Man pleads guilty for attacking Malawi President’s portrait: “I am suffering’

A 37-year-old Aaron Mbengo from Samilani Village in Traditional Authority’s Chilipa area in Balaka pleaded guilty  to attacking a portrait of   President Peter Mutharika at Limbe Police Station, saying he felt the President is doing nothing to instill positive change in the country.

The portrait of President Mutharika

The portrait of President Mutharika

Limbe Police spokesperson Pedzisai Zembeneko said Mbengo, on January 13 around 1pm went to Limbe Police Station where he pulled down the president’s portrait and headed out with it.

When he got outside, Mbengo started destroying the portrait.

Police arrested him and paraded him before the Midima Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, and pressed the charge of malicious damage which is contrary to Section 344 of the Penal Code.

Mbengo did not waste the court’s time as he straight away pleaded guilty to  “willfully and unlawfully destroying the portrait of the President, a property of Malawi Government, on January 13 this year.”

He told the court: “I have been suffering since Joyce Banda’s administration and I was expecting that the next president who would change the situation but I have been reading on the internet that things are just getting worse. I am still suffering.”

Magistrate Watson Mankhanamba  ordered that the accused be examined by a mental hospital to assess his sanity before the case continues.

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84 thoughts on “Man pleads guilty for attacking Malawi President’s portrait: “I am suffering’”

  1. Life says:

    I think any super sane person would do exactly what he has done. He will not continue to suffer inside after his pent up feelings are released. There is nothing insane in what he did except being very true to his feelings and doing the rightful thing. We should as a nation support him by demanding that all portraits of the president be removed in order to remove all the pain this picture brings to many Malawians.
    He has failed to take simple steps to gain donor confidence. It was a simple task for any president who was not involved in cashgate to clear this mess, it was simply setting aside judges and court to prosecute all cases and withing a month all this would have been sorted out. Reclaim the money and things would have been ok.

  2. yaya says:

    MY fellow Malawians, I think its time we should learn how other country were able to build their countries. I think will learn a lot other than depending on donor money and expecting what the government will do for you. instead we should think of what we can do for country as individuals not pointing figures.

  3. Mnngulu says:

    Wamitsala anaona nkhondo! Dzikomo Mr. Mbengo.

  4. phodogoma says:

    Aaron Mbengo is the most stupid person ever lived on the earth planet. He is an illiterate person. He is a savage. He even does not know anything in line with internet. He does not even know that every case has elements and he was responding to police questions without reading elements of a crime on the wall. That is why even the Court magistrate couldn’t believe in Malawi in this era we could have a fool like Aaron. Definately, this fool has not walked in the corridor of even primary school,let alone secondary education and tertiary education. And I could not believe that some Malawians can support such a fool, such a stupid person, such a mud man, such useless homo. He is a useless mercenary of JB and these peoples will fail. I mean how can Malawians support a criminal that is described as madman. What will say if doctors at Zomba Hospital prove beyond reasonable doubt that Aaron’s brain stopped working normal long time ago? You have discovered that Malawi is not facing fuel problems and export cover problems, now you are just sensitive by anything even what mentally challenged of Malawi are saying. Aaaron is mentally handicapped. If you are supporting a mentally deformed being it means you too your up stair there it is deformed.Idiots.,

  5. phuta says:

    What has this fool gained then ? I he is proved to be sobber, he will regret throughout his life.

  6. popapo says:

    Magistrate Watson is a remarkable man, if it were these magistrates who went to school through back door, this man should have been in jail. To give a chance to take this man for mental check up is admirable, sensible and we need more of such magistrates. Watson if there is a chance for you to attend a degree at Chanco please take it.

  7. Hebrews says:

    Or othandiza asabwera obvutika ndiwe opanda chochita APM ndi onse akhala akudyelera!

  8. aurora says:

    he sould go to jail iyaaaaaaaah…what is peter suppose to do..you want him to put you on his back,iyah..accept it malawi is a poor country,no president who wiill come to power will grow money or change te country..let him be…imilani upresident tione…muondere mundende,idiot..oononga

  9. kate says:

    Kwali mwekha. I think we just waste resources voting in Malawi. Guys have you noticed kuti dziko lathuli likuyenda lokha without a President? Peter alipo yes, just as a ordinary citizen existing in this nation and nothing more than that.

