Malawi army soldiers kill 2 over Dzalanyama

A man has died in Lilongwe, a second death in two weeks after allegedly been severely beaten by Malawi Defence Force soldiers as the battle over Dzalanyama forest wears an ugly face.

Councillor Botomani: Malawi Defence Force soldiers bathed me in mud

Councillor Botomani: Malawi Defence Force soldiers bathed me in mud

Peter Dimba, Lilongwe L South MP told Zodiak radio on Saturday that Daniel Kalendo from Chimkudzi village in the area of chief Masambankhunda in Lilongwe has died at St Gabriel Hospital in Namitete, Lilongwe of his injuries he had in legs and arms allegedly sustained because of severe beating from the soldiers.

“He is the second to die. We reported the matter to the highest level, the deputy minister of Defence but we are getting no response from the government,” said Dimba.

He said this has completely stalled development in his area as people are running away when they hear a car sound.

The first person who died was 80 year old Joseph Jamiele who died after he was allegedly beaten by the soldiers.

The deceased wife, Diana, said her husband was forcibly taken by men in MDF soldiers on January, 11 and was brought back the next day by some villagers severely wounded, bleeding and very weak and died hours later.

She said his body was taken to Kamuzu Central Hospital in Lilongwe but said the police refused to release the postmorterm examination report to the deceased family.

Yohane Kadya said he was among the 10 people that the soldiers forcibly took out of the village for interrogation along with the two deceased.

He said they were severely beaten up and were taken to a swamp (dambo) where the soldiers would beat them, then throw them in water until the 80 year old collapsed and fainted, saying this is when the soldiers released them.

MDF spokesman Paul Chiphwanya said the arny have not received an official complaint on the matter, saying once a complaint is received, they would institute an investigation an soldiers involved would receive disciplinary action.

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64 thoughts on “Malawi army soldiers kill 2 over Dzalanyama”

  1. Baba says:

    Ntchito Ya Asilikali Ndi Imeneyo. Palibe Chodabwitsa Apa.Ngati Mukufuna Mtendere Itanani Apolisi Asilikali Achoke. Failing Which Anthu Apitirira Kuphedwa Ma Soldier Samachita Chibwana.

  2. DR TONDE says:

    Zodiac broadcasting station is a stupid radio station that i have now stopped listening to now. No moral responsibility whatsoever. You know they put this story as its weekend feature story! For what! Nyasatumes.don’t join stupid zbs

  3. chipwilikiti says:

    Comment 40, 12 and 6 i agree with you guys, the army are not above the law afterall iwowo akalanda makalawo kapena mitengoyo what do they do with them . A kansala take the matter up, find out why mitengo yachilengedwe yodula koopsa imene analanda a MDF yasowa ku MDF heaquarters komweko after Commander wolamulira asilikali olanda makala, mitengo ndi kupha anthu atalamula kuti mitengo isamalondeledwe cholinga choti abe akagulitse for millions of money. A president chonde pakhale commission of inquiry into the death of these two. the other thing is we wonder why now these soldiers are killing civilians when mission yolanda makala inayamba kalekale. Inu a commander in chief simuona kuti Maulana and Phillip nyamali wabweletsa chisokonezo, the whole malawi army yasokonekela because of two men who claim to be related to the Vice president chilima, officer wopanda discpline ngati ameneyu komanso rapist who raped a 13 year old guy and who is in the process of divorcing his wife whom he has infected with HIV. The commander is supporting all this rubbish to the point of running away from a meeting after his fellow senior generals questioned him about the chain of command including misbehaviour of nyamali and how he is abusing commanding officer office. Commander my ass, dzana wachoka chothawa mu meeting commander ameneyu. inu a minister mufufuze ngati nkhanizi nzonama mukauze bwino commander in chief. people should not suffer because of two or three useless people who have brought chisokonezo since maulana was appointed commander.

