Police senior superintendent Stanley Mwale , father of the late soccer fan Geoffrey Mwale who died in the wee hours of Friday in Blantyre says he will file a wrongful-death lawsuit agaist Malawi Defence Force (MDF) for for the death of his son over football violence.
Mwale, who has been lying unconscious at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital in Blantyre since May 10, succumbed to serious head injuries he sustained during the incident that occurred after a league match between Red Lions and Surestream at Kamuzu Stadium.
His father said on Friday that he will seek justice for the death of his 24-year-old son, saying it is clear that the soldiers assaulted the deceased .
“This is a wrongful death caused by solders of MDF who brutally attacked my son using TATA truck only used in Malawi by the military. It is not over until it is over,” said grieving Mwale.
Police failed to make any arrest in connection with the beating of Mwale with Police spokeswoman Rhoda Manjolo saying in usual statement “ investigations are underway.”
Messages seeking comment from MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Paul Chiphwanya and Red Lions chairman , were not immediately returned
However, MDF chief of training Brigadier General Paul Phiri recently told Nyasa Times that they are doing their own investigation into the matter and will take appropriate action if their officers are found to be in the wrong.
“All we have is hearsay and we are making our own investigations before taking any course of action. We know football authorities did their investigations and punished our team but we also need to know the root cause of what happened on that day,” Phiri told Nyasa Times.
“ Discipline is the corner stone of the military job and if we find that some members on our side were in the wrong, we will take action. Similarly, we expected football authorities to act on those that provoked the situation.”
Godfrey Mwale has become a second soccer fan to lose life to violence at a domestic football match within a space of just over a year. Lemiyasi Josita died in similar circumstances during a game between Mighty Wanderers and Silver Strikers at Balaka Stadium in December 2013.
He is expected to be buried on Sunday at his home village Chiwengo in the area of Traditional Authority Chilowamatambe in Kasungu.
Following the violence that erupted at Kamuzu Stadium, Sulom fined Red Lions a total of K3.6 million and banned eight players from the military side from taking part in Sulom activities for a maximum period of one year. The players in question were found guilty of assaulting referee Boniface Chapinga after the game.
Chapinga had denied Red Lions three goals apart from awarding two penalties to Surestream, who managed a two-all draw against the soldiers- courtesy of the two penalty kicks.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :