Angry mob beat suspect to death in Balaka

Reports of mob justice are refusing to die in the country with a recent incident about unknown man beaten to death in Balaka district after he was found in a house with an intention to steal.

The incident happened at Nailuwa village in the area of Senior Chief Nsamala in the district.

Detective Sub Inspector Felix Kamkwamba, says the deceased who is about 40 years old, broke into the house of Mr Frank Khuluso who is at teacher at Harare L.E.A. School.

“He was initially caught but unfortunately he escaped after overpowering the owner of the house. He was later caught by the angry mob after Mr Khuluso cried for help.”

Kamkwamba said the suspect was beaten to death by an angry mob who later abandoned him across the railway line and the train cruised over him cutting his body into two portions.

Postmortem conducted at Balaka District Hospital has revealed that death was caused due to severe bleeding from the multiple fractures.

Investigations leading to the arrest of the perpetrators of the mob justice are under way.

Meanwhile, Police in the district is appealing to the general public not to resort to mob justice when they have arrested the suspect as mob justice defeats the principles of justice.

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20 thoughts on “Angry mob beat suspect to death in Balaka”

  1. Maiza nkasi says:

    Anyanya akuba nawo

  2. Davis davids jeeer says:

    Wheeeew very bad ,but who is responsible? Let us go back to our normal senses. It wasn’t so in the bigining, no one has the right to take away the life of someone, why……what for?
    Caution; stop getting other people’s properties without permission. Why risking your own life?

  3. Tikondane says:

    Izi kuti zithe nkofunika kuti apolice adzikhulupirika pogwira ntchito zawo. Mchitidwe osiya zigawenga osadzigwira olo kutulutsa pabelo anthu ngati awa osamawatengera kukhoti mapeto ake ndamenewa. Mukuputa anthu kuti adzilanga okha owalakwira, ndiye mupweteketsa anthu ambiri osalakwa. Komanso makhoti akuyenera kupereka zilango zokhwima. Sizoti munthu two weeks watuluka kale; zimenezi anthu akukwiya nazo. Ntchito yomanga ndende ili m’manja aboma; sintchito yamakhoti kupereka zilango zapanja chifukwa kundende kulibe malo. Muphetsa anthu osalakwa.

  4. Ojere says:

    Pakuti nawo a POLICE akungokonda zomwe a APM alamula ndi bwana Dausi .This is the result of such things people are tired.Malawians let us find another way of reacting to situations.

  5. Ze Roberto says:

    Mr kkkkkkkk. You can see that your arguments are incoherent that is going by your initial and subsequent comments to the article. I think Mr Analyst has made you think. Your initial comment/ argument hinged on doing postmortem to improve quality of care. What sort of quality of care, with the case in question, if I may ask? Atleast your second argument contains some iota of sense. In other words the police just needed a medical report as a matter of death confirmation. And anybody conversant with death confirmation would agree that it’s not always that a postmortem is done to confirm death . Death confirmation can be done without necessarily doing postmortem. Check the definition of a postmortem.

  6. DOBO says:

    Things seems not well with the POLICE. It seems our nation is slowly degenerating into failed state. It seems the POLICE has lost the trust of people. I don’t know whether this is due to conconstitutional or political problem. The people Malawi are watching without action against this practice. The problem is that there is always a high probability that innocent people can fall victims of mob justice on mistaken identities or wrong perceptions. Is there any proof that the man killed by the mob is one being suspected? If the public choose mob justice instead of normal system, there is big problem not with the public but probably with the system or the people to enforce the system .

  7. ndaduka pakati says:

    mmmmm mchiyani kodi amalawi”???

  8. tonde wakufa says:

    kodi wanthu mdakhalika bwanji?opolisi oluti mukanjata okuba msamaphee!!kodi mmesa omati opha mzake naye aphedweso?ndiye nuna mkajatidwa mdzaphedwatu

  9. Ze Roberto says:

    Thank you Analyst for informing those who know little about the field they claim to have expertise on. The issue of postmortem here doesn’t hold is just a waste of time.

    1. The Analyst says:

      You are welcome, Ze Roberto.

  10. Jahan says:

    I agree with mob justice to replace these DPP controlled police people… It’s called POWER TO PEOPLE for a reason! If the police can’t protect us, who will? Ourselves of course, duh!

