An angry mob in the township of Machinjiri on Wednesday burnt down South Lunzu Magistrates Court after mistakenly thought that some of the suspects that were tried at the court were responsible for the death of a businessman who, some weeks ago, was found dead with his face mutilated.
Currently, two people have since been arrested in connection to the incident and that two police officers were injured during the fracas in which official vehicles were damaged.
Blantyre police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala confirmed of the incident but could not divulge more details.
“I don’t have details now. But people should be warned that taking the law in their own hands is a crime. Our officers are currently on the issue; once all is done, I will have full details ready,” said Divala.
But information which Nyasa Times has sourced indicates that the incident happened after an angry mob mistakenly thought that some of the suspects that were brought to court by both Ndirande and Chileka police prosecutors were murder suspects.
Efforts by court authorities to reason with the mob seemed to have only eased the tension until the court sessions were over, when the angry mob at Luwanda trading centre regrouped.
The mob started stoning the court building, believing that the suspects they were after, were hidden in the court building.
The court building was maliciously damaged before it was set on fire.
Two of the police officers who rushed to the scene of the incident to calm the situation, Sergeant Moto of South Lunzu police unit sustained cut on forehead and back head, and Constable Masina of Ndirande police sub-station sustained injuries on the back after being hit with stones.
They were referred to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) for treatment.
Two police vehicles were also damaged during the fracas. The mob damaged a rear windscreen of a Toyota land cruiser registration MP 25 for Blantyre police station and a front windscreen of Toyota land cruiser pick-up registration MP 2347 for Ndirande police sub-station.
Meanwhile, the law-enforcers have arrested Henry Masina, 24, of Area 5 in the township and a 28-year-old Labson Magombo of Area 3 in the same township in connection to the fracas.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :