‘We’re Boko Haram’ – Malawi unruly youth attacks pupils

Groups of unruly boys have emerged in Malawi central district of Mchinji bordering with Zambia calling themselves Boko Haram, are beating and robbing pupils in primary schools in the district.

Gang of hooded youth

Gang of hooded youth

Boko Haram in an infamous Nigeria’s militant Islamist group which has caused havoc in Africa’s most populous country through a wave of bombings, assassinations and abductions.

The Malawi gangs which consist of school going teenage boys and drop outs meet in Mchinji Forest Reserve where they engage in illicit acts such as smoking marijuana, drink alcohol and train themselves as fighters, according to official news agency Mana report.

The team leaders with the help of the pupils who are members of the gangs then go to schools among them Kamuzu Primary and Bua Primary Schools where they steal porridge meant for school children during break time or sometimes enter classes and disturb pupils.

Assistant Headteacher of Kamuzu LEA School Regina Chamdimba said during the school’s second term, the gangs beat up pupils who were taking porridge provided by Mary Meals and threatened guardians who were cooking the porridge.

“There was an incident where a 13 year pupil who is a member of  thegang beat up a fellow pupil and he had to be taken to hospital, the gangs also dragged pupils especially from lower classes to the forest where they would beat them up for failing to cooperate with their demands.

Chamdimba also said the gangs broke windows and threatened teachers that they would face their wrath for reasons best known to them.

“They painted graffiti on the walls of classrooms insulting teachers and other unprintable words threatening the school authorities,” She said.

The Assistant head teacher said due to the threats, Kamuzu school authorities decided to close the school earlier on Thursday 26th March 2015 than on the closing Day 27th March to protect the pupils.

Bua Primary School has also recorded similar incidents of the gangs terrorising pupils, Head teacher of the school Atanazio Mchacha Banda said the teenagersgo to the school during break time and grab porridge from unsuspecting pupils at the school.

“Sometimes when the pupils are learning these teenagers throw stones on roof tops of the classrooms and shout insults to teachers and pupils disturbing classes in the process,” he added.

Unlike Kamuzu School, Mchacha Banda says the problem started when the school suspended 10 pupils for indiscipline and in revenge, the suspended pupils connived with members of the gangs to cause trouble at the school.

“They painted graffiti on the walls of the school insulting teachers threatening to deal with them, they also attacked other pupils and told them to leave school and join them,” He said.

The headteacher said the school met the parents -teachers association and the school committee to solve the issue but the gangs kept on terrorising the school until they decided to involve the police, the social welfare office and the education office in Mchinji district.

Mchinji Police Officer In-charge Maximas  Bakali said : “We are taking this issue seriously since it involves human lives, we have reports that some children were injured by members of these gangs, we are investigating the issue and as Police we are assuring people in the district that the Police will do everything possible to ensure the schools are safe.”

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105 thoughts on “‘We’re Boko Haram’ – Malawi unruly youth attacks pupils”

  1. Kenneth says:

    Koma gyz mavuto alpo pamka boko haram Malawi muno?

  2. tuntyufe says:

    vuto ndi media yathu kutchukitsa zopanda pake

  3. Useless, what does police need to investigate here?????? This is a straight forward issue just go & make arrests, period.

  4. amnzeru a kummawa says:

    zitsiru za ana.

  5. Ambewe says:

    Políce must realy punish dem coz if w can let dis 2 continue t’ll bear a harsh result

  6. Aggrey says:

    Ana amenewo ofunika kuwalanga kwambiri

  7. Vin kamchira says:

    Eish but some children….