  10. Donors will never come out until Peter Mathanyula Muthalika ,Goodal Gondwe,Patricia Kaliati and the least DPP appear before court and answer cashgate matters.malawians musanamizidwe kuti ma donors abwera a DPP asanamangidwe.cashgate started in 2005.

  11. Disappointed Citizen says:

    Poor policies of these incompetent presidents in Malawi has made many Malawians to be in abject poverty while themselves swims in Billions.Inenso ive defaced chimodzi with markers.The police should come and pick me.Tilipo ambiri titang’ambe zithunzi zimenezi.

  12. Batuso says:

    Anthu onga awa sanachuluke nkwabwino mwazi wanga ukhale diesel yoyendesela Malawi lets remember Rate Dr Chakufwa chahana

  13. jimbo says:

    ‘Wangalusa’ No. 67 – People in Malawi have been praying to God to help them and their country for the past 150+ years. What has he done for them? Look at the state of the country – poverty, underdevelopment, cashgate and now floods. Things good and bad happen to people – that is life. God doesn’t come into it.

  14. Dr. Mango says:

    Mmihavani, yes I agree with you!!!

  15. zabvuta says:

    He is the only reasonable person in the whole of Malawi. At least he took action enafe tangoti phwiiiii

  16. wangalusa says:

    Some people who are ethiests look up to people for answers to their problems. God is real. He exists. He sees , hears and responds to peoples requests/prayers there and then to emergencies and he delays a bit to requests that are not urgent. I’m one of his witnesses. Most of my prayers through the Lord Jesus Christ have been positively answered. If it is not the Living God who grants me what I ask for, then who grants me my almost every request I make? Love God Almighty unreservedly and you’ll find him to be wholly true.

  17. Ntchamba kufuna spoon feeding
    Malawi olo atalemera bwanji ngati uli mulesi palibe chingasinthe mmoyo wako
    Wakeup in the morning and ponder on “things” to do!

  18. Ilipo yosalelesa says:

    Yakwiya ndimizimu siiyeyo ayi,

  19. Jelbin mk says:

    Yes donors stopped assisting us because of cashgate but whose fault is cashgate? Isn’t DPP?

  20. Wapa Monkey Bay says:

    The man is getting right things now comes worse over worse.

  21. mmihavani says:

    Hahahaaa the guy is a fool. He says ” i have been reading on the internet that things are getting worse” meaning he doesnt feel it himself? Anangidwedi eee

  22. chilombo says:

    The photo looks like Sherman Clump from the movie “Doctor Dolittle

  23. Cash B says:

    I expected him that h ll help change malawi but thank God may be things ll change …..

  24. Bob says:

    Kkkkkkkk Malawi waiona kuwawa.

  25. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Mr Mtambo and CSOs this is right person to employ.

    Azitsogolera ma demo.

    Ine ndimadabwa anthu a Ku BT amadandaula za vandalism. That’s the person.

  26. Gogo says:

    Yes is 2ru,we were waiting for a change bt no change at all,i think mbengo is right.

  27. Kwaderatowi says:

    Za pachilamu izi ndi pitala!

  28. TSETSEFLY says:

    If an opportunity arises I would not only pull it down but also tear it apart. The good thing is I have come to terms with the situation knowing pretty well that Mr Go slow has nothing to offer to this nation. Apa inalakwa basi ndipo tinadzikoloweka.

  29. Dr Mbewe says:

    The guy was right. This administration is just sitting phwee when things are getting bad. Rigged elections but have no clue on running government

  30. patrick says:

    Kikikikikiki umphawi wamupweteka munthu amaona ngati president azipita nagawa ndalama munseu kikikikikikiki. Nkuthekanso makoponi sanampase munthuyi mpachimake kulusa choncho

  31. Wakumudzi says:

    Kkkk Koma ndiye kuithatu.

  32. Esau Longwe says:

    There is no reason to accuse him bcoz what he say its true Malawi now is in worst poverty than before.

