Msonda and truck driver arrested, charged over brawl: Granted bail

Malawi Police on Thursday arrested former ruling People’s Party (PP) publicist, Ken Msonda and S&I Carrier truck driver for being involved in a wild brawl on Monday night that left both of them severely injured.

Msonda: Charged

Msonda: Charged

Truck driver Kanyenda showing his injuries after a brawl with Msonda

Truck driver Kanyenda showing his injuries after a brawl with Msonda

Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala confirmed of the arrest.

Msonda and S&I Carrier truck driver, George Kanyenda got into a brawl at Liwanda trade centre in Machinjiri after a quarrel over a parked truck that blocked a road to Msonda’s residence.

And on Thursday, South Lunzu police detained the two for hours before releasing them on bail.

Msonda according to Divala, has been charged with two counts of Unlawful Wounding and Disorderly Conduct at Police Station.

”Mr. Kanyenda has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct at Police Station,” explained Divala.

Msonda is answering to the charge of Unlawful Wounding due to the gravity of injuries Kanyenda sustained.

Msonda and Kanyenda are expected to appear before South Lunzu Magistrates court on July 11, 2015.

The two got into a fight after a heated argument over a 40-tonne truck had parked on a road to Msonda’s house which infuriated the politician.

Tempers are said to have flared when Msonda got into the truck to remove it, and Kanyenda instead started insulting the politician before splashing beer on him.

Kanyenda is said to have loudly called Msonda ”Wa PP uyu, mwana wa Joyce Banda (He is a PP official and Joyce Banda’s aide)”.

Msonda, according to police, retaliated to Kanyenda’s insults and attack by hacking him on the hand and forehead with a panga knife that he got from his car.

”Mr. Msonda was the one who rushed to South Lunzu police in Area 5 (Machinjiri) and the driver followed him there. They started fighting in the presence of officers. The driver hit Mr. Sonda with a glass bottle,” explained Blantyre  police publicist, Elizabeth Divala.

Divala said it was difficult to arrest the two at the time of the incident as they needed immediate medical attention.

”Both of them sustained serious injuries and were given a letter to seek medical help. They were advised to report to the same police station on Tuesday, but the driver gave an excuse that he wasnt
feeling well,” added Divala.

In an interview, Msonda popularly known as foot-soldier suspected the incident to be a political attack.

”I suspect he was sent by some politicians because he recognised me as PP official. My life was in danger; he was so aggressive and my neighbours failed to cool him off. He splashed beer on me, broke thebottle and cut me on the hand, instead I had to defend myself,” explained Msonda.

He added: ”I rushed to police and he followed me there and attacked me again in presence of three officers. I thank the police for serving my life”.

Msonda said was waiting for police to conclude their investigations on the matter.

But in a separate interview, Kanyenda’s boss, Ben Chiwaula blamed the politician for starting the fight which he said had left his employee critically injured.

”The driver was coming from Mozambique and had stopped at Liwanda in Machinjiri to talk to a friend, a fellow driver from our company,” said Chiwaula.

Chiwaula said Kanyenda had left the truck, ferrying fertilizer, running.

”While he was talking to his colleague, he heard a sound like somebody was moving his truck. He rushed back thinking it was carjackers, but people told him it was Mr. Msonda an official of Peoples Party,”  added Chiwaula.

Chiwaula claims Kanyenda did not know Msonda until the incident when people called out his name.

He defended his junior’s failure to report to police on Tuesday as was adviced by the law-enforcers, saying he had fainted  and we rushed him to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was discharged on the same day.

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32 thoughts on “Msonda and truck driver arrested, charged over brawl: Granted bail”

  1. Frank phiri says:

    The international Highway Codes prohibit any driver whether of a truck or a saloon from blocking any Entry/Exit of a Highway, street, a cycle track or a public premises. One can only do that at a private premises. It is a punishable offence. I am truck driver myself. No truck driver can do that in Mozambique or South Africa and expect to go away with it without receiving the due consequences from Traffic Police unless its a proven breakdown.

