Criminals chop off head of Malawi Police detective in Salima

A female police detective was brutally killed in cold blood Tuesday in a frenzied armed robbery attack at her home in Chipoka in the Lake District of Salima by a  gang of contemptible criminals who hard-heartedly chopped off her head with a panga knife.

Detective Rhoda Ng'oma: Beheaded

Detective Rhoda Ng’oma: Beheaded

Police have confirmed that a gang of unidentified armed robbers in the wee hours of Tuesday morning beheaded Detective Rhoda Ngo’ma, the head of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) at Chipoka Police Station in Salima while she was sleeping at her house.

Malawi Police national publicist Nicholas Gondwa confirmed the murder saying a female Station Criminal Investigations Officer (SCIO) but could not be drawn into further comments saying “the police were investigating the matter and looking for leads into the brutal murder.

“It is true that a police officer has been murdered by criminals and we are investigating the matter and we are deeply saddened. We are on the ground to unlock the mystery so commenting more on the matter would jeopardise investigations,” said Gondwa.

Details of what really happened remains sketchy and unclear.

Former Police spokesperson for the Northern region but currently on a UN Special Mission in Darfur Norah Chimwala who is the late Ng’oma’s friend and colleague told Nyasa Times in an interview that she is heartbroken and that she is finding it hard to find the story of Ng’oma’s killing to be true.

“This is one of the saddest days in my life and of course the entire Malawi Police family. It is painful to lose a friend and colleague to death but it is devastating to lose someone you know in such manner of brutality,” said a visibly shaken and grief-stricken Chimwala.

Meanwhile, messages of condolences and sympathy are outpouring for Detective Ng’oma who hailed from Bolero in Rumphi District.

One of her (Ng’oma’s) best friend and a fellow police officer, Griness Kuyere Nyakanyaka who is currently based in the US expressed shock at Ng’oma’s brutal murder and could have the strength to write as much.

She posted on her late friend’s social media utility, Facebook wall: “Zovuta kutsimikiza. (It’s hard to believe) Gone just like that?”

Jayne Jalakasi, another late (Rhoda) Ng’oma’s best friend posted on Facebook seeming in total bewilderment.

“Rhoda! What wrong did you do to deserve such a brutal death right inside your own house. Chemwali I’ m speechless…..Chabwino akanangotenga katunduyo nkukusiirani moyowo. Ambuye why, why, did you allow such evil to happen. May your soul rest in peace?”

And one social commentator, Josphat Thondoya has fond memories of the murdered Detective Ng’oma from years between 2001 and 2004 when the deceased was based at Dowa Police.

Thondoya posted on social media:  Very sad news indeed. I remember in the 2001-2004 whilst she was at Dowa Police Station, we have been linking each other because of a case relating to a stolen phone of someone which was sold to me.”

Added Thondoya: “I remember for the first time to have visited Lilongwe Area 3 Police cell and stayed there for two hours as I was resisting (to release) that phone (Motollola) which I believed was not stolen as the owner gave the suspect that phone to sell it on his Behalf.”

But others have taken a swipe at the government for the security lapse in the country.

Watipaso Mzungu posted on Facebook that the police will track down the criminals who killed detective Ng’oma because they are a concerned party in the matter.

Mzungu commenting on Julius Mithi’s post on the matter wrote: “The police will definitely track the assailants; and, it will not take long before catching them because the victim is one of them. Investigations could have taken forever if she was just a mere citizen.”

Also Commenting on Mithi’s (Mithi is widely known for breaking news on the social network with his JFM outfit) Francis Cyrus Gwaza vilified and chided the Malawi government for lack of security and failure to combat crime in the country.

“When people say there is No Security in Malawi some myopic gurus and the security personnel themselves oppose this. And what is this? May Her Soul Rest In Peace.”

The death of the police detective in Chipoka comes barely 48 hours after a gang of thugs invaded the house of the country’s top spy Nicholas Dausi and went away with valuables worth millions of Kwachas.

