A group of sawyers from Tanzania, popularly known as Swahili, on Monday afternoon poured petrol and torched 25 year-old Malawian Ken Banda at Mazamba Forest in Mzimba District following a quarrel over cooked beans, according The Nation newspaper report.
Banda is battling for his life at Mzuzu Central hospital (MCH).
Mzuzu Police Station deputy spokesperson Patrick Saulosi said police have arrested the suspects, namely Geoffrey Fumuku (25) and Joshua Charles (30) and two teenagers (who cannot be named for legal reasons), all from Tanzania. Police said the fifth suspect is at large.
Saulosi said the Tanzanians have been charged with “acts intended to cause grievous harm” contrary to Section 235 of the Penal Code which attracts a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.
The victim told the daily paper from his hospital bed that he had no relish to take his nsima with; hence, decided to ask for some cooked beans from the Tanzanians.
Banda, who was employed as a sawyer by Chawezi Manda, and the suspects work for different entities at the forest in Mzimba and separately prepare their meals known as m’memo
He said after the Tanzanians had prepared their lunch, Banda allegedly took away their beans without permission, which angered them
<Banda comes from Mashunga Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mzukuzuku in Mzimba.