  2. nkhamavi says:

    Do you know Chitatata bwino bwino, know who you mess with next time…you are glad you are alive Mr Truck Driver hahahahaha

  3. Chikopa says:

    Ine Amaloya kapena Ochinere nikuti “Bambo Msonda chipako chakubibirani ndithu”. You were provoked but it was you who shed the blood first because the guy was rude. Kaya ndichoncho? Basitu jere muyilowa pokhapokha mutasala kudya ndikupemphera kwa Mulungu. Apa Satana akukondwanu nanu kuti mumve kuwawa. Malawi political system has some of the best trained spies and underground people to take you to temptation. Ndale siyani. Munenen pa radio kuti you no longer PP and perhaps someone will soften the heart. I plead with you my Brother.

  4. fatty says:

    if the whole issue will be politicised then msonda will dance to the tune. however, I still feel that the track driver was wrong.the most disappointing this that in the report it seems the police officers have already taken their side which is that of the driver

  5. Hot Iron says:

    Bambo Msonda sanalakwe. Driver wamwano uyu anatumidwa kuti amupezese mulandu bwana Msonda. I am not PP but the driver and the police were all acting foolishly. Stupid politics from Dirty People’s Party!

  6. A police samalani ndi nkhani yi even if I am not a judge olakwa ndi truck driver was wrong Mr Msonda was protecting himself do not use politics here. why detaining Mr Msonda? Actually inuyo ndinu mboni ku court about the fight at your place

  7. amfumu says:

    the truck driver,probably a son of a harlot,was wrong and rude

  8. Xander Jimmy says:

    Although I totally condemn violence of any nature……bt I feel Mr Msonda might really being put in an awkward situation……..Truck being parked in residential areas is not acceptable and contrary city bylaws…..unless if is categorized as main road…….kuwatsira mowa koyambilila bambo Msonda wa it clearly show kuti adamutuma…….hence Bambo Msonda had to defend himself………if he parked pa plot yanu Mr Msonda consider trespass charges against this rude n disrespectful driver and his employers!

  9. kene wa kene says:

    Takhala tikuziwa kale kuti Ken Nsonda ndi ~Mr Kachikwanje kuyambira kale during Kamuzu era.

  10. mphwache wa bingu says:

    These truck drivers are a nuisancet to society .He should also be charged with parking truck in residential areas contrary to the city bylaws

  11. mdk says:

    A the real ujeni koma nkhaniyi mukuwelenga kapena muli ndi maganizo anu kale?eish! Kķkkkkkkkkkkk

  12. phodox says:

    Akulu anzanga a Ken Msonda inu ndi woopsanso mpaka mpeni mgalimoto. Mukadakhala ndi mfupi nyama idapezeka basi mukadapha. Koma kuyendetsa galimoto ya mnzako ndi kovomerezeka kodi? Mukamapha anthu mwandale ngati malemu Chasowa sindinu nomwe apa.

  13. Misonda says:

    Ken msonda looks like chiweto chamu Chiweta (nyani etc). And some of you call this animal ‘bwana’? Shame!

  14. chiyenda says:

    I agree with my friend, Malawi Police: malabishi indeed. Kuonetsa kukondela poyera yera.

  15. clement says:

    Seriously msonda made it wrong. He must know that the road the driver parked his truck was not only going to his fucken house, he could have be patient and talk to the driver to move the truck but he decided to his superiority in barbaric way by hacking Kanyenda with panga. Why did you drive the truck without permission? If the owner of the truck say you damaged accelerator, will you deny? Even if the driver called you wa pp was he lying, are you. D P P member? Msonda, you must very stupid. Now you are saying its political motivation, how come? Tionetsana ukatuluka.

