Police in Nkhotakota are keeping in custody Peter Mambiya who surrendered himself to the police after he killed Gibson Mwale in fight at Chigumukire in Nkhotakota in a scene that has left many arms akimbo looking at the events pertaining to the death of Mwale.
Nkhunga Police Public Relations Officer Austin Kaunda has confirmed of the arrest of the 41 year old Mambiya and death of 58 year old Mwale, saying Mambiya will appear before court soon to answer a case of murder which is contrary to section 209 of the penal code.
But mystery surrounds the motive behind the conduct of Mambiya’s former wife in her continued visiting of the suspect who upon chasing her on October 13 reported to her father who together with her brother went to the man armed with a panga knife to revenge.
“Mambiya was once a son in-law to Mwale before his marriage ended up in April 2015, and the woman remarried to another man in July 2015. However the woman kept on going to the suspect’s house for unknown reasons.
“On October 13 2015 she went to the garden of the suspect and started digging cassava without the consent of her former husband, an act which did not go well with suspect who forcibly chased her away. The woman reported the matter to her father (the deceased who while armed with a panga knife, left together with his son Andrew, and followed the suspect to his garden where he was watering his tomatoes.
“The two started accusing Mambiya of assaulting their relation, and in no time the fight arose. The deceased wanted to use his panga knife but was forced down by the suspect who wanted to disarm him, but in the process he fatally cut the deceased on the left rear neck with the very panga knife,” Kaunda told Malawi News Agency (Mana).
Later Andrew got hold of the panga knife and wanted to snatch it away from the hands of the accused but got hurt in the process, and it was a passerby identified as a Mr. Saka who successfully stopped the fight, and the suspect surrendered himself to the police.
A post mortem examination conducted at Kasitu Health Centre showed that Mwale, who was a forest patrol man at Dwambazi forest reserve and hailed from Chimunda Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kafuzira in the same district, died due to severe loss of blood.