Malawi Police officer gets 15-year prison sentence for cell death of NRC student

Malawi Police officer Victor Nsolomo was convicted in connection to the mysterious circumstances that surrounded the death of a Natural Resources College (NRC) student, Edwin Msiska, who died in police custody in 2012, has been sentenced to at least 15 years’ jail for his murder.

Edson Msiska was brutalised in a police cell in Mzuzu and died

Edson Msiska was brutalised in a police cell in Mzuzu and died

Mzuzu High Court Judge Dingiswayo Madise passed the lengthy sentence on Tuesday. The court acquitted two Police officers George Kamphe and Lucius Mpakeni because the state failed to find sufficient evidence, beyond any reasonable doubt, to implicate the two.

Justice Madise noted that evidence tendered pointed to Nsolomo as the one who caused the unlawful death of Msiska.

Nyasa Times broke the story in 2012 that Edson Msiska was arrested for allegedly being found in possession of stolen property during the morning of 25th January, 2012 and was locked up at Mzuzu Police Station. He died on January, 29, 2012 in custody as police were arranging transportation to take him to the hospital.

A postmortem report from Mzuzu Central Hospital revealed Msiska was assaulted while in police custody, and that the cause of death was severe assault/trauma.

At the beginning of the trial, the suspects were charged with the offence of murder but by close of prosecution, the court found that there was not enough evidence to let Kamphe and Mpakeni answer a murder case. Instead, the two were charged with manslaughter.

Madise explained that the family of the deceased is perfectly entitled to sue for wrongful death and negligence in a civil court, citing total negligence by the Malawi Police Service.

Had the deceased been taken to the hospital earlier, Madise argued, Msiska could have been saved.

Chief State advocate Dzikondianthu Malunda said the State is pleased with a stiffer sentence to Nsoloma.

Msiska’s relation, Ester Lupafya, said the family will decide whether to sue Malawi Police.

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31 thoughts on “Malawi Police officer gets 15-year prison sentence for cell death of NRC student”

  1. cheyo the real northerner says:

    Bad assumption. Not all police officers are mbuli. Some of us are graduates but we are police officers. It was bad that a human life got lost.

  2. mphaka says:

    Is this Malawi police service or force.ndinanena kuti a poli enawa ndimbuli anangopeza chabe mwai.aaa

  3. kulakwa kuchosa moyo wa zako

  4. G man says:

    Chilungo chawoneka ngakhale 15 yrs yachepa! Moyo wa munthu analuzidwa apa! M’police uyu akakumane nazo mbava nyapala zomwe anazimanga iye akaswedwe makofi

  5. Ufulu K says:

    The family should sue the police. This is a clear case of negligence as pointed as by the learned judge. A lesson for the Inspector General of Police to advise his juniors accordingly.

  6. Kangaroo-Court says:

    This Policemen its their habit,please!look around there are more of this act.They think Police is for boxing field,all wht they know when probng the case is asauting.Emawa atengarepo phunziro,ndipo there shuld be a cirulating Memo to all police officer to make it knwn to their boys about this.azinyongedwatu!

  7. moses says:

    boma iri loopsa

  8. Jackson Mzoza says:

    MHSRP police service they became police force untill eish boma do samething for nosensiless behalve

  9. Longa Mbuya says:

    I attended the same primary school with this fella! My heart weeps for him. The real thieves are out there in hiding.

  10. Mbukavu says:

    The photo seems inhumane to be published As for the Police’s conduct on this matter it is totally unacceptable

  11. chimwemwe says:

    Ameneyo Amafunika Moyo Wake Wonse Ku Prison,a Police Kumadzitenga Ngati Anthu A Nzelu Pomakhalila Wa police Nzawo Kumbuyo Pano Mwawonekela Pambalanganda Kuti Ndinu Zianthu Zoipa

  12. wales banda says:

    Malawi watsopano

  13. A Micky says:

    The family spent thousands of kwachas to educate this fellow and unprofessional people ended up by killing him. Please think before acting. When somebody is failing to tell you the information that you need does not mean that he is a thief or criminal but he sometimes may be innocent. Do to others as you would have them do unto you. Komanso nthawi zina mbavazi ndi mbandazi ndi zimene zimapangitsa a polisi to behave that way.