  4. jk says:

    MALAWI FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF LOOSING A LIFE IS NT A JOKE

  5. Harawa says:

    Akuchita bwino a army kuteteza nkhalango ndipo amakala awa amakhala ndi zida zoopsa ndipo izi ndi zina zomwe zimawonjezera mkhwiyo mwa army athu.

    Long Live Malawi Defence Force, Long Live Malawi.

  6. Simbi says:

    Killing defenceless people. Is this the sign of might on the so called MDF? Imagine killing an 80 old granny. Do we really have sensible soldiers that a country can be proud of? Whoever is applauding the behaviour of these useless so called soldiers should be ashamed of his/herself.

  7. ndatopa says:

    Zoona zake ndizoti Boma lipeze njira yoti aliyetse wa kumudzi olo wamtauni asamaphikire makala basi. Nchenjezo ndiloti army ngati mukuphadi anthuwo siyani chifukwa Mulungu sakondwera ndizophana ayi. ngati mwaphadi pemphani chikhululukiro kwa mulungu akukhululukireni basi. ziwani kuti umphawi ndiumene kukupangitsa zonsezi kuti anthu aziwotcha makala kuti apeze chakudya chalero.

  8. Mathanyula says:

    pathako panu amene mukuti a Army KUCHITA BWINO MCHITIDWEU…..Once again pankholo panu….. kuchokera pa Kampepuza, Msipe, Balaka market, Chingeni, Manjawira, Senzani, Chitale, Phalula, Kanono, Kamwamba kuzafika Zalewa malo onsewa munali nkhalango koma mitengo anamliza…..mwano wake nkumachita kuyala makala mbali mwa nseu. bwanj ngati muli oteteza osabwera malo amenewa kuzapha anthuwa? Ndakwiya nanu

  9. malawi says:

    MUKAONE THUMA FOREST ANAMALIZA KUMENEKU MUPITENSO ARMY

  10. Mbuya says:

    If that is true God is watching u repent ur sins

  11. Phwisa says:

    Ulemu wanu ma Soldier. Simunapite kumeneko kukapha ziwala bwezi kuli ma forest guard or zitsilu za police. Onani every truck on BT LL road it is carrying over 5 bags charcoal a police mumapanga road block saluting the trucks.

  12. Ellias says:

    Kodi momwe dziko lathuli ndalama yavutilamu mukuti adzidya chani? Imagine some of us are working and still failing to make ends meet nde wa kumudzi achita bwanji? Thats unfair, i feel bad. Boma lipangepo kanthu kwa asilikali amenewa. Mutati mupite mmakomo mwawo asilikaliwa mukapeza akuphikila makala omwewa and yet they are on govt payroll. Zoti anthu akufa ndi njala sizikukukhudzani?

  13. Ndadandaula says:

    God is watching, mzimu mulibe, muli ndi moyo wachinyama, nfiti inu,madala azaka 80 olo chisoni,mumadya anthu, kukhosi mbeee mwapha anthu eeeesh anthu onvetsa chisoni.you need deriverance

  14. gongonyeke says:

    Enanu mungo commenta mopusa, mukamati achewa ndi amene akutha mitengo, kodi kwa Kamwamba, Phalura kumafika mwa Senzanimu ndi Achewanso awononga? Vuto ndi umphawi basi, apa ndipongofunika kuthetsa umphawiwo. Anyamata kumidziku akumaliza sukulu koma Job osayipeza.

  15. anzeru says:

    I dont think it is right to kill civillians. I think we are misusing the powers. Without fear or favour, this is uncalled for and it shows that our defence lacks the clear duty.

  16. Kwende says:

    All of you blaming MDF are imbeciles. Charcoal burners have been destroying the forest for so many years and yet their lives have never improved. Munawonapo wowotcha makala atalemera from this business? I have seen and known some charcoal burners way back when I was in primary school, till I finished varsity and up to now they are still selling charcoal. Police sachedwa kuhongedwa and you can not bribe MDF officers they mean business. Apolice analephera because of their love for bribes and they were not doing their job. Where police fails, MDF does the job. BRAVO our MDF soldiers, shambok them and instill fear in them. Let them continue taking to their heels at the sound of a TATA. Tikamati zipitani ku school, ndi zimenezo, nonsense!!!!. Ntchito gule basi.

