Malawi Police arrest father, son for whacking suspected thief

Malawi Police in Blantyre have arrested a 60 year-old man Masauko Mbewe and his son, Action for injuring a suspect believed to have stolen sugar cane from their garden.

Mbewe and his 24 year-old son are said to have caught the victim stealing sugar cane, and instead of taking him to Police, they just dealt with him by cutting his ligaments on his legs.

The incident happened on July 11 around 8pm near Sky Ways Business College in the commercial capital, Blantyre, according to Constable Andrew Mayawo, Assistant spokesperson for Blantyre Police.

“Masauko Mbewe and his son guard the sugar cane field at night and on this material day, they bumped into the victim and caught him stealing sugar cane.

“They severely whacked him and left him half dead. The victim was then rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he regained conscious and his still admitted to the hospital,” said Mayawo.

Mayawo then urged the general public to avoid mob justice, saying suspects are always innocent until proven by competent court of law.

“As police, we will allow justice to prevail. We have levelled charged against them because they have flouted the country’s laws.

“The best they could have done was to take the person to Police than executing mob justice. Mob justice is no good. It’s an offence. It is the courts that have the mandate to give punishments to those proven to have committed an offence,” said Mayawo.

Mbewe and his son hails from Teza village, Traditional Authority Ganya in Ntcheu district, but they based in Mbayani while the victim hails from M’biza village,

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29 thoughts on “Malawi Police arrest father, son for whacking suspected thief”

  1. Sekulu says:

    Yap

  2. bwangazu says:

    mtumbuka ameyu eti?

  3. Jojo says:

    So police don’t like competition in killing thieves ?

  4. Chimani. Game says:

    But u police guys you shoot to kill suspects

  5. chefourpence says:

    Does the police consider that these thieves come well armed? How can you take a well armed life threatening thief to the police unless you physically subdue him/her? Palibepo nkhani apa.

  6. makwinjaishmael says:

    Mmm nanu apolice musamakhale busy kusaka yemwe wachotsa ma limbs kapena kupha mbava.Zikatere mudzisangalara coze u never know kut mawa akanakaba kwandan?,mwina nkunyumba kwanu kapena kwa m,bale wanu!.Zimatikhudzatu tikamamva kut wapolice waphedwa ndi mbava.Timalakalaka titakhala IG/ president nthawi yomweyo nkupha mbamva zonse including za cashgate ngangale ndiizo zomwe zayamba kupha anthu…so bad.
    Aniyake zimbeo chonde atulutseni,sanalakwe!!!!.

  7. Bob says:

    Kill kill kill

  8. Ndatero ine says:

    Kuba ndi kuba basi . Bolanso ya maligaments nanga shoot to kill

  9. Mbava wochani says:

    Kupha mbava sikulakwa chifukwa ndigawo loteteza munda wake munthu omwe amadalira moyo wa tsiku ndi tsiku. Enanu akazaba kwanu muzaona kamwini sikachepa

  10. Chalukowo says:

    Sanalakwitse iyeyo nzimbeyo inali yake panyopake,amuchepetsanso akanangochipha ngakhalenso kuchiotcha ngati mang’ina,nanu apolice mukusowa ntchito eti,munthuyo anakhetsera thukuta lake,iye manja lende,chizeteeee

  11. Naonso kusadziwa game. Timayetana a neighbor kuti “wakuba wakuba”. By the end of the say wina amabweretsa petrol wina machesi, wina chikwanje. No one points a finger at anyone. Nkhani yatha. Sitimaphangira chilango baba.

  12. Kwangwagwa says:

    Apolice nanunso adzakupangeni mob justice. Fotseki!

  13. sugarcane Trauma says:

    The victim will have bad experience of sugarcane.Any sugarcane on the roadside will be associated with whacking by the irate owners.

  14. hoj says:

    amalawi muntu kuba sugarcane mphaka kufuna kumupa khoma muntu akaba ma million ungomusiya. nzimbe ndichani chatukwachacho guys.eeeeee kaya

  15. Chilongo says:

    If this is an offence then Police shooting the armed robbers as recently reported are equally unlawful and must be reported and arrested. T
    I believe the innocent man and his sons are paying for the sins of the robbers. They are innocent and the thief deserved it. If he had died he should have not reported. Now by apprehending the innocent you are fueling the rage of them and instead of leaving him arrive they will be killing them.
    He should accept that he is to blame for daring an innocent poor farmer, in fact he wanted to kill him through hunger

  16. zonse ndi nthawi says:

    Palibe milandu apa because this is provocation ,if Malawi is getting poor is because of these thieves akapezeka iphani ndi adani achitukuko amenewa zowona munthu wina avutike ndi ntchito wina kudzango thyola basi i repeat akapezeka aphedwe.

  17. masa masina says:

    The thief deserve worse treatment than what he got. Lazy people want to get other people’s property without working for it. Gardening is hard work.

  18. One Loves says:

    If they caught him stealing then he is not a suspect but a thief…..mwaganiza bwanji kodi? mob justice is good because it ensures that the person is punished at a time when the offence is committed. imagine he had sugar cane in his hands when the ligaments were being cut. guess what? he didn’t feel the pain but enjoyed the sweetness of the sugar cane he was holding. Next time try to set him on fire and see how he dances.

  19. Totolitotoli says:

    Mbava ungati ndakugwira tiye ku polisi,iyo khosi gonekere!mukuchezatu inu!.Is a do or die game,nanga wavutika kulima wina kungobwera kuzaba ,tingatukuke choncho a Malawi.

  20. Nyamakumutu says:

    But what are you saying mr police man. Are you sure you have an moral respect to have said what you have said. Are you not the one increasing mob justice. Of late the police is busy shoot to kill. Is busy joining robbers. What do you mean by going to police with this their. Do you still have the respect that we used to give to our police of the Ngwazi time. Free them now.

  21. mwahana says:

    Oh! No! This is not mob justice. The two were guarding their property, so if a thief breaks into your house and in the process you injure him should you really be arrested???? You are dealing with an intruder here!! Either it is you killed/injured or the intruder killed/injured!!!!
    What about the police shooting dead would be robber!!!!! Do they get arrested???????

  22. Petulopaulendoachoke says:

    Caught red handed stealing sugarcane – suspect is innocent until proven guilty???? My foot!!! He deserved what he got…if it were you the police he would have been shot dead. How many have been shot dead on scene of crime, did you say you shot innocent people because they were not proven guilty?? Wake up police tikagwira mbava tizichita nayo tokha.

  23. chulu says:

    RELEASE the two immediately or risk having a Police station torched. Akubawa atitopetsa!!!!!

  24. Phodogoma says:

    Is this good advice coming from our police that uses shoot to kill concept when they catch criminals?

    Do what I tell you not what I do type of adviser. Za pa dziko lapansi. Tiyeni nazoni.

  25. Boko says:

    Wakubayo asabenso mob just at its best olo ndiri ine ndikhoza kungodula a katumba

  26. Nabanda says:

    Vuto lake mukawamanga lero m’mawa mupezeka mwawatulutsa ayambenso kutisowetsa mtendere. Sanalakwe kuphako, adzayerekedzenso kundibera kukhomo kwanga nanenso mudzandimanga.

  27. PROUDLY KENYAN says:

    Two wrongs do not make a right. Were there no other avenues of justices that they would have executed? Let the law take it’s course. Poor reasoning indeed.

  28. Dr.prof.nyada says:

    Can you do more than this catch the assailants for the highly learned citizen of this country . Njaunju

  29. gabrie says:

    Tiziwawotcha basi

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