  8. prince says:

    Kill them

  9. Tina says:

    Umbuli basi nde mpaka kumalanda phala ngati ili njala osangopempha bwanji.Mxiiiiiih

  10. vendor says:

    If police is not bold enough let MDF do the job

  11. tiyamike says:

    Our police will remain foolish like this. Mukumachita kunena molimba mtima kuti we looking into the mata! 4 hw long wll u kp on investigating? Look, takutoperani sopano ndi kale lija munayamba kutionjeza. We r not fools and we wiil neva be, so kukamba mosakuopani, let us hear another issu mawa. Mwafufuza mokwana

  12. chesomba says:

    Koma mchinji …how safe are my relatives crying for my malawi

  13. Peter Gwedeza says:

    mmmmmmmm kaya

  14. sadi mussah says:

    This is not true

  15. Nyakanyasko says:

    Amalawi tisalore masewera amenewa. We trust our police that they will do all possible to eliminate this nonsense from the face of Malawi.

  16. reporter says:

    Bwana Antobwito from Mchinji why not furnish the reporter with more details if u have? nanga zoti fon yanu inabedwa munapanga report ku police

  17. Adzalanga says:

    Send them to South Africa they should join their fellow savages tiwone ngati angalimbe ana amachende ambuziwa

  18. kada says:

    Mbava izi

  19. MELINDA says:

    mwaonatu makolo, ana aja tikumalelera pachinena zomwe amapanga akayamba kutulutsa besi.watch out kumeneko ndi kwathu tikusakani,tikupezani

  20. PHEREDZENGE says:

    MUBVI OYANGANIRA UMALOWA MMASO.ACHITETEZO GWIRANI MBALA ZIMENEZI .

  21. Antobwito says:

    Being a resident of the affected areal district, I feel very bad and really its pathetic! We are even failing to drink little one by one beer after knocking off from our respective jobs as these gangs were even snatching our smart phones and moneys by threatening! Let me put it to light by explaining in our vernacular language: Ah, ah ndi uyutu munthu uja anandibera foni yangayi komanso ndalama zanga zija abweze pompano!!!!!!!!!!! That is when they meet and see you (may be making or answering to a call using the smart phone). They trouble you the way they want until they confiscate away your moneys and phones! My appeal to Mai Munthali (the writer of this article) is that report by writing deeply and truely what is on the ground other than shallowing and narrowing the factual picture of the matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! otherwise thumbs up to the Police for doing with them>SHOOT TO KILL SHOULD APPLY EVEN TO THESE OR WOULD BE GANGSTERS!!!!!!!!! The name BOKO HARAM or al SHABAAB or Harmus are worst name to hear or entartain bearing their consequences they are posing to human race in the world!!!!!

  22. Antobwito says:

    Bing a rsident of the affected areal district, I feel the bad and really its pathetic! We are even failing to drink little one by one beer after knocking off from our respective jobs as these gangs were even snatching our smart phones and moneys by threatening! Let me put it to light by explaining in our vernacular language: Ah, ah ndi uyutu munthu uja anandibera foni yangayi komanso ndalama zanga zija abweze pompano!!!!!!!!!!! That is when they meet and see you (may be making or answering to a call using the smart phone). They trouble you the way they want until they confiscate away your moneys and phones! My appeal to Mai Munthali (the writer of this article) is that report by writing deeply and truely what is on the ground other than shallowing and narrowing the factual picture of the matter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! otherwise thumbs up to the Police for doing with them>SHOOT TO KILL SHOULD APPLY EVEN TO THESE OR WOULD BE GANGSTERS!!!!!!!!! The name BOKO HARAM or al SHABAAB or Harmus are worst name to hear or entartain bearing their consequences they are posing to human race in the world!!!!!

  23. Ambuje says:

    Apolice Mutipane kaye tiwanato tisanalowe mu court mdala wogulitsa njereyo apanidwenso katundu kkkkk

  24. musopa says:

    Misala

  25. Black ponda says:

    KEEP IT UP BOYS,Thats wat these so called our readers wants us to be,It is my sincererly hope that even the grown ups can emulate this!!!!