  17. Willie Chirwa says:

    Once upon a time Dzalanyama Forest Reserve was a mighty forest with natural trees, this was then. Then came some greedy individuals who started plundering the forest for their own benefit. Leaders have been preaching on the need to preserve our forests but this gospel has always fallen on deaf ears and now look the greediness of a few people is now affecting million of innocent Malawians as their deeds have damaged the ecological systems. Government has said it time and again to stop the plunder of Dzalanyama nothing happened the MPs surrounding that area did nothing. So a decision was made to send soldiers to defend this natural resource from these silly greedy people. If they thought it was a joke that was their mistake it is better to eliminate a few greedy people and save the greater humanity from their deeds. Mr. MP civic educate your constituents other than blaming our forces for trying to put sense in these useless fools. Where were you when Dzalanyama was being plundered and what did you do for Malawi? Reporters please ask these unpatriotic MPs real issues rather than propagate their stupidity on issues of national interest. Chikangawa is gone now you want Dzalanyama to follow.

  18. Mchira says:

    Had this started 20 years ago our Dzalanyama wud have been intact koma uchitsilu amapanga mafumu, a forest and the useles police zathetsa nkhalango. MDF apa ndiye osanyengerera munthu tetezani basi. Za ncthito matate. Mupitenso ku Mchinji mountain

  19. Ice says:

    Amalawi tizilikonda dziko lathu,komaso amalawi tikondane coz penapake askali amakhala ngati anthu oipa pamene akukupezani malo oletsedwa,mzoona kuti malawi ndwe mphawi,,koma sizikutanthauza kuti uziononga katundu woletsedwa kuti upeputse umphawi wakowo ai…ndikuba kumeneko,,,askali gwiran ntchito yanu…ndipo yense opezeka malo oletsedwa akuononga katundu oletsedwa gwirani nae ntchito ndithu.

  20. OCHEWA EISH
    APA DZABVUTATU. TIYENI TINGO ATSIYIRA NKHARANGO TISAPANGE MAKANI.
    TIDZIMFA CHONCHI TSIKU LIRILONSE.
    TITHATU.
    KAPENA LOWE YOGULITSA MCHENGA, AMALETSASO.
    OK ANISALA YAKE NDI IYI, AKE!!
    TINGOYILOWA YOWETA NKHUKU NKUMAKAMENYATSA M’TAWUNI.
    BASITU

  21. Kanyimbi says:

    Anthu ena samamva. Ngati ukudulabe mitengo pomwe chitetezo chakhwimitsidwa, nanga akanakhala kuti ndi forest Guard amene akulondela nkhalangoyo akanamumvela? Anthu akufa chifukwa cha madzi osefukila omwe akudza kaamba kodula mitengo mwa chisawawa.Choncho munthu wodula mitengo akufanana ndi woukira dziko. Chonde a MDF mukamupeza iphani basi.

  22. Wakwiya ndi mfiti says:

    VIVA DEFENCE FORCE…. Stupid MP!!! Anthu anyawu munakhala bwanji?.. Aphedwe aliyense opezeka kunkhalango. Mesa mumati kamuzu anali wabwino, wamaso mphenya, He used force to achieve that not democracy. Kill them pliz 1000% in support!

  23. CHEWA FEDERAL FRONT says:

    All sacred texts are explicit on this: do not KILL. Do not shed INNOCENT blood. So, these semi literate soldiers believe the killing of an 85 year old innocent man can save Dzalanyama??? Nah!!!
    If you wonna save the forest you gotta reduce poverty first. Now, to reduce poverty you need everyone to work hard; especially deal with LAZY, PASSENGER districts in the South. Due to Laziness in the South, BT is now a shadow of its former glory. Actually, PTC recently closed 4 shops in BT coz the city has become impoverished!!!! An impoverished commercial capital??? What about Welenskey’s city? All Ruins and Laziness.