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49 thoughts on “Criminals chop off head of Malawi Police detective in Salima”

  1. Tikondane says:

    Tikamati makothi mudzipereka zilango zamphamvu kwa anthuwa mudzimva. Tikamati inu apolisi musamango pereka mabelo chisawawa mudzimva. Tikamati osachotsetsa milandu kumabwalo amilandu chisawawa mudzimva. Tikamati wonjezerani ndende mdziko muno makothi asamataye anthu kuzilango zofewazi mudzimva. Tikamati chitetezo chatha mudziko muno mudzimva.

  2. FRIEND OF FAITH says:

    This remains me of Faith.
    Exactly two years ago this week, a young woman medical officer was brutally murdered in a similar manner at Nkhoma Hospital. The murderers confessed that they were sent by somebody. They were arrested and released pending investigation. Today nobody has been convicted and the murderers and planners are walking freely. Apparently, the murderer paid huge sums of money to police investigators to shut them up. Today it is a police officer who has had her head chopped in similar manner FAITH CHEMBEZI was murdered. Are we going to see justice this time. Or are some police officers going to receive money again to hide the murderers here?
    RIP Ngoma, RIP Faith.

    1. khozobwe says:

      She was my Classmate…..its sad


        Nkhani ya Faith Chembezi, what has the police done. Let those of us who were her friends take this to the end. The people who have shielded the murderers are in the police.

  3. Three Angels message says:

    a Makossa when reporting such stories try to dig deep into the story to find out what this victim was recently working on or investigating. Probe ka mbiri ka victim yo pang’ono. I though you are well trained journalist.

  4. Tanzania Is Okay says:

    This is very sad indeed and I empathise with all related to Rhoda. But this more than concretises patriotic citizens’ concerns that our country is gone to the dogs beyond belief.

    Cadets led by Dausi, don’t dispute this fact. We are into all this because we lack a leader. An effective leader to lead. We lack An effective opposition. An effective leader to oppose. We lack an effective civil society. An effective civil society with eyes to see that the country is going down the drain and mobilise masses for peaceful demonstrations.

    Kaya poti munkati Kasambara ndiye amabweretsa mavuto, ndiye lero kaya mu blamer yani – mwina aVuwa Kaunda poti ndiwo atsala achitonga!

  5. victor says:

    very sad RIP

  6. James says:

    First suspects are members of her crew. Probably Rhoda was investigating a criminal case that indirectly involved one or some members of her team. These people case to kill and not to steal. Robbers cannot do this without having inside support. That gives a lead, though not clear.

  7. Jacob says:

    To the bereaved family i say sorry for the loss of your beloved daughter, sister, mother, aunt you name it. We value the role our police plays in the country. Our words are not enough to express it but i ask God himself to be with you and comfort you. May her soul RIP.

  8. Chisale Chisale Wa Chisale says:

    Watani Malawiwe!

  9. KOMA KUMENEKO says:

    Wa Police kudzaphedwa ngati Albino ………. zovuta kwabasi RIP

  10. Ambuye mwapatse anthu akufa chiusiro chosatha ndipo kuyera kosathe kuwalitse maso awo AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. It should be a deal turned sour not robbery.

    1. triple c says:

      Please police men, when you get these guys kill them! no bail please

  12. observer says:

    very sad development. may her soul rest in peace

  13. mjiba says:

    Very sad may the soul of the departed woman RIP. What is the motive of this murder? theft, jealous? Investigators need to get to the bottom of this matter. so sad

  14. Jah Man says:

    RIP, but i think there is more to this that what meets the eye probably deal gone sour.

  15. Miky Luwani says:

    Barely week when another man was also brutally murdered in his house in the lakeshore district, Nkhota-Kota around 9pm. Where is Malawi heading to?