  26. Khongoni Boy says:

    Ndiye Mwati Akumalembaso Mmakoma Ok Atengera Peter Mnthalika

  27. Ntcheu Boy says:

    Catch them and remand all to Mpemba reformitally Center

  28. Ophiri says:

    What this report has failed to say is that one of the gang members is a Son of a Police Officer at Mchinji Boma hence some delay tactics by the Police in resolving the matter. The correct name for the gangs is “GAZA”

  29. jah City says:

    He Joza….speak like munthu wankulu….you want Malawi to start experiencing those Boko Haram foolish behaviours……….government react on these foolish behaviours….not to be entertained

  30. MELINDA says:

    sukulu ikavuta,zotsatira zake ndi zimenezo.umafuna kukolora pomwe sunadzale.Apolice komanso a infomation, tithandizane kupeza chomwe chayambitsa.

    chonde apolice musadikire wina kuphedwa

  31. Z Z Junior says:

    Now you see why that dude shot his sons

  32. shaa says:

    SHUT TO KILL KKKKKKKKKKKKKKK

  33. White says:

    Bambo Anafikapoto Ndi ana Awo Munakakhala Inu Munakatani.

  34. It starts little by little then last real boko haram emerge in the area

  35. GEZZA says:

    Teach them a lessorn!

  36. assima andy says:

    Tulusani prison boss uja akaapange zoopysa anawo

  37. Francis SD Phiri says:

    They have to pay for it

  38. Francis SD Phiri says:

    They have to face the law

  39. HE JOZA says:

    MUTULUTSENI MDALA UJA ANAWOMBERA WANA WAKE UJA

    WANAWA MBOVUTA

  40. kapeya says:

    The law must take its course.

  41. Ana amuna amenewo nde yake

  42. Wina alila says says:

    Kill them all

  43. Njolinjo says:

    Feed them to crocodiles in Shire river.

  44. Vyanje says:

    Arrest and rehabilitate these would be criminals.

  45. Malawianmom says:

    Police, please make sure no hood on Malawi road(streets)

  46. north says:

    They dont know what they are doing.

  47. passwell says:

    apa anena kale kuti anawo anawachotsa xool koma pa chikwa chanji? and akunenanso kuti mwina anawo ananyasidwa kamba kochotsedwa xoo ndiye mwina akubweza.awa ndiana chabe osuta chamba chikawapengetsa akumakhwala ndinjala ndichifukwa akumakavuta m’masukuluwo.Atala nkhani lembani nkhani mutafufuza bwino bwino asangolemba nkhani zakunkhosi kwanu.pa thawi ya bin-laden anthu osuta chamba akayamba kuvutitsa anthu amadzintcha okha ma bin-laden,ena idi-amin ndimayina chabe amenewo ongodzipatsa.osawapatsa mantha anthu m’dziko osampatsa mpata satana

  48. Peter Watsopano says:

    My appeal to you law enforcers, do not let these stupid boys to keep on threatening people. Just shoot to kil them. Malawi ndi dziko la mtendere asatisokoneze amenewa ayi.

  49. Nkalapwaga says:

    Just Boko Haram them

  50. no mercy just shoot them, they r destabing our children to thr future.

  51. We need more professional youth workers like those being at LUANAR-Bunda campus to help young people realize their ability from tender age.

  52. Gonamkulawe says:

    Teach Them Accordingly

  53. geo says:

    Why should we need to uphold the so called human rights in favor of these tyrants, who immerse their dirty hands in innocent blood?

  54. kadamanja says:

    SHOOT THEM, WE DONT CARE FOR SUCH KIDS.

  55. Kulibe kantu says:

    Police just move in quickly and break up these boys. Arrest them and send them to prison.
    We do not want such groups in Malawi.

  56. mbava says:

    Kukopela za ziiii

  57. Matambanazo says:

    mabungwe musalowelele musateteze nyasi izi >ayidziwe Bangwe ana amenewo

  58. Deal with them immediately before they do more harm.

  59. billy says:

    If a whole president can write graffiti on government building what do you think the vagabonds would consider such an act?