  11. kkkkkkk says:

    Mr analyst ,I now strongly agree that your thinking is narrow and too subjective.That forms an important part of sample in both quantitative and qualitative research and also for legal purpose.We know this was a suspected criminal or to please you,was a criminal but the police are supposed to provide protection to citizens regardless.so records are important for accountability.Injuries are also one of the most important causes of death on the list causes besides malaria and others.It would have been very useless to produce a document related to the death of this guy without mentioning the cause.If you agree that it was important for only statistical purpose,tell me what information was necessary then?just demographics?In that regard,it is therefore not necessary to produce any sort of records because it does not serve any purpose.So postmortem covers cause of death which is an intergral area but also there is history about events sorrounding the death which may be very important for legal interpretation. In this case relatives of the deceased may wish to use postmortem findings to seek justice.Assuming the police just decided to indicate the cause as it was obvious and takes that document to the court,would it be an effective tool ?Probably less ,because they have no legal mandate to make medical diagonosis.Even if it was not for full postmortem (it may be just basic or full),as long as the police went to the hospital for medical document,that document should have contained a cause.so it was either death or postmortem report.The alternative was “only police report” which would be very unprofessional.

    1. The Analyst says:

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      In the last but one statement is where the truth has began to show up and I quote . . .
      “So it was either death or postmortem report.”

      I can assure you that what was needed on this thief is a death report not postmortem coz the two are different, notwithstanding the fact that the death report contains information on causes of death – whereupon, no bodily examination (postmortem) was needed.
      . . . The thief was severely beaten afterwhich he was cut into pieces by a moving train, lost blood and died. Simple!
      . . . And if you care to read or enquire from a friend or hospital staff on how an autopsy is done, you will quickly realise that its a detailed examination of organs – to determine cause of death and this was not needed on this thief.

      If you still think otherwise, lets honourably choose to agree to disagree, otherwise time is of essence.
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  12. mbuyuni says:

    What if this thief was torched an then placed on the railway as it happened, post mortem would still be train as the major cause of death? Zovutirako izi kuzimvetsa

  13. Heavy Duty says:

    Tsono munthu ataduka pakati, post mortem imeneyi amati ndi ya chani? Was it really to identify the cause of death? kkkkkkk koma abale…… munthu piece ina uko ina uko, was this not already the cause of death kkkkkk

  14. Wa mob justice says:

    The way you the police handle these thieves leaves a lot to be desired,that is why people have resorted to mob justice. Unless you stop corruption mob justice will continue.

  15. kkkkkkk says:

    Mr analyst,much as there was an obvious cause of death,it was important that records are kept for future reference.Vital registration such as death and causes inform planning and reflect the quality of service provided to the people.In this case we are already seeing a security gab and if the future governments would want to make claims about service improvement they have to make the comparison with status quo which will the past then and they will have to base on data from vital registration.so can you look at issues in a broader way

    1. The Analyst says:

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      I see Kkkkkkk . . .
      . . . And I agree with you on the other way in which a postmortem can be useful i.e., for future healthcare interventions.

      . . . However, I presume that if this is the case, only a postmortem done on someone who dies after being bedridden for some disease e.g. malaria; or someone who complained of something and pronounced dead on arrival, hence a need to be certain about it, is logical.

      . . . The only useful record that can come from the death of this thief is a statistic, to be used for calculation of death rate and no postmortem is required to record this statistic.
      . . . Otherwise, if the postmortem done on thIs thief is also for future healthcare intervention, then I think we are focusing on a wrong sample.
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  16. Nadimba says:

    A police muzipha ndi stray bullets. Koma ife, tizipha ndi miyala ndi matayala

  17. The Analyst says:

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    Truth be told, some of these postmortem(s) are unnecessary hence useless . . .
    . . . Is it not clear for all to see, that after being thoroughly beaten (kudos to that!), the thief was cut in two by the moving train? What then was the postmortem conducted for? and for what? Is an account of the whole village not trustworthy? and on a thief, for that matter?
    . . . This is what happens when all you have learnt at school is what-and-how to do things without any molecule of understanding of why those things are done. Just working like a robbot, really? Sad! Zomvetsa chisoni!
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    By definition, a portmortem is an examination of a dead body in order to determine the cause of death. Many a time, necesitated by suspicion that the cause of death is not as perceived.

    If we go by the definition, are we best in frame of mind, hence convinced that this thief needed a postmortem? Then our best frame of mind is not good enough. We people are simply lazy and just like to waste time doing a lot of nothing!
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