  16. Kwacha Malawi says:

    Maunisi I think umasuta chamba comment yako ukoneka kuti sukudziwa ukuchita, I agree with humane every county even east Africa these cases are still happening, only I can appeal to the citizen of Malawi is that let us joining hands to combat such malpractice. Sometimes chili kwa nzako umati chigwire nyanga koma chikafika kwa iye umafuna anthu akuthandize. Timothy, Billy Mayaya ndi mzanu Trepance there are opportunist at the moment they don’t have a word of comment. Billy Mayaya some weeks ago he was busy matching on the road due UNIMA fees instead of advice the Executive a proper way how they should handle such case. Panopa kuteroku mukupanga ina gear yoti musowetse mtendere innocent Malawian, panopa Rhoda waphedwa motere muli zii mukudya kaye tindalama tija mwalandira mumapsepserezera ana aku UNIMA kuti muwasokoneze maphunziro ana anzau. Bwanji osapempha ndalama kuti muthandizire sukulu za ukachenjede kuno kwanu. Human Rights imaganizira mimoyo anthu not only feed your families but also advice the country how to maintain economy with good facts. Anthu oipa kwambiri inu. May her soul rest in peace.

  17. Bengo says:

    Vuto most Malawian CID connive with criminals and when the share out deals go sour, these are the consequences. Sad.

    1. Phiri says:

      Zoona, most CID officers work hand in hand with criminals. Thats why you see our men in uniform having cars and eating well. Akapondetsani, this happens.

  18. Mpahamba sugzo says:

    A human rights akuti chani .Agalu amenewa achabebe wafa apa wa police ali phee.koma kufa munthu wamba ngati mbava ya ku ntcheu basi zonena pwilikiti.The so called Malawi Human rights aaaaaa ine ndithu ayi..Let these thugs kill these human rights as well.

    1. A Mpahamba Suzgo mwalowa chiwewe ndi misala yomwe eti, apha kapolo mzanuyo ndi a Human Rights wo? fotseki, vuto la apolisinu ndinu mbava zimene ndiye mukasemphana ndi mbava zinzanu azikudulani mitu choncho simudati watsala iweyo ndinena iweyo mtumbuka wa police

  19. nkhanje says:

    Are we safe if they are killing our protectors?

  20. atakhala mwana wanu inu a human rights bwa? opha mzake aphedwe nayenso basi

  21. Ujust shut up says:

    sad mwee

  22. Martin says:

    Jesus said it all that a thief comes not but to steal, kill and destroy. I wonder why the laws are too lenient with such type of people.

  23. Kodi? says:

    I watch criminal investigation documentaries and its clear that this is not a robbery. The motive was murder. May be because of her relationships with people/relatives or the cases she was investigating. Why can’t police get this even before they start the full investigation? Kenaka adzingootchedwa anthu otere. A human rights takambanipotu kanthu pamenepa. Mukudikikira agwidwe nde mudzidzati we should respect the rights of those who have been caught? Say something about the rights of Rhoda Ng’oma and the rights of her children/relatives to have a bread winner for school fees and other things

    1. the Human Rights Body has the right to remain silent on any matter, by the way what makes this beheaded police woman so special, wafa wafa basi ngati mmene aliyense akadafera, are you people crazy?

  24. Issa says:

    So if these criminals are caught then they have the freedom to life? This woman who is a relative to someone does not have the right to life? Iwe Mtambo ndi anzako muyankhe apa. An eye for an eye, a hand for a hand as is gold for gold while barley is for barley

  25. Maunisi says:

    No security in Malawi kaboma ka anthu akuba aka munya muona. Anthu aziphedwa chonchi. No Police is conducting patrols during the night all vehicles are parked either at the station or their houses while them sleeping. But you could see plenty of vehicles moving during the day time for what tranferring akaidi kupita ku Maula. You little time remaining and you people ndikaboma kanuka mupita pompano. Malawi was warm heart of Africa what is this nyasi .

  26. sabata says:

    Kill all when found

  27. be humane says:

    Such things happen every where in the world. If presence of gangs means lack of security then no country has security in the world as such we should not fight for security in Malawi because it is a non starter even what you call very rich and strictly secured countries have such things happen even worse than is happening in Malawi. Zovuta kumvetsa poti page iyi aliyense comment even ndi opanda nzeru omwe and feels are talking sense

    1. Harawara says:

      To You Be Inhuman: The fact that it happens in what you call rich societies is not approval for Malawi Police Officers. Innocent life is sacred and must protected. Every loss especially through cold blood should be condemned. That’s what we are doing here. Even in such societies cases such as this one carry huge headlines of condemantion. You don’t need rocket science to appreciate this point.

