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.
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.
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.