Surge of killings in Malawi worry UN

United Nations Commission for Human Rights has expressed concern over the surge of killings in Malawi, saying in the last two months, 16 people have been killed.

Mob Justice in Malawi

Mob Justice in Malawi

The commission says in a statement the killings through mob justice or for whatever motive are deplorable and must be discouraged.

The Geneva based UN body has since asked the Malawi prosecuting agencies to bring culprits to book and assist victims.

“The government should sensitise people on the dangers of taking the law into their own hands,” says the UN.

Police spokesman Nicholas Gondwa says the law enforcers are doing all they can to prevent such killings.

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36 thoughts on “Surge of killings in Malawi worry UN”

  1. Its understandable that people are frustrated with the systems that are maybe letting them down but,
    a. What if the suspected thief is a mental patient.

    b. What if you kill an innocent person who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time?

    Thus says The Lord, vengeance belongs to me. If you shed innocent blood God will hold you accountable.

  2. Phunziro says:

    It seems its police who are encouraging mob justice, once tipped of robbers even telling the names of thieves who are removing peace in our locations. They ask you to go and catch them yourself without thinking of the consequences after catching that thieve by the victims who were robbed, don’t you think the victims will directly torch them who has caused pain and havoc in them. You Police people you have to investigate and catch the thieves yourself after being tipped. what if we victims go to the villages of these thieves and arrest the thief don’t you think their relatives will revenge to us the victims who has already lost our properties which we worked for over many years. In the end the thieves relatives will burn our locations or Malawi Housing Houses plus our remaining properties which we worke for many years. UN and the police help us too victims dont just judge us. You should also judge the other side of the cheque. Protect both sides.

  3. Nathaniel Saopa says:

    Catch the thug, beat the thug, torch the thug to ashes (It is ashes to ashes). As long as these lazy bones continue to cause havoc in our homes, villages, towns and cities willy nilly we will also burn them willy nilly so that they do not exist anymore to bother us. Burn, burn, burn, burn the pigs. Kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk.

  4. doro says:

    Ma court ndi a police sakutithandiza thats y anthu akulanga okha.

  5. Enid says:

    Steve #26, much as I don’t support the mob justice, it is wrong to call us uncivilized and uneducated! I am sure wherever you come from, there are criminals just like Malawi and obviously you are not all called criminals!
    We may be poor but how come we can afford computers and cannot afford television? Does that make sense? How come we speak a bit of decent English if we are uneducated?

    When these robbers invade our homes or premises, they torture us, rape us and even kill us!!! The police is not doing enough to protect us, that is why the citizens are doing what they can to eliminate such kind of people.
    Malawians are not wild animals!!! Stop judging us!

  6. chirimba boy says:

    There is no point here with UN,themselves are failing people they are failing to unite nations.when albino are being hunted like wild animals,they keep quite,when the relatives.of the victims resort to revenge they are making noise,why?I hope this albino bones buisness is confidicially legal.so u mean to say that albino has no human rights,but their killers?are albino not human? Go damm UN,we have AU here.

  7. William says:

    Firstly we must highlight about universal human rights then nobody will above the law of else to dismiss life for anyone

  8. Winston Msowoya says:

    without a dot of a doubt,Malawi under Peter’s leadership, has become a lawless country equivalent to Middle East Countries whereby people jump over dead bodies in the streets without fear and human decency.This demonstrates that Muthalika has totally failed to run the country,he just cares about himself and his wife.This is not dignified leadership seeing dead bodies along the streets and the government just looks askance as if Malawians are wild animals.It is not the Malawi I used to love and respect and generally,people are demoralized for they look at the government having thrown them into the mouth of a monster.We are now looking back at MCP’s era when people used to fear their own shadows.However,people must now take care of themselves because Muthalika has no human feelings apart from amassing evil wealth from our government.He is an excursionist (traveller) shame upon him,this is what we wanted for voting for a person without a fixed-abode,I hope we must learn a vivid lesson from that.GOD PROTECT MALAWIANS!!!

  9. Emmanuel Chilonga says:

    there is nothing like United Nations chifukwa palibe maiko amene ali ogwirizana padziko lapansi komano mob justice its not a way to go tikuononga nazo image yadziko lathu zimenezi. the law enforcers have a long way to go

  10. Steve says:

    WHAT AN IDIOT #4 COMMENT THAT SAYS UK, SA and AMERICA IS UNCIVILIZED LIKE MALAWI..

    THERE IS NO PLACE ON EARTH SO UNEDUCTAED AND PRIMITIVE LIKE MALAWI..

