Three suspected thieves burned alive – Malawi Police

Malawi Police in Salima on Tuesday confirmed that three unknown suspected thieves have been torched to ashes after being caught  stealing goats in the area of T/A Mwanza in the central region lakeshore district.

Suspected thieves  burned alive

Suspected thieves burned alive

Police Spokesman Sergeant Gift Chitowe told Nyasa Times that the suspects on June 14, 2015, drove in the area with intention to steal while using Suzuki Swift Registration number BR 4738.

Chitowe said the suspects managed to slaughter 12 goats.

“When they were packing the goats the public descended on them and started beating them,. Later torched them down,” daid Chitowe.

Chitowe said their vehicle was damaged.

Frustrated with a spate of armed robberies and deep flaws in Malawi’s criminal justice system, vigilantes have decided to punish suspected criminals on their own volition.

Malawi has seen an increase in some types of crime in recent years.

Mike Nazombe, a social scientist at the University of Malawi, is on record saying Malawians may be resorting to mob justice because they mistrust the ability of the country’s law enforcement agencies to deal with criminals.

He said the prevailing mentality is, “let’s take the law into our hands, because those people who were empowered to do it are not able to do it”.

But national police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo said that this does not give citizens the right to interfere with the justice system.

Manjolo said mob justice is giving the police problems, because “mob justice destroys evidence and results in investigation deficiencies”.

The best way to prevent vigilante justice, Nazombe said, is for the state to improve law enforcement.

“Once people gain more trust in their law enforcement agencies like the police and the courts, they are less likely to undermine them with their own actions”.

In a country with just one lawyer for every 37,000 Malawians, the backlog of cases, coupled with funding constraints, means many criminals wait on bail for months or even years for their cases to be heard before a judge.

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107 thoughts on “Three suspected thieves burned alive – Malawi Police”

  1. mbakwazulu says:

    Ndiye njira yokhayo yothanilana ndi Mbava, akagwidwa Kumangoyatsa Moto basi. Apolice ndiyeso akupanga umbava zedi pa Malawi pano.

  2. apa ndiye ziri bho! munthu wina wavutika kuti apedze kangachepe basi wina ngwangubwera nkusomphola yayi dere apapa ndikuti congrats ma guy nonse munatengapo mbali potentha vimbavavo! nawe rhoda manjolo; anzako akuphedwa general public yati ithandize ukuti yayi next adzadiwitsa iweyono! ife mafumu athu anatiudza kale once mwakola mnkhungu komani waka kuluta nayo ku polisi cha chifukwa tikuvwirika cha andiso ena mwa mbavazo ndi apolisi amene. tithana nanu mpakana muzasiye

  3. Zangaphee says:

    Woyenda nd lupanga……………….aaiwee! ee! Waziona lero.

  4. Peter bello says:

    Zilibo pamalawi?tizingophana

  5. Brino says:

    Jesus said to the people IF anyone of you have not sinned go ahead and stone this woman.

  6. makwinjaishmael says:

    Mwawapumuzako apolice,nao ndi anthu amalema.Ngozi panseu apolise,anthu akhapana uku ndiuko -apolise!!. Amatopa ka. Thanx ana agogo chalo Mwanza for job well done.Kalonga, kuluunda komanso ma T/A ena, mwaona chitsanzo chabwino, osamachedwa nazo izi-so long umboni okwanila ulipo.
    Congrants.

  7. markc says:

    nde’bwino kwatero chifukwa aeniake aziwetozo akanapusa akanaphedwa!

  8. kanyoni ka nja says:

    usiseme wezi, sema nyama choma !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. THIS IS NOT ENOUGH. TIZIPHA AT LEAST MBAVA 10 EVERYDAY. BY CHRISTMAS TIME WE WILL BE CRIME FREE.

  10. Diana Mandala says:

    ZOFUNA

  11. This is it says:

    Kukanakhala kumpoto bwenzi mukumnva atumbuka. Alomwe ndi mbuli zomvetsa chisoni kwambiri

  12. ochewa says:

    Uvula moni ulanga katumbu. Indeed ashes to ashes.

  13. Gwenembe says:

    Ntchito za manja awo zidayikira umboni.

  14. mangochi kabwafu says:

    Koma achewa/chawa, ayi ndithu.

  15. OWERUZA says:

    WAKUBA OSAMVERA CHISONI BCOZ IYE ALIBE CHISONI

  16. Chiye Nang'omba says:

    usabe Mulungu akutero!

