‘Mozambique ambush’ bodies in rotten state, repatriated to Malawi

Four bodies who were shot on 23 rd April, 2016, by unknown gunmen in the district of Catandica district in Mozambique have finally been repatriated to Malawi in a decomposed state as embalming delayed.

Bodies of Mozambique shooting return to Malawi  theough Mwanza border  as well as survivors

Bodies of Mozambique shooting return to Malawi theough Mwanza border as well as survivors

Bodies of Four of the Malawians who were killed in Mozambique repatriated in demposed state

Bodies of Four of the Malawians who were killed in Mozambique repatriated in demposed state

Minister of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson, Rejoice Chaponda confirmed the repatriation of the four bodies saying the Mozambique ambush victims  have been repatriated through Mwanza boarder enroute to Mangochi for burial.

To avoid a second  trauma to the families as well as public health considerations, officials  discourages all families from viewing the mortal remains.

Chaponda said the Mozambique shooters were “in military attire”.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaira said Lilongwe received communication from their Mozambique counterparts in   Maputo, informing that 24 Malawians travelling to South Africa, on 23 rd April, 2016, were attacked by unknown gunmen in the district of Catandica.

Kasaira said the attack resulted in the death of four people, while three (3) were severely wounded.

He said the  the group, which was travelling to South African registered their vehicle, through Barue in Catandica District of Mozambique.

Seventeen survivors of the shooting incident returned home, on 30th April, 2016, through Mwanza border while the three that were injured were hospitalized in Chomoio.

Kasaila said his government has “requested Mozambique to investigate and provide an official report on the incident that led to the deaths of four innocent Malawians”.

Mozambique has not reacted to the Malawi request.

The main road from Chimoio to Tete city and on to Malawi runs through Barue where vehicles have frequently come under attack from suspected gunmen of Mozambique’s main opposition Renamo party.

Kasaila advised Malawians travelling to South Africa to avoid taking the route through Mozambique because of the clashes between government security forces and Renamo.

The shortest land route from Malawi to South Africa is through Mozambique while the alternative route, through Zambia and Zimbabwe, is much longer.

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14 thoughts on “‘Mozambique ambush’ bodies in rotten state, repatriated to Malawi”

  1. chancy matola says:

    This is against the police law internationally, the police had all the machinery to communicate with their counterparts ahead of the road to do roadblock and stop the suspected felony, how can they open fire to defenceless suspect’s to such extent? This is incredible, we want those police officers and who ever commanded them to open fire to be tried accordingly.

    For the issue of due process when travelling its out of order here.these people they had already passed through two legitimate border’s so to say.
    How many Mozambicans are reported to have been killed by police on same?they knew that these are Malawians and nothing can happen if short.
    I for one need to hear about the assailants, waiting.
    “soldiers never die”

  2. observer says:

    Thanks Jose and Jorge Manuel. I have indeed verified the news at the following link:


    I’ll paste here the Portuguese version and then the English version (which I obtained using “google translate” since I don’t understand Portuguese).

    O Malawi aconselha os seus cidadãos a não utilizarem o corredor entre as cidades de Tete e Chimoio, alegando haver guerra em Moçambique.
    O facto já foi descrito como desinformação, uma vez que camiões malawianos circulam diariamente no mesmo troço, sem escolta .
    O Ministro malawiano dos Negócios Estrangeiros, Francis Kasaila alertou aos concidadãos que vão para África do Sul por estrada, para evitar o uso daquela rota em Moçambique.
    O alerta do ministro Kasaila acontece depois da polícia moçambicana ter alvejado mortalmente quatro malawianos no distrito de Báruè, em virtude do motorista da viatura que viajavam, no passado dia 24 de Abril, ter desobedecido à ordem da corporação para imobilizar o veículo.
    Para o chefe da diplomacia malawiana os quatro cidadãos do seu país morreram devido á alegada guerra em Moçambique, omitindo deste modo as reais causas da ocorrência e mesmo sabendo que camiões malawianos circulam diariamente, sem escolta, entre o Malawi e o Porto da Beira e vice-versa.
    Os quatro mortos faziam parte de um grupo de vinte e quatro jovens malawianos que viajavam à noite numa viatura de caixa aberta com destino á África do Sul, quando foram interpelados pela policia moçambicana no distrito de Báruè.
    Kasaila revelou também que Malawi pediu a Moçambique para investigar a morte dos quatro malawianos, cujos corpos chegam ainda esta semana aquele país.
    Entretanto, o chefe da diplomacia malawiana apelou às autoridades tradicionais, funcionários públicos e outras individualidades para sensibilizar os jovens sobre os riscos de viajar para a África do Sul a procura de emprego, sem os devidos procedimentos.
    “Na legislação malawiana é ilegal facilitar a viagem dessas pessoas para África do Sul sem a devida documentação, porque isso é tráfico de pessoas. Por isso devem ser tomadas medidas adequadas”, disse Kasaila.
    No entanto, alguns malawianos se recusam a acatar o apelo do governo e se aventuram em viagens para a África do Sul, via Moçambique.
    Eles alegam que Malawi vive uma crise económica e olham para a África do Sul como um paraíso para a melhoria das suas condições de vida. (RM Lilóngwe)
    Modificado em terça, 10 maio 2016 12:20


