Malawi army suicide soldier had ‘issues’ with wife

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier who shot himself Monday morning Lance Corporal Msanide Chimphepo had issues bothering him, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Chimphepo was on separation with his wife and had gone absent without official leave, also known as AWOL, for about two months.

“It’s not true that everything was alright with him. The morning he shot himself he was arraigned to appear before the CO (Commanding Officer) for several disciplinary issues. He had also skipped work for two months,” confided our source living at Kamuzu Barracks, where the soldier was posted and resided.

In normal military practice, a soldier in the MDF who has skipped work for 21 days automatically quits his or her being an employee of the force.

“With so many disciplinary issues, one wonders why the force still kept him around. He was a danger to others as well and arresting him for guard duty was the worst the superiors could do. He was a living bomb and luckily he only shot himself,” added the source, who fears some day such a soldier would also kill others or indeed bring havoc to both soldiers and civilians alike.

Acting MDF spokesperson, Lt. Paul Chiphwanya told the press Cpl. Chimphepo was a disciplined soldier and that the cause of the suicide was still being investigated.

“All I know is that he was a good soldier and was posted to guard duty at night at our barracks entry. I just heard he had shot himself and we are investigating the reason behind the incident,” he said.

This is the first time a serving soldier had shot himself in seeming suicide using his own personal gun and whilst on duty.

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49 thoughts on “Malawi army suicide soldier had ‘issues’ with wife”

  1. WANZERU says:

    Too bad!

  2. Akatswiri says:

    Why suicide abwana?

  3. thabo mnyamane says:

    vuto lomangolemba ntchito ana amu line ndi limenelo, agalu inu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Truly says:

    Why? Chachuluka mchibwana

  5. Nyankhulawa says:

    RIP

  6. north says:

    Sorry

  7. Kennedy Mwema says:

    May his soul rest in peace. Ameeen

  8. lawrent malongo says:

    pakufunika mwambo.

  9. ndamva says:

    Discipling ikuchepa kwambiri.

  10. Observer says:

    Rising cases of suicide in Malawi requires urgent establishment of counseling services at all our institutions, otherwise people are failing or do not know where to seek solace. The Bible alone or church ceremonies are not enough to curtail this rising problem.

    We should be able to take care of these situations at early stages as possible.

    ‘Wake up Malawi, Yuka Malawi, Kwacha’- to borrow Elliot Kamwana slogan.

  11. OSCAR KAUNDA says:

    Kanundu!

  12. andrew says:

    we ought not to overlook personal problems at work…leaders need to apply servant leadershi principles

  13. Azadziwika says:

    Anawonjeza kutsuta mbaje. Mzimu wake uwutse muntendere. Amen

  14. crattie says:

    Kwathu sipadziko we will all die someday.Whether by suiside or natural.Understand human fate,u lookcan’t run away from it.

  15. martin says:

    rest in peace soldier ,why killing yourself that’s exactly discipline is missing in MDF camp.

  16. vendor says:

    Malawi Army and Malawi Police should have a counselloring centre. these people usually work under stressful situations. especially junior cadres. this is not good news so to say.

  17. Antobwito says:

    Declare a State of Emergency for the whole country is at mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Where things are work and which Ministry is spared with these issues, Which church is free from these horrors? Which is which? Xenophobia is at its highest order, Cash gate is inconclusive its all chaotic and chaotic and chaotic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Elias Nali says:

    dat waz depression ! what a terible diseaz ! sorry !!

  19. george says:

    teach them dat killing z not a solution,may his soul rest in peace,,,!!!

  20. pablos says:

    Soldier atan pa chicago

  21. Pappa says:

    Sleep wel soldier, nde uskali umenewo.

  22. Aaron mwansambo says:

    Muzangonditana ku sadaka basi yotereyi sitimisekerera sadaka yake timaiphaka osati zibwana

  23. Isaac says:

    Kodi ku MDF kuli ma professional counsellors. Frustrated soldiers need help not desciplining.

    1. Chalo mbanthu says:

      I buy this one.Some issuez needz professional counsellorz.

  24. chejali says:

    Ohooooo pamennepa ndiye wasova mavuto

  25. BOLOBODO says:

    Kodi maliro ndi oyika liti?

  26. Kenkkk says:

    MDF, please institute counseling and psychiatric evaluations and help for soldiers.

  27. Vaanwyk ku Mzuzu says:

    a chisi enanso aja anapha ana awo!

  28. My fellow malawians kuzipha its not a solution to the problems

  29. amnzeru a kummawa says:

    Amene ankagwira naye tsiku limenelo azipemphera coz akanatha kupha amnzake kenako nkuzimpha iyeyo. Mabwana nanunso, munthu ali pa chibaro and mukumupatsa mfuti, muzaphetsa anthu osalakwatu. Hibeeeeeeeh! armssssss. Sokole, sokole, heeeeeeeeee! (so call it a day)

  30. Koma Luv Kkkk Koma Mpaka Kudzipha

  31. MAX says:

    Pepani kwambiri anafedwa

  32. mike kamanga says:

    Ummm he was mad.Was not ok zochita zake kuambila pakanthawi,no wonder wazipha.

  33. LeoMesii says:

    Better gone himself than what the germany pilot did

  34. Nelson says:

    Too bad for a soldier

  35. king says:

    plz gyz is this the same msanide chimphepo from kasungu?

  36. Bohan says:

    Barracksgate. RIP

  37. Pentagon says:

    Thats why i wil not marry a soldier

  38. Leveleve Nampwache says:

    There’s too much indiscipline in the MDF coz amalembana pachibale!

    Army inali kale akuyendera maboma kukslemba dziphona zovomerezeka ndi mafumu enieni!

  39. clement says:

    Ndimamva kuti asilikali onse amene amalondera pa Gate yolowere mu Barracks amakhala ali pa chibalo. This is a danger to both himself and his colleagues as well as officers who exacted the penalty. You must not put pa gate munthu wa “mangawa”

  40. Shephson says:

    R I P ,shame. .

  41. Special Nyondo says:

    Nthawi yatha tiyeni tizipemphera kwambiri abare. Mot satana akulamula dziko lapansi lino. Shame to soldier

  42. shaaaa! says:

    vuto anthu mukasiyana,iwe ukamapanga zako, umaganiza kuti mzako sakutchayitsa kwina eeee!ndimbola bulazi.zikafika pa devorce kapena separation ndi payere payere,itchoke itchoke,kumachita kusintha magiya.satan was once an Angel kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  43. Dickson Chonongera says:

    Too bad. MHSRIP

  44. Emmatuwa says:

    Tatifutsira kwa mkazi wakeyo m’kutheka kuti soldieryo amafuna kuti abwererane ndi mkazi wakeyo mwina anapeza kuti mkaziyo anapeza kale mwamuna wina ataona zimenezo maganizo ake onse anabalalika mchifukwa chake anaziopmbera yekha

  45. Naliyela says:

    AAAAA kulodzedwanso bwanji?dzangovuta kuti pa article sananene zambiri.Amaopa chilango chomwe akanapatsidwa ndi Commander Officer.shupiti,,msilikali osapezeka kwa masiku opitilira 21 masanje,,,,inu a discipline ku army mukulekelera.Anyamatawa atha kuchita zoopsa nanga mifuti anagwirayo ndiye munthu akasowe nthawi yaitali choncho?zambiri zionongeka

  46. shaaaa! says:

    THE GUY NEEDED COUNSELLING AND DERIVERANCE.
    RIP

  47. Anamuloza anthu omwe sakamukonda.

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