Man escapes mob justice in Lilongwe after being caught stealing

A young man in his thirties, Wednesday afternoon, escaped the wrath of a mob when he was caught by an angry crowd removing a rear mirror of a car whose owner parked at Action Hardware, close to Mahomed Arcade in the heart of Lilongwe City, Old Town.

The alleged thief being beaten by an angry mob - pic by LINA

The alleged thief being beaten by an angry mob – pic by LINA

Police officers taking the alleged thief away - pic by LINA

Police officers taking the alleged thief away – pic by LINA

The car owner showing the removed mirror - pic by LINA

The car owner showing the removed mirror – pic by LINA

The incident, witnessed by this reporter, started as a simple issue when one vendor on the scene alerted his friends to look in the direction where the alleged thief was busy removing a rear view mirror from a car. As he finished removing the mirror, three vendors descended on him asking him what he was doing by removing the mirror.

The man failed to justify his action and within seconds the place filled up with vendors and other passers-by interested to see what was happening.

Immediately some people passed judgment on him shouting: “beat him, kill him.”

Spontaneously some people picked up stones, others sticks and started beating the alleged thief.

Within minutes the man fell down, and it is when good Samaritans started getting worried looking at the way they were beating him and reported the matter to the nearby armed police officers who were less than a hundred meters away.

The officers rushed to the scene and rescued him from the angry mob and led him away for questioning and for his security.

Monica Mmanga, working for the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation who was also on the scene when this was happening appreciated police immediate action.

She said: “This place is full of such people who are always looking for an opportunity to steal and they even break or unlock people’s cars especially during such festive seasons like this.”

She confessed that her own car was unlocked last year where they stole a number of items which were in the car.

Police patrols, which many people say are helping in curbing crime, have tremendously been increased because of numerous complaints of increased crime.

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16 thoughts on “Man escapes mob justice in Lilongwe after being caught stealing”

  1. Bondo says:

    Mbava kapena kuti akuba okha okha amabelana mwini galimotoyo ndi mbava yoopsa zedi uyu adamuthamangitsa ku Mitundu LL.

  2. tiyeni tiwotche basi zimenezi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Therere says:

    he should not be released, the best is life sentence or eliminate

  4. Tonde says:

    What a waste of police officers time rescuing the scum of our society. I feel bad that my tax.pays salaries for these stupid police officers

  5. Dikisan says:

    Mukanagaza mutu basi! Banu mtundu wakubawo utatha. Zakukanikani. Ativutanso akabwera.

  6. Chimango Gregory Mtanga says:

    Apolice please chonde ndagwira miyendo yanu chonde musiyiretu kuteteza mbala,zikutisausa moyo kwambiri.

  7. Chimango Gregory Mtanga says:

    Apolice please chonde ndagwira miyendo yanu chonde musiyiretu kuteteza mbala,zikutisausa moyo kwambiri,

  8. casava says:

    Nice article Makaka (chinangwa chouma). i have grasped what I wanted to know.

  9. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    @1, the reporter needs to improve on use of punctuation marks. Like the parenthesis in reported speech and exclamation marks. Words that show one is screaming or shouting the best punctuation mark is “!”.

  10. Nankununkha sadzimva says:

    Chimunthutu chakuba, chikapondo chenicheni.

  11. stasha says:

    Amalawi mpaka kufuna kupha kamba ka mirror, akanakhala kuti watenga galimoto yonse mamirror onse ali pomwepo nde makanata? Mwina mukanamudyatu ameneyu.

  12. Tengupenya says:

    if we all stopped buying these items from these folks, they would have no market and so they would not have to steal like so.

  13. khwethemule says:

    Indeed a niece article. Sam Makaka is likely to be a good skills in photojourno and journo. He has combined text and pictures quite good.This thief could not have survived without police attention. Just look at the long attilaries. For sure the thief was praying for God’s forgiveness, he was repenting.

  14. SONG says:

    Thanks our Police Service for well done job.

  15. mapwevupwevu says:

    Nicely written article!

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