ADMARC guard fatally shoots Nkhatabay depot clerk, arrested

A 32 year old man Petros Kaunda who was working as a security guard at Mzenga ADMARC depot in Nkhata bay district is in police custody for  reportedly shooting dead  a sale clerk at Mzenga Admarc depot, police confirmed.

Shot dead

Nkhata bay police spokesperson Ignatius Esau identified the deceased as a 25 year old Patrick Mawaso.

Esau said the incident occurred around 3 am on 11 March, 2017 at the depot.

“The deceased went to his office around 3 am to sort out some documents in readiness for auditors who were coming in due course while the security guard Mr Kaunda was outside the office armed with .303 rifle,” said Esau.

He said the security guard heard some strange footsteps and after a search he saw unknown person standing on the far side of the office.

The guard alerted his boss who was inside not to come out as he had planned to shoot the said unknown person.

“The guard then pulled the trigger and missed the target as the bullet hit his boss when he was coming out of the office,” he explained.

After realising that he had shot his own boss, guard decided to shoot himself but was rescued by people who came to the scene after hearing the gun shot.

Patrick Mawaso, who hailed from Mayuni village in the area of Tradional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi district,  was rushed to Mzenga health center where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

An autopsy conducted at Nkhatabay district hospital revealed that the deceased died due to severe loss of blood.

Petros Kaunda hails from Chiheni Kacheche village traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba district.

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Foolish guard. Who said because you have a gun then you have to shoot? No one has the right to shoot anyone. The guard shud be charged with murder. He should have asked the person what he wanted before shooting or he could have scared him by firing in the air. Are these guards given any guidelines how to handle firearms! And why give them guns anyway.


lest in pease AMAWASO


The guard was doing his job. If what is written is right then forgive the the guard


Guard ndi osalakwa! mmasureni azikadya mgayiwa kwao.

Thamangani Mbwani

This is a SAD Story. However, the reason for going to office at 3am is not adding up. An in depth investigation is required.


The boss was alerted nit to come out koma ssasanamve


vuto longotenga aliyense without proper training nkuwapasa mfuti..

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