    MALAWIANS CANT AFFORD TELEVISIONS AND SO THEY LIVE NOT KNOWING WHAT IS GOING
    ON IN THE REST OF THE WORLD..

    THEY THINK PEOPLE IN THE REST OF THE WORLD LIVE LIKE THEY DO AS WILD ANIMALS!!.

    1. November Rain says:

      You may wish to know that you are more idiotic than number 4. In fact number 4 is not an idiot for making such observations. You talk about televisions as if the TV is a moral compass. You boast about much knowledge of the world around you, yet you doubt that in SA people kill each other more than we do. You defend the primitiveness of America but they believe others like blacks, are less human; thus, American police shoot blacks and esily get away with it. You call that civility? Your ignorance is astounding! Stop castigating others, and calling them idiotic and in the processs just ending up exposing your own idiocy.

  11. Peter says:

    WHAT A NASTY PLACE..

    THEY PREACH HATE FOR OTHER HUMAN BEINGS IN THE CHRISTIANCHURCHES…
    THE MUSLIMS CALL FOR DEATH FOR ALL HOMOSEXUALS IN THE COUNTRY
    SOME POLITICIANS CALL FOR DEATH TO HOMOSEXUALS AND DO NOT HAVE A COURT CASE TO ANSWER..
    THE CIVIL SERVICE WORKERS STEAL MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FROM THE CITIZENS OF THE COUNTRY (Cashgate) AND GET OFF EASY…
    THEY MISTREAT FOREIGN INVESTORS GRABBING THEIR LANDS WITH FALSE AND UNUSUAL CLAIMS..
    THEY FIST FIGHT EACH OTHER IN THE CHURCHES..
    THEY LIE, CHEAT AND ARE JEALOUS OF EACH OTHER..
    THEY KILL EACH OTHER FOR ANY SMALL MATTER..
    THEY DONT CARE ABOUT POLICE OR GOVT

    SUMMARY: A DANGEROUS FAILED STATE—– ATTN: FOREIGNER– STAY AWAY

  12. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    That is what happens when the GVT cannot protect it’s citizens. BUT l wonder why this so called UN thing did not speak out when black pipo has bean slaughtered by Police in USA. Wasn’t it mob justice? How do you classify mob justice? What about lsraelis to Palestinians? Are you speaking this because Malawi is an African nation and poor,and though the president can speak english but what he knows best is Yes boss?if they are caught red handed thats the punishment.That is why in the Arab world its minimal!

  13. Samuel Lwara says:

    Law enforcers are not yet here today in our democracy. They themselves kill and rob us in broad day light. Politicians use them to fight those of contrary views. UN also is to blame. You only talk but athe same time support failed governments. Bring sanctions and talk later.

  14. WILLARD MUBVUMBI says:

    A wrong can not be corrected by a wrong. Those who do it are uncivilised. Its so egregious. In African culture, there are avenging spirits. Avenging target those who murder fellow human beings. Signs of avenging spirits are, members of the family and clan can die every month or year or every two years. They can die even without getting sick.
    With these mob killings occuring daily, it means majority of Malawians are now tormented by AVENGING SPIRITS. A human being is not a chicken which can be anytime.
    The spirits of the dead never rest until they wipe all the generation.

  15. Killing criminals is the best thing to do. No rights for killers in Malawi.

    Think of FMB robbery: how many days did it take to free the suspects.

    Until our lawyers stop assisting criminals we will always escalate mob justice.

    Taking albinos from their houses is just too much.

    I love Peter for not arresting the revengers.

  16. John Phiri Kandisange says:

    I suppose this is wrong and very wrong, what if it is found later that the killed person was just a mistaken identity?
    Police be serious with these killers one example is a lady who was harassed and bitten in Karonga for an accusation of witches and the matter reported to Police and up to now no one has been arrested and yet the old lady is no longer living in her house, kodi to get old is now becoming a Sin in Malawi?
    Apolice fo you want until somebody is again killed then you start saying we are doing all we can CHANI?
    Please arrest the culprit immediately.

  17. Freck Malunga says:

    Our police officers are corrupt that’s the main cause of some of these killings.Let the government of Malawi pay the enough salaries to them.

  18. Mphatso says:

    We need to pay our Police a Salary that will take care of their basic needs. The problem is our police are earning less tha $50. In a normal case this can last them for 2 days. How do you expect them to finance the remaining 28 days Mr United Nations? When a thief dangles a few kwachas at our starving police, they gladly accept and become unprofessional. United Nations come fund programmes to counter poverty in Malawi rather talking nonsense. You have shunned this country yet you know it is the poorest in the world. Whose interests are you serving? These an excuse of a salary are not only perculier to our Police but in all spheres of our working community. This is why we have cash gate. People start stealing small amounts and the next thing we hear of Billions missing. UN you were so active during Bingu’s first term, you are now so quite and only pay lip service.