  17. Stanley says:

    Ashes to ashes

  18. Gona nkulawe says:

    Mob justice imaononga umboni ngati mmene ikuchitira shoot to kill yanunso………

  19. Chabwino says:

    Sanalakwise kuwaotcha congrats guyz

  20. Khawaz man says:

    Awotchedwe bas

  21. chiipiraachaje says:

    Koma enawo ndiye anali aatalitu…american height. Nanga mwendo kutalika choncho?

  22. nazimbiri says:

    iwe number 73,watondiwaza chenene.anthu ena amatoonjeza,siku lina tizatokuwa,abwana akazatobweretsa zikheba kuti wakuba kunooooooooooo! isaa ulemu ndiofunika.mwina mumatobanso abwana.
    ka galimoto amatoyimitsa kwa a neighbour,ife tizikhalira kufunsidwa mafunso ndi ma neighbour kuti abwana akanangobwelerana ndi mbava ija,kusiyana ndikuti anthu azayese wakuba chifukwa cha mahule.achibale mulipo abaleeeeeeeee!

  23. Aferazao says:

    Burn them all to ashes one by one.

  24. Ichocho says:

    Magalimoto a Police akuzionela

  25. phodogoma. says:

    Apa ndiye chanache waluzapo coffin basi, nanga anyamata alowoma m’ma coffin. Jehena kuiyambiratu padziko lapansi lomwelino.

  26. Says the truth to shame Devil says:

    Fumu Chiuta, Muwagowokere chifukwa wakamanyanga yayi ivyo wakachitanga kweniso wakamanyanga yayi kuti wangafwa pa nyengo iyo.

  27. Joe Nkhata says:

    Aliyense adzafa ndi ntchito zake

  28. Omex70 says:

    Go on Malawians. If we a thief is caught this should be the way. We should assist our police and courts by passing judgement to the thief on the same day they are caught. Burn them alive. This exercise will reduce a number of these animals.

  29. apundi says says:

    abale siyani kuba ndagwira mwendo, moyo ndi mphatso ya mtengo wapatali. Mulungu amadalitsa ntchito ya manja ako yomwe umakhetsera thukuta wekha osati kuba. may Godforbid on this.

  30. golden eye says:

    Mk3,000,000 for the car exchanged with 3 deaths, and loss of property. How much has been lost. 12 goats =3millon + 3 Cpffins. SHAME ON THIEVES, DO OPPORTUNITY COST FIRST.
    Umasiye kwa ana osaziwa ntchito za makolo awo.

  31. Ismael mdala says:

    Wotchan mbava!!!!

  32. nyavizwazwa says:

    Madam Manjolo, In the contest of concealing the information, that is truee but, when you torch a batch of thieves, it takes time for the remainig to come again, because of fear. Now if it were goats or chicken that means they will grow for market but leaving them free is dangerous to the nation. Let them be torched. Would you be happy if they were shot by Police?

    Photo ya uchimo ndi imfa = so let hem die.

  33. KAMBUZUMA says:

    Aliyese adzapita ndi ntchito yake awontchedwe basi ku police masikuano kulibe chilango chonkhwima akapita kumeneko mmawa muwawona akuyenda panseo chilango chake ndi ku ontcha basi

  34. stern dumbam says:

    u mean burning solution can it only b the major factor of stealing activities ? If yes , pliz burn them !

  35. Akalupilipilimubobo from Zambia says:

    Most of these thieves giving us pressure in our locations are driven by Police men. You would not wonder nkhani yiliyonse ya akuba, ngati alipo atatu, awiri ndi apolisi kkkkkkkkkkkk
    Enanu mukumapezeka muli ku zibwenzi chenjerani akadzangokuwaaaa kuti mayooooo, mudzi onse udzaganiza ngati wakuba,,,,, ndiye akadzakuotcha kaya

  36. Mlakho says:

    Job well done.Amene sanabeledyepo ndi amene akukana mob justice.Ziwotcheni!!

  37. ,MYEGHA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, says:

    Aocheni. Apolice amatengelapo mwaye wandalama.

