3 cops arrested over soldier’s shooting: Malawi govt ‘deplores’ killing

Three Malawi Police Service officers are currently in custody for allegedly shooting to death one of Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, Lance Corporal Prince Lameck by patrol officer on Saturday night.

Investigation under way: Chibinu (send from left) with Insector General  at the news conference

Investigation under way: Chibinu (send from left) with Insector General at the news conference

The identities of the police officers arrested have been shielded.

Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Paul Chibingu told reporters on Thursday that the three officers would remain in custody while joint investigations by MDF and Malawi police are underway.

Chibingu was addressing the media on the incident and was franked by deputy Minister of Defence, Jappie Mhango, Police Inspector General (IG), Paul Kanyama and MDF deputy Commander General, Griffin Supuni Phiri.

The Minister deplored the fatal shooting of the soldier in Zomba, describing the incident as regrettable.

“It it is very regrettable and unfortunate that a precious life was lost in the course of providing security,” Chibingu said.

Chibingu said joint investigations by the MDF and MPS are in progress.

“We also wish to inform the nation that the three (3) MPS Officers involved are currently in custody awaiting findings of the joint investigations,” he said.

Chibingu and Mhango have since appealed to Police to be professional when carrying out its duties, and urged junior members from both MDF and MPS to remain disciplined and always emulate the good example set by their superiors.

“We further wish to advise the two (2) security organizations not to take the law into their own hands but to be professional and follow standard operating procedures.

“They should also avoid engaging themselves in wrangles as they could not take the nation forward but result into breakdown of security which can be detrimental to the development of our beloved country.”

Deputy Minister of Defence Jappie Mhango agreed with Chibingu that the incident was unfortunate and asked police officers and MDF soldiers to coexist peacefully.

There was tension in Zomba city on Saturday (last weekend) as tempers boiled up at Cobbe Barracks following the killing of Lameck.

MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda said Lameck, from Phwandaphwanda   Village,   in   Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu, was buried with full military honours. He was born on May 17 1987 and joined MDF on January 3 2008.

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Vyapasi
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What I know is that a Chancellor College student was shot dead in broad day light by police and no justice has been accorded. Paul Chibingu my colleague please follow up on this matter.

Davie Duwe
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May his soul rest in peace, the guy is gone lets not talk much about it, we were not there on the scene but God knows everything, who are we to judge? We all read bible. i believe one day chilungamo chizadziwika.

stevenvisambo
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MHSRIP

Vekere wavekere
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Dez small Soidiers kukula mtima ngati usoja anayamba iwowo,l personaly knw bigmen in de military hu respect demselvez & neva indulged demselves in dez fulish acts,chonsecho av small papers az dea rank + using ma certificate a amalume,behaving az if usoja ndi ntchito ya ankolo awo,plz get a lyf,osati mukakhala pa malo aliyense azichita kubooka m’chilu ngat mumawadyetsa ndinu,zopusa,apolisi,pwilizi,iphani yense ofuna kutionongera mtendere pa nyasa pano,we av had enough of dez criminalz & u small soidierz ikatha2,ndi G4s basi.

clement
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In my observation,I ‘ve observed that Soldiers are rude and am 100% backing Police . Reason, few yrs ago Wanderers were playing Mafco in the cup finals at Kamuzu stadium and Nomads won the cup.After the match barbaric soldiers begun to beat Wanderers fans even that time Yona Malunga fought against these soldiers,so is that fair? Being a soldier its not the threat to people.Weldone Police and don’t be intimidated.

SALU
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Macomment Anu Enanu Ndi Apolice,muzapangisa Kuti Muzave Zowawa Osowa Okulandisani.Musunge Mawu Amenewa.Muzayaluka Mutasowa Mtendere.Ulinde Madzi Apite Uziti Ndadala.

Bob Mhango
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MHSRIP

Federalism
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U ah indeed A Babylon, coz in ur heart, there is kunyenga, kunama, kuba, kusokoneza, [email protected] u ah talking is not for de peace, ndiwe odanitsa. Ndife amozi, tisamenyane, mulipo a military azibale anu ali ku Police ndipo a Police ena abale ali ku military, kodi mukayamba zimenezi,,,,,,,,, simuphana bachibale? Lets love each other ,we are all Malawians. MHSRIP.

Amuna ngunda ngunda,wakumalowa .
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Amuna ngunda ngunda,wakumalowa .

HEY koma ababylon mumagwa chifufu kapena mumapanga zamizimu, zaumaria , nanga ndizomwezi , inusotu mukuyenera mufufuzidwe za nkhumba gate , chinkhni chonsechi kikikikikiki.

Taelos
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Its aa great loss no matter what!

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