  24. jk says:

    Malawi is a pathetic country in many ways including destruction of its forests. The reason is that we hav irresponsible leaders. This mp kaya mukuti councillor is just such example of stupid dyll pipo in leadership. Dull pipo lik this councillor can not take Malawi anywhere. Malawi needs pipo that are informed ,pipo that think ahead, in leadership. This councillor is dull and too myopic to take up such a role. Keep up Mdf. Job well done

  25. ujeni phiri says:

    Are soldiers above the law, or is it a deliberate attempt by the DPP government to kill people from the Central Region? Look at how Mudi forest, Mulanje and Chiradzulu mountains have been degraded, yet no soldier has killed anyone there. These are definitely Lomwe soldiers

  26. Mulomwe says:

    Fotseki, mukulephera kutteza Lake Malawi instead you are killing your own pple. Whats that? Protect the forest, but dont kill. You are afraid of Tanzanians

  27. becks says:

    I dont applaud soldiers for killing people. Our soldiers are most idle on this planet earth. I will applaud them when they start planting trees themselves and not kill people for the tree they never sowed. Is killing people sustainable anyway? Will rain come for killing innocent desperate vulnerable people? Myopic thinking. As a nation we are lacking strategic direction no vision at all.

  28. Greencardless Malawian says:

    I told you, send these animals to Darfur or afghanstan for minimum of 6 months akazidule makosi ngati nkhuku to pay for their many killings. Im sure they think life is that cheap so if other ppls lives are that cheap to them then theirs must be equally cheap or even cheaper

  29. Cheguvala says:

    Ntchito ya msilikali ndikupha, ndiye alakwitsa chiyani pamenepa? A Police kwa ndi kugwira olakwa akalephera amauza msilikali kuti akaphe . Ndimmene anachitira ku dzalanyama kutumiza anthu akupha.

  30. Zimkambani says:

    Kusowa zochita uku. Kulimbana ndi masiviliyani haa!!! Zachisoni koma titetezedwa? Mu job description ya ma soldier mulibe izi akuchita palibe nkhondo apa ndi ntchito ya a polisi iyi chonde dziwani ntchito yanu

  31. mboba says:

    Mr MP taziganizani pofuna kuyikira anthu kumbuyo, dont you know that its your work to take care forest ? from ur community,consituance,district ,rigion and all over nation. sintchito ya asilikali asilikali abwerapo chifukwa chosamva. ndiye awagagadadi anyamata anuwo ndiposo azikugagadani nonse ndinu osamva, u r unwise MP . asilikali gwirani ntchito yanu yomwe munapitira kumeneko azazolowera.

  32. Mswazi says:

    But up to the extent of beating an 80 ur old? That was barbaric and unforgivable.

  33. no mercy with law breakers says:

    Malawi Defence force continue protecting our forests who ever challenges you to cut more trees is actually an enemy of the country. Deal with him – we do not want to hear NGO talking fwe fwe again. We are tired with these idiots who destroy environment and yet zero improvement on their welfare !

    Please cover all major forests in the country and countrywide. We are behind you with full support.

  34. Mapwiya says:

    its sad that people are being butchered by the MDF at Dzalanyama and some people are applauding this barbaric and inhumane act. Really? Remember God is watching and one day you will account for your actions. Where was the MDF when DPP and its cronies were busy plundering Chikangawa forest? When our timber was illegally being exported to China. Kamuzu must be sad wherever he is to see Chikangawa in that sad state.

    These DPP timber merchants still owe government over K600 million in tax arrears.No wonder after 52 years of independence Malawi is still one of the poorest countries in the world because of corruption Why is our army being used to terrorize and victimize poor Malawians? “All animals are all equal but some animals are more equal than others” Ku Malawi kuno amene amalangidwa ndi anthu wosauka. Anyway wosauka alibe mau.

  35. blessings phiri says:

    Mwayesa a police mumachita nawo chipako aja eti. Soldiers MP uyu akukudeleranitu.