  19. Omex70 says:

    We have lost trust in our politically compromised police service.

  20. kamale says:

    Culprits and Victims: who is a culprit there between the thief and the ones administering mob justice.

    this should be a wake up call to those fight for different human right that some right just don’t exist!! you can’t be telling be about rights for people who are terrorizing others.

    you are technically calling for mob justice to increase!!!

  21. Ze Roberto says:

    The police and courst are blame . Just do a simple situation analysis of how the courts have mishandled criminals caught in the act of albino killings, armed robbery etc you will note the origin of public anger.

  22. DEMOCRAT says:

    This APM and his DPP government have their own terrorist who are taught and trained to drink human blood ,these are called “DOMOCRATS ” . The DOMOCRATS are trained in all these activities that’s why the mixing together with Muluzi with his UDF they are using democrats for Shaliya law , they would prefer to kill than taking criminals to court. What do people expect from Judges like Kenyatta Nyirenda , it’s all a fake judgement what you get from them. They now have a list of opposition parties members who they want to eliminate , that’s a big shame to APM and his DPP .

  23. Chigadula says:

    Are these not signs of a weak government. Why is it that suddenly and progressively everything in Malawi seems to be getting out of the government’s control. Why were these evil activities or let me say how did the previous regimes contain these barbaric acts. Let the DPP government answer to the UN concerns!!!

  24. lovemore katanda says:

    guyz mchititidwe olanga munthu tokhau uchepe plz.seek God’s grace

  25. Aubrey Thom Vakhani says:

    The act is a vote of no confidence to our men in uniform.

  26. lunzu says:

    Iwe tikondane! Tiye tipemphere anthu akuba abwele azakuphele mwana wako tione kuti upanga bwanji! Uziganizanso za Mbali inayi kuti anthu omwe akutelowa amva bwanji kuwawa kuona m’bale wawo wasowa ndi zigawenga zimenezi.

  27. The Analyst says:

    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O
    Let it be put on record that the UN is no longer as credible as we thought it was and anyone who listens to it, does great injustice to his/her ear. . .

    . . . When these thugs move aroung in their large numbers, carrying big stones breaking people’s houses and killing those who dare speak in protest; what does the UN say?
    . . . When albinos are being killed willy-nilly by these thugs and our courts continue to mete out comedy of sentences to those who are caught, what does the U.N say, if not nothing?
    . . . Is it a problem now that people have realised that no one but themselves can protect them; hence the killings?

    Only thieves and those with crooked minds and ulterior motives, can side with thieves in guise of human rights; and the UN is.
    ………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . People around the globe are being killed everyday and the UN is just watching, all because it is the powerful nations doing it. OR the UN thinks others are less human?

    The UN should be the last ones to speak about human rights coz they are hypocrites! And we dont need their voice or advice or concern.
    O………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….O

  28. Chimunthu says:

    ‘The law enforcers are doing all they can to prevent such killings’. No they are NOT! Do they bring the perpetrators to justice and make it publicly known? Are the trials and sentences publicised? What are they doing to protect albino people especially children? Sorry, but Malawi is becoming/has become a lawless country.

  29. chibalo says:

    UN should look at the cause of the problem. Mob justice can only go if the police are are professional.

  30. Louis says:

    fuck UNITED NATIONS we will continue to terminate the lifes of people who kill albino who rob and kill innocent people.

  31. BOKHO says:

    Very bad.

  32. therere says:

    that is the best way to eliminate these thugs,
    go to South Africa UK and America its worse than what is happening here,

  33. Tikondane says:

    Amalawi tisatero. Tonsefe nthawi yina tinachimwapo chabe kuti sanatigwire. Musadziweruze nokha; asiyeni makhoti and apolisi agwire ntchito yawo. Kuti muone, mupeza kuti anthu omwe amakonda kulanga olo kupha anzawo akalakwa, iwonso nde zigandanga zakuba, kupha nkuwononga.

  34. hadcore says:

    The problem is that our law enforcers connive with the thugs to destroy us. Havent u seen this in the past? If they apprehend them, they are given bail within 2 days and they come back to threaten even killing innocent lives. We are doing this because police have failed us.

  35. koma kumaneko says:

    Thats what happens when citizens have lost trust in police service.

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