  38. EDSON JOWELO says:

    IZI ZIZICHITIKA CHIFUKWA CHAZIPHUPHU ZIMENE A POLICE AMACHITA NDIYE KWA BWINO KULANGA TOKHA BASI MUNTHU KAKADANDAULLA KU POLICE KUMAKHALA ZODABWITSA KWAMBITI KUTI ODANDAULANSO AMUDYERA ATI POCHILINGA CHOTI AMUNTHANDIZE MSANGA KENAKA AMUDYERENSO WINA OLAKWAYO BASI AKETRO KUTAYA NDIYE IFE MUMATITITANI BASI YAKHO LAKE NDILIMENELO BASI KU OKOZERATU . TIWASIYA AKUBAWO ., KOMA MUKASIYI INU APOLICE CHITIDWE OPUSA IFENSO TIYA NANGA ADYERA MUNTHU OTI WALUZA KALE WA BEREDWA .MUMAPHUNZITSANA ZIMENEZO KU PTCKO

  39. jonh bande says:

    the only problem is our security force are not pocketing tagible salary but we espect to work 24/7 gvt should improve standard of police …and work efficiently coz most of the thievs they work hand in hand with the police

  40. zanga phee says:

    Palibe nkhani apa, payere payere Fisi anadya mkazi wakw njala itavuta.
    anthu amenewa aziwotchedwa akagwidwa , chifukwa nawonso amayendera zinthu ziwiri, kuba ndi kupha,zimawawa chifukwa padakali pano anthuwa akagwidwa amapezeka kuti atuluka kumanyada mtauni pamene iwe katundu wako wobedwayo sabwezedwa,
    komanso mma Prison mofunika kuunikamo kwalowa chinyengo chofuna kumatulutsa ma prisoners oti agamulidwa kale ndipo akuseva zaka zawo popasidwa ndalama,

  41. DUMISANI CHIMPHANJE says:

    these burnt thieves are lucky bcoz police came faster to collect their bodies otherwise dogs , crows etc would have feasted on them. Beatitudes: LUCKY ARE THOSE that die in the line of duty.

  42. bob says:

    The shortage of lawyers can not be excused because the University of Malawi has over the years deliberately not expanded the number of students in the Law Department. It is also part of a conspiracy by existing lawyers and their fraternity to ensure that the country is not flooded with lawyers so that the few can still maintain a monopoly on legal matters and charge excessively. The lawyers do not want to see the decline of the ‘significance’ of their profession as what happened with accountants

  43. Salima says:

    Honestly speaking only a few policemen knows their work, the rest are madeya hence mob justice is the only way to protect oneself . Well done salima . Zoona ndithu titeteze mbava chifukwa cha maufulu ? Nanga ufulu wa obeledwa ndimaona kuti ndiumene wamphanyidwa kwambiri osakozekela? Photho ya uchimo ndi imfa. Wachibwana adziphetsa yekha period

  44. Zanga Phee! says:

    Good community good corporation keep up slowly slowly we will win then they are handful people.See my name

  45. Howard Kachipanda says:

    Kodi o mai Manjolo mukati mob justice njoipa izisokoneza evidence, ndiye kuti mutiuza kuti adachita a police pa Kanengo Puma zija adalakwansotu eti nanga sindiye kuti adasokoneza evidence. Tatipangeni explain kuti mwina akabwera mmanyumbamu tiziwaphera nkhuku asanatibere

  46. Kwatha says:

    Ambuye atikhululukile. Where is this govt sending Malawi to. Should we be saying Kamuzu was much better on protecting Malawians? Timati nyakula ndi nkhaza koma izi ndi zinanso. My Malawi!!

  47. frank kaponda says:

    Why plc kill pple its means that now its over too much robbery?

  48. Uta wa leza says:

    Well done to those that burned the thieves. The police should subsidise their operatins not arrest them. Even god is on their side.

  49. wotchani says:

    adziwotchedwa guyz
    mukawapeza,wi r tired of injustice in Mw…

  50. Ambele Chile says:

    Its the same as shoot to kill, umboni wanjinso akufuna oposa mbuzi amapakirazo? Amene wagwidwa aotchedwe kumene kuti ena adziwe kuti anthu tatopa nawo basi.

  51. wotchani says:

    akagwidwa awotchedwe kapena kuwaphinya mutu basi,a police ndima court zikafika bail ali useless.bravo salima pple !!!!

  52. Chiswa Buya says:

    Okuba mbuzi akuwotchedwa and yet cashgaters are still roaming the streets of Malawi freely. Shaaa escom inapsya kuli ziii

  53. Hardson Chamba says:

    Lets seek for Gods interversion .

  54. hm lwesha says:

    amene anaberedwapo akudziwa as to how painful it is. akagwidwa muotcheni basi. these people they come for everything. police not helping matters. awotchedwe basi.

  55. Fred Muheru says:

    Anthu akuyendela galimoto yabwino just imagine BR 4738 going in the village to rob poor pple. Lack of love a Malawi. Photo ya uchimo ndi imfa.