  16. GRM says:

    Thank you Msonda for teaching this mafia a good lesson. Akayambenso. Mufera zotumidwa. Mwachepa nazo

  17. Chisale chindipha makina says:

    Chilungamö palibe apa couz nsonda anakakhala kut wavulala bwenzi titaona chithunzi chovulala bt ngati mwadyapo apa aplice samalani n0nse chipere la 40 fanta akuwawirani! Akuyenera kumangidwa basi osati zomwe mukupangazo.

  18. yale says:

    kodi mwayamba kumayenda ndi zikwanje a PP eti

  19. wales banda says:

    Onse masavage

  20. moya says:

    I smell a rat, Dpp could b involved.

  21. The real Ujeni says:

    If Msonda suffered heavy injuries too, how come the driver is not charged for wounding him? Malawi police siyizatheka ma rubbish.

  22. nophiya says:

    This guy was sent by Uladi Mussa. Uladi wants to involve other parties in this case. That is the reason why Msonda said , he suspects political acts. It is a collusion. Ben akufera zaweni ake.

  23. Boyd Kilembey says:

    Msonda should have exercised restraint. Just imagine if people like these are elected into public office…tonse osamwa madzi ..

  24. Kwangwagwa says:

    Msonda, wachita bwino kumukuntha ameneyu. Ana amasiku ano okulira mumthunzi sadziwa kumenya ayi, koma pakamwa pokha zoyankhula zamtuzu basi. Ameneyu udalaivala sathaso ayi. A traffic directorate kamulandeni license driver uyu chifukwa cha wrong parking which led to blocking other road users. Job well done Msonda! Congratulations! Ukamukuntheso kachiwiri ku course ndi kundende ngati angakuyikeni kundende imodzi.

  25. Webster Thom, Bingu wa Muntharika, Daniel Phiri says:

    Munthu ungakayimike chi track pa msewu opita ku nyumba kwa mwini wake. Mmalo mopepesa mkumakulanso mtima lero ndiizo akukhapa. Nayenso bwana wako sakudziwa chomwe akunena mmalo mokuti adabwe kuti driver wake mowa anawutenga kuti kapena amapezeka ndi mowa bwanji ali pa ntchito, ndipamenenso akukuyikilanso kumbuyo dilaivala shupitii.

  26. drogba says:

    there’s no political kutumidwa here Bwana msonda. truck driver waledzera mowa, wapanga pack his truck pamseu, which happened to be wopita kunyumba kwanu, inu mwakwera mugalimoto yamwini wache, mwapanga ignite galimoto yamwini, mpaka kuyendetsa galimoto yamwini wake. munthu woledzeraa walusa kuti mwalowa mgalimoto lake nkuyendetsa opanda chilolezo, wakuthilani mowa. inu Mwatenga chikwanje kukhapaaaa mzanu, mzanu wakubwezerani, ndiye mukanene kuti anatumidwa ndi azipani??? aaaaah abwana, zabodza. you were also to blame for not being patient and being violent. kukhapaa mzanu, nanga akanafa bwana?? Kupusa, phuma a nsonda. the reason why he said u are Joyce Bandas child is obvious, everyone could say it. you are a celebrity, you are a pp strong man, not because anachita kutumidwa to say it. please lets not be politicizing everything, including our own weaknesses just to accumulate political mileage

  27. sir bentby says:

    musonda umsitha, ana akujaila heavy, nanji akaona UFA mmutumu akumaona ngati nyonga zinapanga expire

  28. Nkozombwe says:

    Maurice Nkawihe, the writer bwanji osationetsa pic ya msonda atavulana than the one in suit?

  29. S&l belongs to Intiaz Mussa of DPP(Yunus) of zomba a Ben angobisalilapo kkkkkk

  30. wokwiya says:

    Just by looking at injuries sustained by the truck driver, I hereby declare Msonda the winner of this bauti. He going to face Mayweather

  31. Mo says:

    I think msonda is a good fighter, the driver looks young, how come this little boy was hacked like that,on brawl would have sent mr msonda somewhere,mr driver when you recover contact i teach you the basic of fighting them i will organise arematch,bravo msonda ana amasiku ano mwano job well done on this one

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