    1. zenko says:

      Yes yes! Worst poverty then b4. Chichewa please. Umphawi woti suunawonekepo. Simple.

  33. watchfuleyes says:

    Mr Aaron is of sound mind!

  34. Ganja says:

    anadya chamba chambiri komanso chowawa (high grade) m’khululukireni

  35. Fathara says:

    SATANA WAYALUKA SOPANO AKUMULEPHELA PETER MUTHALIKA CHISANZO CHAKE NDICHIMENECHI. AYESA KUKONZA MA DEMO ALEPHELA, KUKAMUYIPISA KWA AZUNGU KUNJA KUTI ASAPELEKE NDALAMA. KOMA CHUMA CHA ZIKO CHAYAMBA KUYENDA BWINO. CHIMENE AKUNDISANGALASA PETER NDI NKAZI WAKE AKUKONDA KUPEPHELA KWAMBILI NDIPO MULUNGU AKUMUTETEZA OSATI MASEWELA. LELOTU WONANI SATANA UJA WATULUKILA POYELA SOPANO, WASAVUKA. MULUNGU AKAMUYIKA MUNTHU PAMALO PALIBE AMENE ANGAMUCHOSE NDI MULUNGU IYE MWINI. BWANA PETER PITILIZANI KUZICHEPESA PAMASO PA NAMALENGA MULUNGU WATHU WAMOYO. NDIPO SAZAKUSIYANI. SATANA UCHITA MANYAZI SOPANO NTHAWI YAKWANA. WATIZUZA KWANTHAWI YAYITALI MULUNGU WANVA KULILA KWA ANA A MALAWI. NDIPO KUSOGOLOKU NDIKUWONA KUBOWOLEZA KOSAKHALA KWAMASEWELA. ZIKO LINO LITUKUKA OSATI MASEWELA KUZITHU ZOSIYANA SIYANA. CHUMA CHA ZIKO CHIFIKA PACHITA BWINO KWAMBILI MOTI ANTHU SAZANVESA, ZAMAPHUZILONSO ZIPITA PASOGOLO, ZAWUMOYONSO ZIPITA PASOGOLO, ZANTENGA NTENGA NDI NTOKOMA ZIPITANSO PASOGOLO KWAMBILI, ZAWULIMINSO ZIPITA PASOGOLO. MUZINA LA YESU CRISTU ZICHITIKA ZIKOMO KWAMBILI MULUNGU WOZIWA KUDALISA ADALISE MALAWI NDI NSOGOLELI WAKE AMEN.

  36. Phwitiko says:

    Palibe chiona ife,tinangotaya voti yathu ndipo pano zinthu zikuipila-ipilabe. Kumanga ambiri,chifukwa kukhala muvuti nafe.

  37. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Does this person really needs to go for mental examination or you could have judged his mental condition by yourselves before take him to the court of law ? The story which we are reading it tells it all and you wouldn’t have charged this man at all.

  38. Nangwili says:

    Aron Mbengo Ali bwino-bwino ndipo tilipo ambiri omwe takhumudwa ndi Muthalika,ine ndikamuona ndimugenda tikuvutika kwambili komano nthawi ya campaign anatinamiza kuti timuvote mxiiiiiiiiiii

  39. Kumpoto says:

    When truth is mistaken for insanity..#you should be scared..

  40. Kadakwiza says:

    No reason to send Mbengo to mental examination. Mbengo said he is suffering because of poor DPP leadership and he pleaded guilty. He should be sentence to corporal punishment, let say 5 slaps on his buttocks or 1 week community duty. Simple.

  41. Alshabab says:

    Koma zinazi kikikikikikkiki paja mumati freedom

  42. kadamanja says:

    Mbengo is not wrong he is RIGHT the president is doing nothing, i will destroy one soon.

    1. Malindima says:

      The President is doing nothing?This is a disease called ignorance! Mutharika sadzagawa ufa, ng’ombe, zingwe ngati amachitira bakha wanu uja. Sadzagawa ndalama ngati amachitira acheya. All lazy people will feel it and this is just 9 months in power and you have 51 months to go for the next election. Don’t be lazy! Work hard in the fields and grow crops that fetch more money and you will see the difference; Mutharika will not bring the difference!