  56. Malawian says:

    If only our law didn’t / stopped manifesting human features then these cases would be no more. Our law z being controlled by ppo’s desires & money!!
    these thieves have money & they know that once they r caught, they can bail themselves nkuyamba kuyendanso majestically m’madera omwe anabawo.

    anthu zimawanyasa! nde kuotchana sikungathe

  57. Okhuzidwa says:

    akapezeka aotchedwee basi

  58. Damage says:

    Dats de only way we can assist the police to reduce crime rate. Go on Malawians until thieves get it dat malawi wanunkha, its oart community policing. Well done

  59. vaanwyk says:

    Rhoda manjolo is totaly lying. how can she say mob justice destroys evidence? ls this practice not the same as “shoot to kill”? chikakhala kwamzako nkumat destroys evidence! kkk

  60. mphini za mutchafu says:

    The deserve it may their souls rest in etenal peace

  61. ruth warren says:

    am waiting for a day imene wa police adzagwidwe akuba tizamuotche. pala nawe pala nawe pala nawe hey you tiye tikakuotche….kalinyo!!!!!!!

  62. Newblood says:

    Burn to kill VS Shoot to kill Malawi motooo!!

  63. sir bentby says:

    qualan qualan nde chani zoba iwe, inu mukupha anthu daily ku dzina la chipembezo ndevmuzitisokosa apa,,,, bryee imeneyo muipitise mu shire or dwangwa liver. xrismass ya ang’ona

  64. Gwede says:

    Mukawagwila aotcheni. Mukawaotcha awadyeni. Azazolowela

  65. Cucumbar says:

    Good for that bcoz they will nt come to steal again

  66. mfumusinyasa says:

    1000 ways to die

  67. Sham malawian this is very bad mulungu ana lumbira mu qur an osamuwotcha munthu wamoyo ndi haram ? Sham?

  68. Patriot says:

    Evidence kikikiki
    What evidence? Are 12 slaughtered goats not enough evidence for you?
    We have no police in our various locations during nights.
    Akapezeka we willtorch them.

  69. Yahudah says:

    Exodus 23:7
    Keep yourself far from a false matter and do not kill the innocent and the righteous for I do not declare the wrong right.

    Exodus 23:2
    Do not follow a crowd to do evil. Or bear witness in strife. To turn aside after many to turn aside what is right.

    Exodus 22:1-2
    When a man steals an ox or sheep and he kills it or sell it. He repays five cattle for a cattle and four sheep for sheep. If the theft is indeed found alive in his hands he repay double.

    Exodus 20:12
    You do not murder.

    These people are some cold blooded murder and each and every one will pay for their sin. Woe to you hypocrites thief, adulterers, liars, slanderers, whores, idolators sinners killing another sinner and you yourself deserve the judgement of death. Woe to the entire corrupt hanpick house slaves the malawi government judgement is comming the sword shall be executed in that land all tree YAH the creator have not plant must be uprooted and burn (matthew 13:14)

  70. che guevara says:

    Now u tend to agree with Peter Muthalika, a university lecturer all over the news with obvious conclusions.

  71. Benard riviel says:

    Eish, kip it up!

  72. Alungwana says:

    Rhod Manjolo! I think you MUST close your mouth on evidence destruction, how many people have you killed just these few days gone by? If police did it, why cant civillians ‘did’ it? Courts should be closed down.

  73. Malawi where are we going now?

  74. Ahaz says:

    Mwachita bwino zedi ,evidence ya chaniso apa.

  75. Ukhondo says:

    apolice muzikhala ndi zimapepala za plastic zonyamuliramo anthu oterewa, nanga momwe mwanyamuliramu mukakatsitsa kanyenyayu wina akakwerenso galimotoyo ndi kukhalanso pomwe munanyamulira mitemboyo.

  76. yooo says:

    What is difference between mob justice and shoot to kill at a cross range koma mukwakonda a Malawi

  77. THE WISE ONE says:

    A Manjolo mzeru mulibe…Mob Justice and Shooting Suspects is just the same. The suspects die and evidence is destroyed. You failed to catch the people you thought were about to rob kanengo BP Filling station by Firing first before they even got off the vehicle. What if they were nit robbers? What if one of them was just a friend they gave a rift to Kanengo? So Hule Manjolo lets agree…Mob Justice or shoot to kill? Or catch the thief?