  36. Man of God says:

    Osawasiya amenewo, akanyangeni ndithu. Nanga zoona lipitilire kuona malodza a chilengedwe chifukwa cha anthu osasamala ngati amenewa? MDF, continue that way. Anthu awa ndi osamva too much.

  37. Misheck kaitano says:

    NDIMATSUTSA ZAMBIRI KOMA APA ASIRIKALI MMANJA MWANUMO,TETEZANI KHALANGO YATHU ,OSAMANGOKHALA MMA BARRACKS AYI ,WELL DONE

  38. pyuta 1 says:

    sawatcha ma soldier nonse, ankhutukunve amenewa tiyeni nawoni, adzamva liti kuti titeze chilengedwe chathu amalawi? anadzala ndi iwowo mitengo imeneyi? ngati akusowa chochita azibambo amenewa azingobunyula shatapu…. ayisiye nkhalango yathu.

  39. chimuponho says:

    something that seem to problem mit not be the problem rather than the effects of the problem.mdf has been engaged to protect the forest.mdf is not teachers training xul.as far as the country is concern mdf is the last resort for peace.the residents wants mdf to do what they think while mdf makes sure that ppo get lesson.i do nt err mdf

  40. DEMOCRAT says:

    Kang’anthani makoswe owononga tchirewo basi

  41. h says:

    Thats the problem when soldiers have nothing to do! They are cruel to the people they are supposed to protect

  42. DEMOCRAT says:

    Go and fight with the Tanzanian soldiers you uneducated savages. Zitsiru inu! MDF=Mentally Disturbed Fools!!! kkkkkk…!!!

  43. tsanya says:

    This is pure propaganda, asilikari awadulira mpamba wao wootcha makala ndi nkhuni. They r doing everything to remove the soldiers Dzalanyama Forest yet the job these soldiers r doing is commendable! MP uyu ndi mbuzi, uwauze anthu a mu constituency yako kuti akapanda kusiya kudula mitengo atha onse! Ife ndiye tili nga nga nga pambuyo pa asilikari.

  44. .... says:

    Zitumizeni ku Syria zitsiru zimenezi tione ngati zingabwelereko ndi moyo.
    Agalu amenewo, komanso agalu tayimusi tayimusi amene anawatumawo.

  45. Joseph Msumba says:

    more fire soldiers!!!!!!
    leave Dzalanyama peacefully,thus why Govt is not responding you.

  46. 2016 welcome says:

    Bravo! MDF. You stupid councillor should know that the wanton cutting down of trees in Dzalanyama protected forest has far more reaching consequences than the death of those destructive two. You are not worthy to be a councillor in the first place. Tell your villagers to plant their own trees. Charcoal burning is not sustainable business. During Kamuzu the poverty levels were relatively the same but why was it that no one would resort to protected forests?. Do you realize that the whole Lilongwe city relies on Dzalanyama forest as its watershed? People like you councillor are the worse breed of enemies to Malawi. I wish I had chance to slap you in the face.

  47. MAVUTO says:

    MDF GOOD WORK WE NEED PEOPLE LIKE YOU IN THIS COUNTRY PLIZ CONTINUE

  48. Michael says:

    Chiweluzo Chake Sikupha izi ndinkhanza.

  49. Imphani mfiti says:

    Well done MDF. In Lilongwe people can grow ground nuts, soya beans, tomatoes, cassava and make more money but some idiots want to cut down trees and destroy the enviroment. When it fails to rain million lives are put at risk. ZEDI, APHOPHOLENI APUMBWA OWONONGA CHILENGEDWE, I agree with number 2 completely!!!!!

  50. Tomtom says:

    Look at the cause of the two deaths. Don’t look at the consequences. To me the two deaths are the effects of something else (cause) and that cause is the uncultured behavior of those destroying Dzalanyama forest. People should stop invading the forest reserve and these deaths wil not be there. Mr ward councillor please civic educate your people on the dangers of destroying the forest, otherwise bravo MDF.