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    Malawi advises its citizens not to use the corridor between the cities of Tete and Chimoio, claiming there was war in Mozambique.
    The fact has been described as misinformation, since Malawians trucks circulate daily in the same section without escort.
    The Malawian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francis Kasaila warned the citizens that go to South Africa by road, to prevent the use of that route in Mozambique.
    The alert Kasaila minister comes after the Mozambican police have shot dead four Malawians in Báruè district, because the driver of the vehicle traveling in the past 24 April, disobeying the corporation’s order to immobilize the vehicle.
    For the head of diplomacy Malawian four citizens of his country died due to alleged war in Mozambique, omitting in this way the real causes of the occurrence and even though Malawians trucks circulate every day, unescorted, between Malawi and the port of Beira and vice versa.
    The four dead were part of a group of twenty-four young Malawians who traveled at night in an open box car destined to South Africa when they were challenged by the Mozambican police in Báruè district.
    Kasaila also revealed that Malawi asked Mozambique to investigate the death of the four Malawians whose bodies still arrive this week that country.
    However, the head of diplomacy Malawian appealed to traditional authorities, civil servants and other individuals to sensitize young people about the risks of traveling to South Africa seeking employment without due process.
    “In Malawian law is illegal facilitate the travel of those people to South Africa without proper documentation, because it is human trafficking. Therefore appropriate measures must be taken,” Kasaila said.
    However, some Malawians refuse to heed the government’s call and adventure travel to South Africa via Mozambique.
    They claim that Malawi lives an economic crisis and look to South Africa as a haven for the improvement of their living conditions. (RM Lilongwe)
    Modified on Tuesday, 10 May 2016 24:20

  3. Jorge Manuel says:

    The 4 Malawians were shot by Mozambican police because their vehicle didn’t stopped when the police patrol asked them to pull over t they were chased for 15 km before they were shot. I wonder why Malawian media is saying these people were killed by unknown men. All Moz newspapers wrote this those who know Portuguese can go to canaldemocambique then click radiomozambique then go to Breves. Where did the the Malawi papers got this news from

  4. Jose says:

    This was not an ambush, these guys were shot by the Mozambican police. What happened was that there vehicle was stopped by police but since it was night, the driver didn’t stop . Then the police started chasing them for some 15 km thats when they started shooting them. Its not gun men or bandits as Malawian news papers are putting it. The Mozambican news papers even confirmed and people condemned the police how they acted. Those who read Portuguese can go to http://www.canalde mocambique.com then click radiomozambique then go to breves. I wonder why malawian media are saying these Malawians were ambushed yet all the news papers in Mozambique wrote Mozambique Police kills 4 Malawians because of Disobedience.

  5. comled oopa chauta says:

    masiku otsiliza ano cholinga tizimenyena akufuna khondo basi mizimu yawo iwuse mumtendere

  6. ZOBA says:

    Shame on u hn minister & yo ministry. I think ur happy now.

  7. Kafuse says:

    Mozambique Why?

  8. Only the Truth says:

    Sad story.RIP

  9. yabwanya nawenso shame on you togather with your government.mtumbuka/mtonga okuda ndi m’manja momwe iwe

  10. Becks says:

    Is this what Government can say basi??

  11. Dizzo says:

    i hope malawi govt z happy now

  12. YABWANYA says:

    This is the Governments fault in that there is high unemployment rate in Malawi and the Government instead of creating jobs it is selling companies to private individuals who in turn declare many people redundant just like the scenario at MSB. this forces people to trek out for greener pastures endangering themselves.

  13. Epis Luzyo says:

    Kodi ku min of foreign affairs previously kunali a Chaponda awiri? Minister and spokesperson?

  14. Ronald Chisale says:


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