Malawi Police arrest 8 over attacks to Burundian traders in Mozambique

Malawi Police have said it has made arrest of eight people following fracas at a Tsangano Turn-off, about seven kilometres from Ntcheu Boma on the Ntcheu-Lilongwe stretch of the M1 Road.

Gondwa: 8 arrested

Gondwa: 8 arrested

On Monday  some Malawians reportedly reacted to the apparent detention of a boy from Malawi who had crossed to the nearby Mozambique side to visit a Burundian shop owner there.

Malawian police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa said a total of eight  suspects were arrested after they  allegedly went ahead to demolish a house and  looted not only the Burundian’s shop but also targetted several other shops in the area and later returned to the Malawian side with the loot.

Gondwa said there were “ugly scenes” at at Tsangano, a trading centre which lies on the border between Malawi’s Ntcheu district and Mozambique’s Tsangano district in Tete Province but the  joint operation with their fellow law enforcers in Mozambique brought the commotion to an end.

He also confirmed that a Malawian boy has since been rescued.

“We will find out what happened for the Burundian trader to kidnap a boy from Malawi and in the process ignite the confrontation,” said Gondwa.

Tsangano Turn Off  which separates Malawi and Mozambique is an almost irresistible stopover for travellers wishing to buy vegetables and potatoes.

 

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3 thoughts on “Malawi Police arrest 8 over attacks to Burundian traders in Mozambique”

  1. Winston Msowoya says:

    It makes Africans lost souls of the World and our independence struggle heroes such as Nkrumah,Nyerere,Lumumba,Toure,Obote,Kaunda who is still alive,to feel betrayed where ever they are .Burundians,Rwandese,Mozambicans and Malawians are all Africans and Bantus and therefore,there is no need of fighting against each other leaving,Chinese,IndiansPakakistans smuggle tens of thousands of our hard-earned FOREX.It is sad that Africa is now more disunited than before seeing our national economies in disarray and politically,a laughing stock of the world.All of this is attributed to lack of decent and wise leadership.So,whenever we encounter such disputes we must not jump into bandwagon of physical confrontations and disunity.AFRICANS ARE ONE And AFRICA IS ONE!!!

  2. Phwisa says:

    We talk of patriotism/ solidality. The people Tsangano went to rescue a fellow Malawian detained by so called asylum seekers. Police does not see this as part of patriotism. Now am asking Burundians, Ugandans, Rwandees continue detaining Malawians . This is also your country. Feel at home

  3. Victor Mdzinyemba says:

    A Malawian boy is kidnapped by a Burundian trader in Mozambique our polite police says they will find out what happened for the Burundian trader to kidnap the boy but they move in swiftly to arrest 8 Malawians inconnection to the fracass that ensued. So the Burundian is free yet he is the one who instigated the chaos by his action.

    I do not condone violence of any magnitide but my concern is why leave the source of that unfortunate violence free in the name of doing investigations. Assuming the Burundian realises he was in the wrong and eventually slips arrest by relocating to another area what will our sloppy police do? The police should realise that such actions are a recipe for the rampant mob justice. Assuming that boy was not rescued who knows what would have happened to him. What would have been the reaction of the police?

    While our police was arresting their own citizens they should have also requested their countetparts on the Mozambiquan side to arrest the Burundian while they do the investigations. Or is it like kidnapping is legal in Mozambique. A coin has got two sides.

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