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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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… Read more »

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.


Wamitsala anaona nkhondo! Dzikomo Mr. Mbengo.

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… Read more »

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


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.


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


he sould go to jail iyaaaaaaaah…what is peter suppose to 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


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.

kambani zithe

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.

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