  78. MBACHI says:

    GENTLEMEN AND LADIES LETS BURN MORE OF THEM. DONOT LISTEN TO POLICE, THEY ARE ALSO THIEVES. PLEASE DO NOT REPORT THIEVES TO POLICE JUST BURN THEM. ON THEIR PART THEY SHOULD BE SHOOTING THEM. AFTER A YEAR,THERE WILL BE NO MORE THIEVES. LETS JOIN HANDS BURNING THEM.

  79. Immaculate says:

    Where there’s evidence or redhanded don’t dare to wait for police kungopanga kanyenya baxi otherwise too much corruption ndi apolice.

  80. Chechule Phiri says:

    Pepani a Mababungwe chifukwa chopitiliza kuluza anyamata anu othamangathamanga. Atsalawo apezeleni Zochita zina chifukwa atha ndithu. KiKIKI.

  81. wachilungamo says:

    awachita bwino agalu awa

  82. chiipanthenga says:

    tonse tili paulendo koma asiyana manyamukidwe ndinchito zake.ok enanu mupitilizabe kuba?uziyakhe pawekha.

  83. my right to speak! says:

    Sad.

  84. Jojo says:

    Suzuki Swift?? 12 goats ??? 3 passengers ?
    Is the number of goats correct? If yes then no wonder the vigilantes could not relent from administering illegal justice.
    What a way to die.

  85. chatonda says:

    Where is Malawi going now? What has gone wrong especially this month?
    Police should take these thefts as a wake up call for the worst to come when hunger hits hard very soon.

  86. eddie says:

    that’s good and i recommend it, because the police do not punish criminals severely….. nde ndi its good kulangilathu tokha…… remaining the cash gate masters to be burnt also. ndalama zija apeleka basi..

  87. Wakwa Ngolowindo says:

    Human charcoal.Mitengo yatha pa Malawi.People have resorted to burn their fellow human beings arrive.Shame indeed.Poverty at its highest level in Malawi.

  88. ToyB wakungodzi James says:

    mubwere kuno kungodzi mudzaontche tseketsani akujaila bad.if the police is following the raw of shoot to kill then magaye abanyamulenge will follow catch to burn

  89. nganga says:

    Awachita bwino

  90. Bandawe says:

    What evidence? Our police does not have the slightest capability/ resources to gather evidence. The public has completely lost trust in the police especially when the police is not clean.

  91. chris says:

    akolola zomwe amadzakla amenewo

  92. ***** Ugalu Bwako says:

    Muyisova! Azibale awo alikwani agule ma coffin.

    Maliro nga ndiwo awa.

  93. Vincent makwale says:

    Plz mob justice is not good. We have the police and courts whose main duty is to see that justice is done

  94. yakuona Jusabu says:

    Excellent Work. The strategy is to wipe out 50% of all thieves by 2017 (medium term) and 90% by 2019 ( Long term). We will be roasting some in our communities while police keep on the good work of shooting them on sight.

  95. Mphaka says:

    Winawenso uzinvere muntolo.. Ukagwidwanso tikuwocha..

  96. ntopwito says:

    aliyense azalandila mphoto ya ntchito yake

  97. Kadakwiza says:

    Such happen only in countries where there are no jobs and no opportunities like our Malawi. Our leaders are still sleeping, may be when they wake up they will do something.

  98. duma wa duma says:

    Oh God<< where is this country going ? Always drama after dramer where's churches on this ? At least young pioneer was way better than these called police.

  99. chikhakha says:

    Mwawachita bwino menemo ndimene tizichira

  100. Atcheya says:

    Police are the ones promoting mob justice, so shouldn’t be crying wolf. When you shoot dead unarmed criminals, or even armed ones, what do you call that?

  101. Eya..Ndiye bwino inenso mbuzi zanga akhala akundibera tsono pamenepo zili bwino zedi, kumeneko kwa a Mwanza, akachitenso zomwezo kwathu kwa a Pemba… Akunya onse atsinzinamtole awona polekera…BRAVO

  102. tantho says:

    mob justice destroys evidence? what is the difference between torching a thief and shooting a thief? same difference. so you police should continue shooting and we will continue what we know best, torching

  103. ManVince says:

    EIsh koma pple please

  104. zuma says:

    koma ndiye braii2,size ya boh.titethe zimenezi pano ndiye kuti akwana 10 in three days

  105. ruth warren says:

    Thats wat we need cant pple around kameza hunt down criminals that got loose and burn them alive pliz

  106. Mbanangwa says:

    What a way to die! Shame!

  107. NYASA TIMES REPOTER says:

    nanga aja akumanyamula mahule usiku mukawapeza muzitani nawo?chifukwa nawonso ndi mbava.

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