  60. Shawa says:

    No wonder,zolemba mmakhoma anayamba ndi president nde ana mukuti awamange.

  61. Wakwithu says:

    just use live bullets as instructed by the I.G. mmalo moti tiziganiza za zenofobia yomwe yayambanso ku joni tizikavutika ndi tiana tachabechabe…zoona mwana wa 13yrz azisowetsa mtendere..nanga akadzafika 20? mbeu imeneyi tisayisunge

  62. pamsundu says:

    Prune them before they grow wings

  63. Richard Banda says:

    These are useless guyz pliz the police their shouldn’t seeing at them

  64. kennedy nali says:

    Here we go now, the police in our country are indeed week and rubish. Was there in reason to hestate? Shit to the ministry of police, shoot and kill for our sake.

  65. A polisi mukutani. why dnt u take an action before the condition worsen. mukulephera ntchitotu apa. tiana ngati iti sitofuna kutisekerera kill the all

  66. Key says:

    apart from police what does the community do? They can’t mobilize themselves and finish that group? And those gangs are coming from their own homes very easy to deal with them.

  67. ujeni says:

    It starts like this, like a joke, misguided boys, a small spark. Then local Moslems highjack the attention then foreign operatives pump in money, then a person is killed, then another one another day, then more people get involved them many get killed then anarch and lawlessness takes over then genocide equal civil war. Nit it in the bud. Prevention is better than cure, ask Goodluck Johnathan

  68. Its better angowapha bas anawo….coz this may continue npaka kufika pena
    ndibwino kuwaonetsa kut Malawi police is alive….mpaka kucjita kupanga engange Boma pompa…..
    Tingowapha mafana odelera moveyo

  69. Concerned citizen says:

    zankutu iphani amenewo

  70. Mad Professor says:

    Are the unruly youths dressed up in hoods as the caption seems to suggest?

  71. GADAFI says:

    KILL THEM ALL. DEPLOY MDF TO DEAL WITH THEM. STUPID

  72. Hastings Chikwenya says:

    Keep on smiling if they are smiling but one thing know its too late if they ain’t smiling.

  73. Police in Mchinji just have to slaughter them bas….kuwamanga aphwekesa moive homa kungomlaiza coz if this has started it may still continue nde bas kuzavuta…..aonetsen bas

  74. makarios makarios says:

    Nanga Apolisi Nthawi Yonseyi Mumatani Wina Afe Kaye Ndiye Muziti The Situation Is Under Control,kodi Police Yathu Muzatheka Liti?

  75. Kavivira says:

    Anthu otere asapezeke mdziko muno. A police use “shoot to kill policy” immediately. Aphedwe amenewo. Tikulera mtundu wanji? Makolo awonso nzitsiru amawadziwa ana awo koma sangawaneneze kupolisi, why?

  76. Zanga Phee! says:

    This is ridiculous don’t Entertain this.See my name.

  77. opportunist says:

    Makape ana amenewa

  78. Nkhedu says:

    Tangomikisani cement ndikuwathira kumatakoko.Mix yake ikhale chonchi~1 wheelbarow ya dambo sand +2 bags of cement

  79. Gwira Bango Madzi Angakutenge says:

    Mwaonatu graffiti timayidandaula dzana ija, pano wana ayamba kuvutitsa. President of a nation has to be exemplary. Osati kumangochita zilizonse zomwe zadza mmtumu, patsikulo.

  80. Zanimuwone says:

    We do not want to “see them”.

  81. ASAAAAAAAA….MTENGO UKAKULA SUNGAUWONGOLE, UKHOBOKA. MAKE SURE THESE BOYS ARE SORTED
    NOW. THE POLICE MUST ELIMINATE THESE BOYS
    NOW…..SHOOT THEM DOWN WHILST THEY ARE IN THE
    FOREST.