  14. Jasitasi Chilungamo says:

    He was supposed to sentenced for 50 yrs with hard labour.This uneducated weed smoking policemen are doing no any good to Malawi.The parents should sue for billions.Cashgaters with billions are roaming free in town failing to investigate their cases but very much obsessed with trivial cases.Punish this thug of the policeman.If he had that to my brother i would hv kicked his ass to hell.Stupid policeman.

  15. gooluck says:

    15,years yachepa,haaaa 45yrs ameneyo

  16. Mike Nkhoma says:

    Kodi pamenepa munthu ameneyu adzakhalanso wa police, sitafanana pamenepa ? Mwina mawa mwana wawo adzakhala wopalamula ndipo abale ake a wophedwayo mkudzakhala wapolice mukuganiza angadzatani. Tiyeni tiphunzire kuchitira anthu zomwe ifenso tingakonde kuti ena atichitire.

  17. Mike Nkhoma says:

    Apolice musatenge malamulo mmanja mwanu remember you are the Law enforcer not judges. Khalani ndi umunthu imfa ndi chinthu chowawa dont take it for granted. The judgement will play a big role to other officers of the same charactor.

  18. Thubwelunwe says:

    Ndiye tisamve chaka cha mawa pa 6 July kuti amutulutsa nawo. Paja a pulezidenti alerowa kukonda kutulutsa anthu akuba ndi akupha mosaganiza

  19. Benjamin says:

    Family don’t hasistate so the police for billions…it’s not gona bring him back but life has to keep on going..MHSRIP

  20. That police officer deserved a stiffer sentence of 30 years.

  21. canavas says:

    Bwani nyasatimes mutichotsere picture yo, imandipweteka as if he is my own son. I feel bad and dont sleep at night. Ma relatives ake ati chani akamaona izi and yet sadzabweranso kunyumba. KOma malawi police……. OK

  22. SAPITWA says:

    MWACHEPESA CHILANGOCHO CHINAKAKHALA LIFE IMPRISONMENT.

  23. anachibwe says:

    I still feel sorry for the boy. God have mercy.

  24. Nsena says:

    Aaaaa zaka zachepa koma munthuyu ndi m’bale wathu zimatiwawa kwambiri.Nsolomo bi tidira nawe mwapadera wamva .

  25. Wysn chipolonga says:

    Nawoso azione, sichilungamo chimenecho ai.

  26. Dr Ben Phiri says:

    Police men should be trained to diploma levels not za six months. Minimum shud be three yrs

  27. Chipalamandule says:

    Amafunika life sentence. Munthu oipa ameneyu.Akafera konko nanga ma ARV amene akumwawo ndi mundende zikagwira?

  28. mphenembe says:

    a police ambiri sadziwa ntchito yawo mokwanira.suspect amamenyedwa asanafunsidwe mumamenya mwankhaza chifukwa chiyani agalu inu mulungu adzakukanthani.

  29. ndadabwa says:

    tithana nawo amenewo. a police sazatheka ndi agalu. 15 years ndi moyo wamunthu sizikugwirizana. ndipo ameneyo sanamumange amupititsa ku zomba ndi kumene akugwira ntchito. timupeza ku zomba komko

  30. govala says:

    Anathandizana, sikunali kumenya kwa munthu mmodzi kumeneku ngakhale policemen Kamphe and Mpakeni munawaona ngati alibe milandu. Tithana nawo ndi ife, zikutiwawa kwambiri. Nsolomo ngakhale 15 years yo yachepa, koma popeza mwina adzatuluka, will never find peace.

    Malawian police have to be advised the do’s and donts amathamangila kumenya as if walakwila malamulo a mnyumba mwawo no wonder ambiri apezeka connected ndi mbava. 6 month training is not enough! Revise the rules.

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