Blantyre mob torches suspected thief

A  young man has died after being beaten and set alight by an angry mob in Blantyre  who accused him of stealing the handbag which contained two smart phones, money amounting to K40,000 from a lady at Chinyonga bus stop.

Suspected thief torched, murdered

Suspected thief torched, murdered

Police confirmed about the gruesome killing  and said the remains of the deceased to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH).

Particulars of the deceased were not independently verified.

Malawi has seen the rising cases of mob justice across the country in recent times.

President Peter Mutharika recently  expressed shock, and spoke out against the plight of mob justice.

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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30 thoughts on “Blantyre mob torches suspected thief”

  1. The police and courts treat these thieves with kid gloves. The best way is either to kill or torch them alive. This will slowly, but surely eliminate the thieves one by one because the one killed will not come back to haunt the people again, make them kanyenya for stray dogs to feed on.

  2. Thief 1 says:

    Tiziba ndikukuphaninso mozizimutsa. We will revenge!!! Get ready!

  3. Justice must be seen by people says:

    justice has to be seen by people that it is delivered. Unfortunately our police and courts have in many cases I can site here failed to demonstrate that they can deliver justice hence this inhuman resolution. Unfortunately this reflects badly a failure by the government of the day. The question is where is the Home Affairs minister doing ? I wish the president started sacking non performing ministers

  4. ineyo says:

    I like #3 kohl drogo! we all win in the end! I have liked the way u have linked the win-win scenario.

    Amene mukuti we are still living in the past! thanks but how about thieves themselves in which century are they living? Tiotcha basi mpakana adzapeze polekera. Just wait nanunso mudzabedwerepo kenako clap hands for these thieves for stealing from u. MOB JUSTICE IS THE BEST FOR THE TIME BEING BECOZ: police and courts blot trustworth!

  5. Gay Envoy says:

    Job well done! this is the only solution to eliminate these thugs.

  6. mchonalanga says:

    no 12 ndisamale. uzaziona

  7. hoitty says:

    Koma mumangootcha lone thief bwanji? Awa samaopsya ngati mbava zagulu zimabwera 17 usiku zija. I look forwad to the day pachigulu pawo paja pazagwidwe anthu 8 ndikuwachita brai Nsanje style. Amene aja amajayila kobasi chifukwa amadziwa kuti anthu sadzuka kuzathandiza

  8. Mr Blantyre says:

    That’s the only way to go Chinyonga residents. Police too much corruption kungom’pitisa ku Police wakuba akatuluka lisanathe tsiku. KUOTCHA BASI.

  9. palibe zoimvera chisoni mbava apa tiyeni nazo ndi anthu aupandu amenewa .enanu mukuyankhula shit bwanji?stupid

  10. Nzika Yokhumudwa says:

    Mob Justice Z The Only Way To Remove These Unwanted Pipo,

  11. Lupwito says:

    Those supporting Thieves whether ndi abale anu or not, the fact is kugwidwa kupha thats all, ndipo ndikangomupezanso wina ndi NO discussions, NO police & NO court thing akufa pompo. Ndimayenda ndi kachigubu ka petro kanga ka size ya bwino kokwana kumupitisas ku hell wakubayo. LETS GO MALAWI LETS GO BLANTYRE MPAKA ZITHA MBAVA ZONSE NGATI SIZIKUFUNA KUSIYA. Panyero pawo.

  12. mastadon says:

    great punishment for thieves in malawi who should all wiped out by fire. you work hard to make money wina ndiye angokolola osalima?????

  13. Man of God says:

    Theft and robbery are two different acts. Thefty needs to be verified through investigations, and this gives a suspect a benefit of doubt. In the course of this victims’ anger tends to subside. While robbery involves physical assort and there is no time to think over that. So whatever comes first in the intended victim rules the whole situation. And resultantly this has shown to be the best because both police and courts have become big beneficiaries of both robberies and theft. Having said this I think mobs are the only way to save common man out there. Keep it up, mobs.

  14. Mbuya says:

    No 12 sunaviwone amakubera ,kukuchitira ur wife and ana ako akazi ukuwona Lutepo anabera boma not individual

  15. joyisi says:

    Good Job Blantyre. One thief down. Police tinasiya kuyikhulupilira kalekale

  16. Parallel Market says:

    Fellow Malawians,

    I plead with you all to avoid these gruesome killings on thieves, witches and wizards. Instead lets arrest and take them to police for justice to take its full course on them.

    i know how painful it is when these people steal your hard earned property, but wait a minute..