  51. KJ says:

    This is sad. Let the officers involved face justice before the law.

  52. JB says:

    Keep up the good job Malawi army. This so called Councillor needs to be impeached straight away. He is a charcoal maker himself and Malawi needs more progressive minds than this one, so called Botomani. MDF look for him pliz and bath him in dirty mud again

  53. KJ says:

    This is sad. Let the officers involved face justice before the law .

  54. Kaya Kwathu says:

    The fact that the people in MP Peter Dimba’s constituency are close to Dzalanyama doesn’t mean that Dzalanyama is theirs to plunder and defile as they see fit. This is a national asset. People in the whole of Lilongwe City and further down the Lilongwe river have their livelihoods dependent on the water flowing from Dzalanyama. So, stop being selfish by running around to media houses selling cheap stories that your people are victims of MDF brutality. The engagement of MDF soldiers is a desperate measure to save this precious forest after your parents and your constituents literally failed to use the forest resources sustainably over the past few decades. If there is anything positive from this article it is the fact that these forest thieves are now afraid that they run away every time they hear the sound of an on coming vehicle. In fact, these people should run away and be very far from Dzalanyama because they have shown that they are not good stewards of national natural resources. Idiots.

  55. hisbora says:

    Malawi will not develop, zodiak has even put this stupid story pa STORY OF THE WEEK. Malawians, wot d we want?
    The army is only doing it’s job. Munazolowera kudula mitengo.
    I don’t biliv thiz pipo have bin killed no, njala this year n no selling makara, it’s a problem

  56. OWEN says:

    ZOONA MP KUMAIKIRA KUMBUYO ANTHU OWONGA CHILENGEDWE? MP AMENEYO MUKAMPEZA NAYENSO ALANGIDWE MUSAMUSIYE CHONCHO AZOLOWERA !!!

  57. yakumbuyo says:

    just by joining military then you can kill even babies in hospital.Take these offenders to police the court.Inu mmapezeka ndi chamba who kills you?

  58. Kamununkha Banda says:

    Bravo MDF. My heart bleeds when i see our forests.

  59. moffat lungu says:

    Stupid soldiers, How could you terrorise your own people in Dzalanyama Forest reserve? How do you kill your own people that you were employed to protect? Who is your Commander who is doing nothing about this silly behaviour? Who says that Malawian soldiers are disciplined? Where,? Outside or here?Is this the discipline you do when you go out? We use Civic education and not killing your own people when handling such issues.
    Let the silly soldiers involved in the killing of the two people and those who beat up the Councilor be arrested to demonstrate that no one is above the law. Stop the madness you Malawi Army Soldiers. Nyasi kuno AYI. Do not behave as if you are special. You are killing the people who contribute to your salaries through their taxes. Pali Nzeru apa?… Stop it right away. Malawi is for all of us.

  60. Jj says:

    Soldiers kill these idiots look mvula sikubwera adawononga mitengo. Amwetseni mikodzo agalu amenewa

  61. Etu says:

    Ma MP omwewo ndiomwe akuwononga mitengo kumatuma anthu kucheka matabwa nkumawagula

  62. Cheyo Muyata says:

    People around the area know that the forest is a restricted area. How they are found in the same restricted area? What is the motive of going into the restricted area?

  63. ochewa wa Gule wa Kamano says:

    M D F that’s good work .Continue doing this so that these people should leave our Dzalanyama forest in peace and not in pieces. These people should find something to do and not undressing our forest as they are doing. There are many businesses in Malawi than cutting down trees and burn makala. I am saying smoke them out. Nkhondo yanu ikhale imeneyo yolimbana ndi anthu wowonoga za chilengedwe. APHOPHOLENI BASI AZOLOWERA. AWONETSENI KUTI INU NDINYAMA ZA MTCHIRE NDIPO CHITETEZO CHATHU CHA DZIKO LINO CHILI MMANJA MWANU.

  64. Zagwa says:

    Stupid MP! So you want the soldiers to stop restrictions in Dzalanyama? Koma Malawi?

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