  43. A MPINGO says:

    MAY GOD SHOWER HIS MERCIES AND GRACES ON THIS COUNTRY (MALAWI ) FOR THE SAKE OF OUR SONS ;DAUGHTERS AND GRAND CHILDREN (PRAYERS)

  44. Hahahahaha chamba nchoipa kkkkkk

  45. Ma demo koma amenewa osati zinazi. Timango chedwa ndi kupeleka ma date zamkutu.

  46. mj says:

    ali bhoooooo!!!!!!!!!
    magistrate be carefull!!!!!!!!

  47. Mr. B says:

    Malawi Police be serious in dealing with serious issues not waste your resources on this one. This guy is frustrated and his brain performance does not function normally. Leave him kapena akangosesa kusukulu Kapena ku chipatala one week only please be lenient on him. Remember during Dr. H. K. B, we were not allowed to cover our books anything in his image. This is another generation of multiparty and please consider to my advice.

  48. Amos says:

    Hahahahaha! Ntayeni munthu.Mfundo akunenazo

  49. Manyeretsa says:

    Mwana Chamba chaphweteka uyu!

  50. zingati zanu says:

    That’s freedom of expression your worship, why subjected to mental examination. Aquit the first offender to malicious damage.

  51. Kwame says:

    Yes zinthu sizili bwino not only nthawi joyce banda koma kuyambila nthawi ya bakiri, bingu, jb and now pm koma makamaka bingu a jb ndi a pm angogwelamo. Mtundu wa a makawi ukuvutika people cant even afford chambo chochokela mu nyanja yathu. Meat is so expensive comparing to our neighbouring countries like tz rsa where i go frequently. Chirichonse chochokela kumeneko kuno ndi times 2 or 3. Anthu a ku mudzi akusowa sugar soap paraffin mafuta odzola ndi zina zambiri. Ma facilities mu zipatala are not up to date ma premature babies angophdwa ndi zimbaula za moto ku nursary ku queens lilongwe hospitals nurses at nursary queens are too rude kukalipila and they dont help at all. night duty nurses kuchita kuyala matresses ogonapo ndi fan pompo osasamala timapremature wapeto ake a lot of ana kumafa tsiku ndi tsiku. Ndizowawa kwambiri koma boma siliona. You mean boma lingalephele kugula ma inqubators abwino worthy a million kwacha each koma kumaba ndalama za boma ma billions ndikugula magalimoto a pamwamba a ma ministers ndi kuonjezela aphungu, ma ministers ndalama za nkhani nkhani. Kulephera kuganga train anthu a ku nursary popeleka chithandizo chabwino? Shame shame shame. The presidents pay a visit to queens nursary and see the pathetic situation there. Why sending premature babies at nursary just to be killed if facilies there are not up to date than giving the babies to owners to take care of them wrapped in blankets with hot bottles beside. Mukudziwa kuti carrying a pregnancy ndikowawa. Zinandikhuza kwambiri nditakaona situation ku nursary mmene kumatenthela ana ali maliseche ati akuwaothesa uncontrolable zimbaula. To enter the nursary at queens is a taboo too hot 4 premature babies. I lost my twins there after being there for 3 to 4 days. And many lives were being lost each and everyday. Plse min of health and govt do something may be u are ignorant. So munthuyo siwamisala akunena zoona anangolakwa kuononga potrateyo. Dont give him stiff punishment. Ingomuuzani kuti asazapangenso zomwe anachitazo. Apeze chilolezo akapange march kunyamula zipepala zolembapo zomwe akuona kuti sizili bwino kkkkkkk anthu amuthandiza zionetselozo mosogozedwa ndi a chitetezo chifukwa mabvutowa akukhuza anthu wamba a ku mudzi ambiri mu dziko muno

  52. Young &Denzel says:

    Dont think he is mentaly disorder he is think about the future just let him go ngati zavuta angoimika manja mmwamba osati chala ndalephela ndinthandizeni basi

  53. M'ngoni wa pa Ntcheu says:

    Hahahahahaha comedy siidzatha pa Malawi

  54. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Ma demonstration amenewo.

