Malawi Police IG says ‘wrong’ to conclude that MDF soldiers killed football fan

Police Inspector General Lesten Kachama has said there is no objective evidence to conclude that Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier assaulted Godfrey Mwale, who was a 24-year-old college student, in post-match violence that led to his after succumbing to serious head injuries.

The late Godfrey Mwale's father paying their respects at College of Medicine Mortuary (CoM).

The late Godfrey Mwale’s father paying their respects at College of Medicine Mortuary (CoM).

Kachama: Dont conclude that MDF killed Mwale

Kachama: Dont conclude that MDF killed Mwale

On what was meant to be a news conference on the violent robbery which took place in Lilongwe on Monday in the capital Lilongwe and left one police officer dead, Kachama was taken by surprise by a reported who quizzed him on the death of Mwale and why police have not arrested his attackers.

“It is wrong to conclude that this was done by members of the Malawi Defence Force,” said Kachama.

“For now we cannot conclude that the people who beat Godfrey were MDF soldiers let the police do their investigations,” Kachama added.

Mwale was attacked about 500m from the Kamuzu Stadium on 10 May.

The incident happened as violence spilled over to the streets following a Super League match involving Surestream FC and Malawi Defense Force side Red Lions.

He suffered acute hematoma as a result of head trauma and swelling of the brain, according to Dr Patrick Kamalo.

Trouble flared after Red Lions players assaulted referee Borniface Chipinga following the final whistle, angry with him for a penalty he awarded to Surestream in the dying minutes. The game ended 2-2.

Father of the deceased Police Senior Superintendent Stanly Mwale described his son’s death as “wrongful death” and vowed to seek justice on his child’s killing.

He said he had no doubt that his son was killed by MDF soldiers following the evidence by people who witnessed the beating of his son have been presenting.

Among other things, Mwale claims his son was beaten by people who descended from an MDF TATA truck.

Mwale’s death is the second  from football violence in Malawi in two years and Sports Minister Grace Chiumia wants more to be done to tackle the problem.

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Og
Guest

Iwe IG, ukuwaopa makape wa eti?

Richmond
Guest

zachamba thiz guyz r murderers amazifira powerful ndkwaabale awo omwe ndat zisathere pompa makolo azisate abweze basi iwo cholinga chao chinari chani i het them

Atchair
Guest

Mukufuna umboni wotani akachama

Benson Chirwa
Guest

Let people boycott games by the MDF teams as south African business experienced after xeno.

Wakuda
Guest
People have expressed their views. For sure,many but not all suspect MDF soldiers to have had assaulted the late Geoffrey resulting in his death. Investigations of this nature take time and we ask the police to expedite it. A life has been lost and the truth has to be known. Those responsible should be punished. Carry out your investigations professionally so we know the truth. Those that say they have evidence,please provide it. I wish people had taken the photos or even video clips of the soldiers descending from the TATA beating the late Mwale. Please provide evidence,we want to… Read more »
Terminator
Guest

Kachama, you are a goat and a coward who is afraid of taking the army head on. Idiot.

nyasa boy
Guest

Mbava zithothole kwambili apolisi Tiwone kuti anenachani bullshit Mr IG

Chikuni
Guest

Stupid IG,you deceive to die with the so called MDF.Drunkereds and adulterish people.Hello is waiting for you all.

kate
Guest

Asilikaliwa azisewera okha mpira. stupid army, stupid IG of police. mantha chani? akanakhala mwana wanu Godrey mukanatani Akachama? Rest in peace Godfrey.

CHIWENGO KASUNGU
Guest

LESTEN KACHAMA MUST RESIGN WE LOST YOUNG INTELLIGENT BOY GEOF MWALE BECOZ POLICE OFFICERS FOLLOW LAW AND ORDER THEN YOU CAN SAY WHATEVER YOU WANT FROM YOUR EMPTY OBLINGATA NO WONDER YOU ARE A JC GRADUATE.PLZ RESIGN

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