Blantyre university student kidnapped, raped by panga gang

A college girl studying at Blantyre International University (BIU) was sexually assaulted by a gang of men armed with panga knives who are on the run, according to police.

The 20 year old Namiwawa-based girl (name withheld) was attacked on August 4

The girl, a business administration student, met her fate on the wee hours when the unknown thugs broke into her residence in Namiwawa Dharap flats in Blantyre, kidnapped and raped her later at Namiwawa Primary School- about 100 meters away from her house.


Blantyre Police have confirmed the incident and are currently hunting for the two criminals who apart from rapping the girl, they  stole household items which include Telefunken radio, Dell Laptop computer, Heavy duty drier, assorted clothes and other small items worth about K900, 000.

Sexual violence has become increasingly pervasive

According to Blantyre Police assistant Public Relations Officer, Lameck Thembachako, the law-enforcers were alerted of the issue by the girl’s aunt.

“It was her aunt who reported the issue to police,” said the police spokesman.

“She said was fast asleep when the incident happened only to be awakened at around 02:30 hours by her niece who told her that two unknown criminals armed with panga knives broke the house through the main door and stole some items.

“Thereafter, the criminals went to the girl’s bedroom where they forced her to help them carrying the stolen items up at Namiwawa primary school. It was there where they raped her consecutively. Then, they told her to go back home. All these were happening while [her] aunt to the girl was fast asleep in her bedroom,” said Thembachako.

He said, according to the reported information, the girl had told the criminals that her aunt had locked her bedroom and left with the keys.

“The police visited both scenes of incident and [her aunt] valued the stolen items at MK947, 532.00. So far, Police investigations are underway to arrest the culprits and recover the stolen items,” he added.

Opposition parties have been accusing the PP government on the rising insecurity in Malawi, saying it is a setback to development.

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