    Kodi munthu akanena point blank, ndiye kuti ndi misala?
    Give him what he wants basi.

  55. titus Scoti says:

    Anthu amafuna president awachitire chiani personally? Let us work hard and earn a living instead of wasting time kudikira kuti andale atichitire zinthu. Iwo amachita zokomera iwowo. Why waste time tearing a portrait? Za zii!

  56. Chabwanda!! says:

    Sadalakwe ameneyo angomutaya basi!

  57. bryan says:

    Nothing wrong here, the guy is saying the truth. We have the most foolish and failing president. People who loves malawi the way I do, will always feel like Mbengo. We need change. Get lead of this old fox. I wished I ca kill bingu and let young people like Chilima take over.

  58. boston mlotha says:

    leave him alone

  59. PRECIOUS BZ says:

    Alibwinobwino ameneyo

  60. Moya says:

    A clear sign that we as a nation we are not used to seeing people expressing their feelings, we think they are insane, this guy is just being real the courts should simply buy his story. that’s how he feels.

  61. Kalanga says:

    Kkkkkkkkkkkk munthuyu

  62. chefourpence says:

    watumidwa uyu just to start a legal debate.

  63. wanangwa says:

    He is normal. He talks sense. Destroying a potrait is a sign of frustration.

  64. Madududu says:

    Crazy. Kkkkkkkkkkk

  65. Mchewa wa gule says:

    So he was saying he has been suffering since nthawi ya amai Ndiye zithere pa Prof? Usova

  66. Rodriguas Latata says:

    Mtayeni.

  67. atate says:

    He is not mad. He is OK. There is nothing peter is doing except just praising wat Bingu did. Even this zero deficit is a flop.

  68. Botsotso says:

    Munthuyo akunena zoona how many pipo are leaving their families going to south africa everyday? Did you ask yourself why? Do you thnk we’re happy kusiya mkazi ndi ana pa okha azibambo mkupita ku maiko ena? It is his right to protest..!!!

  69. Nonse mwakumana opanda nzeru nokanoka Pali nkhani yo Makanganapa

  70. ANKANGOLIRA UYU MUSIYENI CHABE

  71. Vyachalo says:

    A kamuwunike bwino kapena ndiopenga,kapena anamwa makhwa ozuguza bongo. Ndi ona anakwiya kwa mbili chifukwa cha bom ili la DPP. He has done bad but handle with care.
    Bad signal to our president

  72. yungsai says:

    olo kumulavulira kumene.palibenso zopta kumento kapena mwawona kut nzeru zamuchulukra kkkkkkk afana olimba

  73. ine says:

    We need pipo like him in Malawi, kukachotsa kupolice konko, adzolowera

  74. 20 July says:

    Akunama ngati? Apolisi ndinu zitsiru…musiyeni munthu

  75. mpimpa says:

    hahaha he is fine and mentally oky, akungonena zomwe wawona kumbali yake kkkkkkk

  76. mtila zomba says:

    Anatumidwa ndi kabwira, matambo, kwataine,ng’oma ndi trapence tsiku lija amati la mademo awo lija. amupweteketsa munthu. mkazi wake akuvutika uko. anthu ake ndi omwewa anaphetsa zina zaku mpoto aja kkk

  77. Namalila says:

    The magistrate’s decision is good idea and if proven of sound mind, he must be taught a lesson to deter the would be offenders.
    In any case , what has he done himself to change the things he wants to change.
    It should begin with you/us. The President is just an individual and can not afford doing everything on his own for us.

  78. sulman says:

    something wrong in his brain

  79. nganga says:

    Kkkkk ameneyu ndi 1.

  80. James says:

    This man is insane because some of the problems we are facing cannot change within months. For example donors are not assisting because of cashgate.

  81. che bint says:

    ofunika chilango chomamumenya basi.mpaka ku court?? Ndikanakhala wa police bwenzi ndikuongola zala pa iye daily fo two wks

  82. youngchagwa says:

    hi grade inangokupweteka iwe chamba basi

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