      1. Harawara tangovomerezani kuti kuphana sizachilendo maka zodulana mituzi zidayamba kalekale, ndinu mlendo pa dziko lapansi kapena?

    2. Nzika says:

      @ Human. You are simply stupid. That is what failures do. Once again you are simply stupid. I can assure you that in me you have an enemy. We hear too many cases of killings and robberies day in day out and we wonder how many more that you need to have before you DPP stooge accept that in this country there is complete breakdown of security. Vuto lokhala sycophant. Get lost with your inept president. You guys simply suck.

  28. Hewe says:

    Those advocating for mob justice muyambanatu ndi Billy Mayaya, Gift Trapence ndi Timonthy Mtambo. Anamatetule a ufulu wa minorities. What a sacrifice by police? How I wish there was an equation like, 1 police killed = 50+ criminals killed. Don’t we remember Bingu with his shoot to kill?

  29. harawara says:

    See that human rights activists are silent at this saddest moment in the Police force. When criminals are caught and killed or left paralysied they make a lot of nonsense noise. Come out now and say something. You live in safe and secured neighbourhoods where criminals cant come and you don’t know or feel what it means to be attacked and killed in cold blood. You hypocrites!!! You vipers!!!! Shame on you!!!

    And you, false worshipers you will donate food, cash and materials to such criminals when you hear they are caught instead of supporting affected families. I know you wrongly quote the Bible when Christ said you would be asked why you did not visit him in jail. Christ meant visiting those imprisoned for spreading the Gospel and not for criminality. At that time there was persecution of the Church and many Christians were imprisoned and my Lord was advising his followers to be visiting them.

    1. so are you saying that a word from Human Rights body will resurrect this woman? empty headed Harawara

  30. Mzoba says:

    This is really sad. Police need to bring back the ”SHOOT TO KILL” approach, Its an embarrassment to the police force as a whole. How can you let criminals kill one of your own obvious she was killed because she was doing a good job in enforcing the law.. RIP Rhoda Ng’oma

  31. Council says:

    This is more like Njauju case, lets see if they will be caught since she is a police woman.

  32. MAPAZI says:

    Chonchi wakuba akaphedwa tiziti akuphawo alakwa? Nanga chonchi zabwini izi? Malawi akupita kuti? Mmaiko mwa anzathu anthu osowetsa mtendere amaphedwa msangamsanga palibe zomati human rights.Ndakwiya koopysa. The Anayst uli kwani? Utipo chani apa?

    1. The Analyst says:

      You have summed it all up very well MAPAZI;
      . . . and indeed ndizokwiitsa koopsa to hear senseless talk from these little-known fly-by-night street human rights groups; coz all we need for these foolish murderous thugs is justice; which can best be served by slicing them up, limb after limb; and detoothing them with a hammer, tooth after tooth; ear after ear, eye after eyes until nothing resembling a human being is left.
      . . . also, since its crystal-clearly clear that these foolish fools are from hell; to hell is where they belong.
      Thus, the next best thing is to send them to home (the same hell) by burning up their sliced-up remains; so that the smoke can take them to wherever hell is.
      . . . Otherwise, its an arrant display of wholesale disrespect and absolute rudeness to govt to have its officers kiiled in such a manner. And what the govt can do is to retaliate in the strongest way possible; not just for justice’s sake but also to warn some like-minded creatures.

  33. The Commentator formerly known as Obanda Joyce Nti says:

    Sometimes a sacrifice is needed before a war behind. Maybe this is the sacrifice that the police need before taking dealing with criminals seriously. We need to shoot to kill these criminals. We need to annihilate them. When people burn the criminals in the streets, we need to applaud them, not vilify them. Let the war on criminals begin.

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  34. opportunist says:

    That’s why we should be burning all robbers when caught

    1. Piche Yakiti says:

      Tit-for tat basi is the answer. Too bad !RIP

    2. Piche Yakiti says:

      All CIDs should be equipped with guns at home. Did she had one?

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