  82. bigman munthu waMulungu says:

    ana otuwa ali mbuu ngati awa asatisowese mtendere. apolisi mwava kuti akumapezeka ku forest why dont you just go there and deal with them accordingly

  83. crimebuster says:

    These pupils(the school dropouts) r well known by the school authorities of both schools and the general public in that area, the police should arrest them all and charge them accordingly. There is no need for the Police to say they r investigating when the evidence is already there to see, the grafitti, the injured pupils! What more evidence does the Police want in order to act? Akufuna mwana mmodzi aphedwe ndiye ayambe kugwira ntchito?

  84. Celia Mittawa says:

    Amenewa asasekeleredwe. . Zinthuzi zimayamba ngati mwamasewera chonchi. . They can be easily used by these real famous groups who may want to attack our country because they the children themselves have got this bad behaviour in them already. .lets uproot these little devils before its too late. God help us. . Signs of the end times.

  85. GN Phiri says:

    Nip them in the bud. Athudzulireni kuuna komweko asadauluke! Deal with them decisively!

  86. malawi says:

    …………………..MALAWI POLICE & MDF TEST YOUR WEAPONS ON THEM ,OTHERWISE MUVI OWONERERA UMALASA MMASO……..

  87. kirko says:

    hahahahaaha i like this

  88. THE GREAT MAZONDE says:

    instead of going to xul…..Idiots!!.Police take an action immediatly pliz.Tavutka ndima floods nde inunso mutivute??

  89. dzina langa says:

    shoot them. they dont know boko harram

  90. Gule says:

    Zimayamba chonchotu,mukawalekerera azakhala zigawenga zoopsa.Go,arrest them,shoot them if they r ressisting arrest

  91. Bob says:

    Get these pricks lock them up for a very long time.

  92. Mbanangwa says:

    Religious Freedom has brought in Boko Haram to Malawi. This threat is real. Follow what is happening in Rumphi. Chiefs are busy selling their subjects Boko Haram like fellows with long beard. They roam aimlessly in the district dishing mattresses, money and maize. They are converting numerous peoples.

  93. big says:

    Ndikangobwera kumeko ndikupondani ana anjoka inu,Police kill those afitiz fast plz,akavuta mundiuze

  94. Kangaroo says:

    Ndimwe Vitchiru

  95. Parallel Market says:

    My fellow country men, zina kambu zina leku, what kind of police do we have in Malawi that tolerate this nonsense to grow up to this level? Aaah!!

  96. Majoti says:

    I Quote “We Are Investigating, Bnd As Police We Are Doing Everything Possible…” Ndi Mmene Iliri Police Yathu And I Hope Kukanakhala Boko Haram Kuno Mukanatha Nonse Apolisi. CAUTION: terrorist tendencies ussually thrive among such notorious and unemployed gangs. If The Group Is Not Dealt With At The Onset, Next Time We Will Be Talking Of A Terrorised Malawi. Police Koma Changu Kuthamangitsa Wa Galimoto Yoti Ilibe Spare Tyre, Cholinga Mudyepo Uku Mukuphetsa Anthu. Foolish!

  97. wochenjera says:

    Stupid boys. Catch them and send them to rehabilitation centres before they degenerate into core criminals.

  98. Nip them whilst in the bud please its unhealthy for our society!

  99. Kwizinga says:

    Kill them nowww before they go any further. We don’t want them.

  100. Gudubu says:

    Kulibe Police ku Mchinjiko? Mukuwalekelera mawa musatisokose kumati mbava zavuta , Remember how 11 Bongos started in Lilongwe and how we tolerated them? Today the group has grown and is causing untold miseries among residents of the city

  101. haward says:

    Palibe chifukwa chonyengerera apa kungowamanga bwanji, paja mumadikira kuti munthu afe malawi style

  102. paul says:

    This is sad indeed I hope our police will deal with them.

  103. makape says:

    Zimenezo ndiye zachamba apolice amangen

  104. Malawiana says:

    Stupid misguided youths. Shoot and kill them all. We cant afford to have these nuts grow up and become real Boko Haram.

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