    Imagine, how can one lose his life for stealing a phone and only K40,000 cash as this young man has been treated yet Lutepo is still alive after stealing billions of tax payers money? Lets think about it. The punishment meted on this young man is too heavy and that is not justice at all. Lets stop this please.

    1. November Rain says:

      Parallel market! You should accept that either
      you are poor and you know kuti akuba alibe nawe ntchito OR
      You are a thief or your brother or father or mother is OR
      You are an idiot.
      Coz no one in their soundness of mind can sympathise with thieves.

  17. Ambele says:

    Zikomo anthu aku BT, kukhala koma uku , otchani mbava tiyeni titenthe mbava a Malawi

  18. Tehhdh says:

    I hate Malawi. We are living in the archaic past, on all levels

    1. November Rain says:

      Who cares whether you love or hate Malawi?
      Do you even know how painful it is kukhala ndi ndalama then wina nkukubera?
      Are you of sound mind to feel sorry for a thief?
      Kapenatu iweyo ndi wakuba?
      Nde ife zitikhudze coz iweyo ndi wakuba?
      Idiot!

  19. Omex70 says:

    These animals called thieves have no rights to be protected. They are unwanted.

  20. Penya says:

    by lynching crime suspects, the public made strong statements about the state of security and the mistrust they have of the law enforcement in the country. what are the concerned agencies of government doing about these repeat statements? the agencies need to restore public trust of law enforcement. the agencies must inform the public about operation of the law on suspects. the public outcry is that when criminals are handed over to police, they are released to terrorize the public again. the public are saying this has to stop and they think they can stop it by eliminating the perpetrators of the terror. if this is the public solution, how can it be legalized in a humane way? is it time to start sending criminals to exile or to holding camps rather than to the grave, heaven or hell (by killing them)?

  21. Kuntaila says:

    Sure signs of a primitive society, unable to appreciate that this is 21st century, behaving as if they are inj the dark ages, before even Christ set foot on earth, when people were living in caves

  22. w says:

    Which police are you talking about, The miss guided Police? The police which doesnt know the laws? Charging someone with treason while they dont have evidence? How? How do you bring the charge against someone and later you tell them we are still looking into matter? How in the first place did they determine that it must be treason? hahahahahahah MW police hahahahahah The Lomwe Police

  23. zeffa says:

    Chitetezo chachepa mdziko muno ndiye akuyenela aziotchedwa basi Mutharikayo azifunse yekha kuti kodi munthawi ya Bingu zinaliko zootchanazi obvious not chifukwa chitetezo chinalipo ndipo munthu akagwidwa amakalandila chilango chokwanila ndi kulakwa kwake lero zonsezo palibe chifukwa cha ulamuliro opusa tili nawowu aziotchedwa basi

  24. sidix says:

    A Shemson Magawa, mwaweya nadi! koma mwina inu akuba sanakubelenipo! sanabwerepo ndi zikwanje mu nyumba yanu Nkhoma mwatero. Akuba alibe chifundo akalowa mu nyumba yanu. Amakumangani, kukuyikani sanza mkamwa ndikumanga kamwa la mwini nyumba. Kenako amagona ndi mkazi wa mwini nyumba mosinthana mwini wake akuona pamozi ndi ana. Akatha akukhape ndikutenga katundu ndi ndalama mosamva chisoni. Ndiye mwati kuwaotcha ndikulakwa???
    Vuto ndiloti akapita ku Police, siku lomwelo amawatulusa akapereka ndalama kwa a CID. NJIRA YABWINO YOTHANA NDI ACHIFWAMBA NDIYOMWEYO YOWAOTCHA BASI!

  25. khal drogo says:

    with this pompo-pompo judgement, everyone wins. obeledwa gets their stuff back, the public has one less thief to worry about, other thieves start to think twice, the taxpayer has one less prisoner to feed, other prisoners have more bedspace in their cell….everybody wins

  26. man man says:

    amene amati Wakuba ali ndi ufulu sanabeledweko

  27. shemstone magawa says:

    this ia total inhuman yes we understand thefty is evil but the way it is being handled shows that we are not yet civilised
    gentlemen though painful but lets involve the police and the courts when handling such matters naweya nsima yikaweya dende malango kuyeya mmawoko yayi tiwenge nga ni ma beast chonde chonde

    1. November Rain says:

      Nanu inu kupepela muzasiya liti?
      Which police or court are you talking about?
      Inuyo muli mMalawi mommuno moti simukuona or kudziwa zomwe zikumachitika ndi akuba akapita ku police or court?
      Ukakhala osaukatu umayankhula mmene ukuchitiramu. But if you were rich, you would realise that this is the only deserved punishment for thieves in Malawi.

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