Chinese national dies in tit for tat mob justice

A Chinese National suspected of stabbing to death a Malawi in Chitipa died on Tuesday night from injuries sustained from severe beatings inflicted on him by an angry mob, police confirmed the incident on Wednesday.

Police Spokesperson Norah Chimwala confirmed the death of Chinese national identified as Lee Rui, 30 and his Malawian counterpart as Twaibu Nkhoma, 27 of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in Nkhotakota.

She explained that both the deceased were working for a construction firm that is constructing Karonga-Chitipa Road. She said the whole saga started when the Chinese National, who was supervisor of the deceased Malawian worker, discovered that some of the fuel used at the construction site had been stolen.

Chinese envoy to Malawi: No immediate comment

“Rui suspected that the [deceased] Malawian National was behind the theft of the fuel but at the time the theft was detected the suspected Malawian had already left the workplace and was at his house.

“Rui decided to confront him on the missing fuel there. Unfortunately, the matter turned into a fight in which Rui stabbed his Malawian counterpart three times with a knife in the head and stomach, killing him on the spot,” explained Chimwala.

The PRO said when the Chinese National realized that his colleague had died he decided to report the matter to a nearby Police Post at Kapoka Road Block in the same district.

But when the angry mob from the village where the Malawian worker was residing caught up with the Chinese national they started beating him up.

However, Police at the Police Check point mobilized quickly and came to the rescue of the Chinese National by firing tear gas to disperse the angry mob that had descended on him.

Unfortunately, he had already sustained severe injuries from the assaults the mob had inflicted on him which led to his death later at Chitipa District Hospital where he had been taken for treatment, due to severe loss of blood.

The police publicist further disclosed that so far, no arrest has been made in connection with the incident but said the law enforcers in Chitipa have launched thorough investigations into the matter.

“We have so far made no arrests in connection with the incident. Nevertheless, the matter is being investigated thoroughly by our officers in Chitipa District,” said Chimwala.

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