Man torched to death in Mzimba: Malawi Police warns against mob justice

Residents of Madede in Mzimba District burns to death a 34-year-old man identified as Biko Mhlanga for allegedly breaking into a house of a businessperson where he is alleged to have stolen K600, 000.

Mhlanga torched before being taken to hospital where he died

Mhlanga and his accomplices are said to have broken into the house of Mirriam Nyirenda.

Witnesses said Nyirenda was injured in the course of the robbery at her house.

The suspect was identified as a businessperson who plied his trade at Euthini Trading Centre in the district.

According to witnesses, an angry mob followed Mhlanga to his house at Euthini and took him to Mdede where he is said to have confessed stealing money from Nyirenda, a development that incensed the villagers who drained petrol from the suspects’ motorcycle and poured it on him before setting him alight.

Mzimba Police Station spokesman Peter Botha confirmed the incident took place on Saturday, saying the suspect was rescued by police officers from Mbalachanda Police Unit who rushed him to Madede Health Centre.

He said the suspect was referred to Mzimba District Hospital where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

Hospital authorities said Mhlanga died from severe burns.

Botha has advised the public against taking the law into their own hands.

He added that police are still investigating to arrest those involved in the mob justice act.

The incident comes hot on the heels of a similar case at Eswazini in the area of Insoki Kampingo Sibande in the same district where an angry mob torched  a vehicle belonging to Esau Mwale after it ran over a man.

The late Mhlanga came from Mkhuluwayi Village, Traditional Authority Chindi in Mzimba District.

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Those who have never experienced this will make noise alot here since you dont know what these pipo does in the scene. Who doesnt know that stealing isnt good at all? If they decide not to obey the law why should pipo obey the law when he first broke it? Though l cant encourage that but if they confess or caught in the process its a big yes let them pass on to rest in peace because they didnt want live. Instead warn the public to stay away from other pipos houses so they shouldnt be burned. If they want… Read more »



Ndiwe galu wamchira lende


Kuba si kwabwino even those of the ‘cashgate dealers need to be torched to ash.

Chiponda 2V

Where is Tikhale Tcheru a TV Programme that Police used to air on the MBC-TV. It used to warn people on such issues. That Program was good look today. You know reminding people is a good weapon than looking things like this. If Police is reading my mail let it know such programs were good even those committing suicide were warned.

Gang D

Mob justice is illegal, immoral and against religious principles. In order to deter such vigilante the police should arrest the complaintant (the alleged victim of thr crime) and charge them with acessory to murder period.



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