUNTHU WAMBA ZERO ———– NOT EVEN A SINLGE STEP COULD HAVE BEEN TAKEN OR ANY ACTION AT ALL.

  35. Gabro says:

    HEY HEY HEY. NO DISCUSSION PLEAZE. RELEASE THESE GUYS RIGHT AWAY. THEY DIDNT KILL A SOLDIER THEY KILLED A CRIMINAL. IF. HE WAS A SOLDIER HE WOULD HAVE BEHAVED AS ONE. ANYAMATA ODZIWA NTCHITO YAWO AMENEWO. GUYS MUKATULIKA KAPITILIZENINTCHITO YOTAMANDIKAYO

  36. The Patriach says:

    Apa funso lomwe lingamveka bwino ndi lokuti kodi kasankhidwe kapena vetting mchizungu, zimayenda bwanji kupolisiko ndi ku MDF chifukwa sizowona kuti chifukwa munthu ali ndi certificate ya MSCE basi atha kulowa ku MDF kapena ku MPS. pakufunika kuwunika bwino anthuwa chifukwa muli zidakwa ndi zimbalangondo zina zobisala mmenemo ndithu.

  37. JON CENA THULANI says:

    Zili. Bwino

  38. Reuben Kelly says:

    What de Bible says!

  39. Citizen banda says:

    M’mesa amazipopa kuti analumbila kuti akhoza kupha munthu na mam’mangilanji.

  40. BalakaGuy says:

    Pa july 20 paja nanga ndi chifukwa chiyani mumathawira ku ma barracks?mbuzi za wanthu.

  41. M~GUY says:

    Amangiwe basi, amazolowera aphulisawaa, asamtenge lamulo m’manja mwawoooo, iyaaaaaaaaa

  42. Mac says:

    Dzaipa chifukwa aphana okhaokha, akadakhala anali wadela adakayamikilidwa kt agwira ntchito. Asiyen osawamanga

  43. Penani Unenesko says:

    Police officers were on duty;release them.Why did he want to grab a gun from police officer.
    In my opinion police officers were not wrong.Mind you policemen are also sons and daughters of Malawi and are on guard to protect us.What is required is let us respect each others job.

    My advice to the government,please revise conditions of service for these police officers as well.There job is also risky.Increase their perks like any other of their equivalent grade.Let love our police ,lets give them confidence.

  44. Blessed Banda says:

    This has been done to please the Malawi Defence Force. I see nothing wrong with what the officers did. Army personnel always incite violence because they get trained and thereafter they have nothing to do. They want to exercise what they trained on on the general public or the Police. Too pompous and indiscipline they are. They are only disciplined to their superios not the discipline we know that they can be role models.

  45. opportunist says:

    Nawonso ave kutetha .These pple are so heartless

  46. Kanyimbi says:

    Army ya Malawi palibe zomwe imachita. Bolaninso a polisi. Malamulo amakana munthu kunyoza wa polisi pa ntchito. Ndiye msilikali uyu amafuna kulanda mfuti. Kodi uchigawenga upose pamenepa? Chonde amasuleni a polisi amenewa.

  47. COYSON says:

    Mabwana a police mantha. adakalanditsa futi bwezi muti amangidwe wapha chigawenga chufuna kulanda futi mwawamangaso. ndemuti azitani kugwira tchito kwake? kunzuzu apolisi adalanditsa futi dzana mukuti atulo.

  48. pyepye says:

    Palibe nkhani pamenepa. Akaphedwa ivilian simumakamba chili chonse mumati wakuba. Musatisokose nazo zimenezo. Anthu amenewa amayerekedwa as if they are doing a charitable work yet they are paid more than necessary. Akayeni apolice wo mahule akudandaula.

  49. anachita bwino kumuombera amafuna kulanda mfuti ngati ndani asilikali mumaöna ngati ndinu madolo

  50. Louis mlomwe wachitonga says:

    well done. issue is handled maturely

  51. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    These police officers should NOT be in custody, unless this is for their own protection. Fact finding investigation can occur while they are still at work, like maybe on desk jobs.
    Putting them in jail seems premature indictment to me. These police were only doing their job, as far as we can tell so far. They were just enhancing our security.
    Please, minister Chibingu, do not rush to judgment.

  52. Lutepo in hiding says:

    Why arresting officers who were on duty at night and shot somebody who was loitering at night and wanted to snatch a gun from these officers? Where is the logic? Was he supposed to let the gun go and let this army officer shoot him? Aaaaaah tamaganizani uyu msilikali analakwa pofuna kulanda nfuti olo ndikanakhala ine sindikanachitira mwina kuombera basi..

  53. Penu says says:

    OSAMAPHANA NOKHANOKHA AMALAWI TONSEFETU NDI PACHIBALE.TIKHALE OTOLERANA

  54. Malodza says:

    Awatuluse chifukwa adali panchito asilikaliwa asiye m’chitidwe olanda anthu mfuti azikukomolani chon’cho anthu osatha ndewu inu.

  55. Sosten Gwengwe says:

    Zitsiru zimenezo azizipha choncho.

  56. Titus German says:

    No immunity in this proffession. Anthu anali pantchito and somebody attempted to snatch a rifle. Oooooh my foot

  57. Susan says:

    Koma Kumamveserana Zophanazo Zitheretu

  58. Gift Kayipa. says:

    Those 3 cops were on their duty.just release them ngatidi mwawamanga.it is very doubtful if they are in .

  59. olira says:

    Zakhala bwino pamenepano

  60. Lanjeni C!! says:

    So bad for the Officers!!

  61. GANGAMFUNO says:

    ATAYENI AMENEWO THEY WERE ON DUTY KODI AKANAWALANDA MFUTIYO NKUWAPHA SIBWENZI MUKTI NDIOGONA WHY MUMAKONDELA MUPANGAPO INVESTGATE CHANI APITE KU NTCHITO AKAKUMANANSO NDI WINA OTELOYO AGWETSE

    1. ineyo says:

      Indeed the policemen were on duty and this soldier wanted to snatch the rifle, what would happen? tikananyoza kumene kuti wa police sakutha ntchito walandidwa mfuti!!! release them please.

    2. Vinco M says:

      I totally agree with you, the so called soldier behaved like a professional criminal. Amafuna kulanda mfuti ya Police officer, nanga adakayilanda zidakatani? I salute the Police officers for the bold action which they took. The soldier acted like a criminal and he was duly treated as such. Once again i salute the Police officers who were on duty on that fateful night.

      1. Lady Gaga says:

        Who said the army guy wanted to snatch a gun form a police guy. Do you think the police guy could have said the soldier wanted to snatch a whore from him? The other one is dead and could not even hear his story. Umbuli pa malawi too much.

  62. mmihavani says:

    Do not arrest them. These army fools amakula mitima for nothing. They just eat, drink, smoke and sleep with prostitutes on taxpayer’s money for nothing. Bola policemen they work day and night. Tanzania ikuopseza uku iwo ali gruu gruu gruu kugona, stupid. We dont need army here. We need a strong police.

    1. asolo says:

      Very true baba! I sipport u 100%! Please run for President! U r very wise and have common sense like Solomon

    2. bromaya says:

      I support the idea, thanks for voicing out what was in my mind too. Amanyanya a army kunyoza ndi kutukwana ma civilians especially when they are in groups. Release the policemen plis otherwise patrolling at nite isiyika.

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