Angry Muslims in Malawi’s southern district of Mangochi stormed Mangochi police station Monday evening challenging the police officers that they will never surrender the television camera they confiscated from a Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) TV crew over the weekend for allegedly shooting prayers without permission from the mosque’s authority until they are convinced of the motive behind the trespassing.
Police sources said the group of Muslims who were chanting Islamic slogans demanded the police to summon Sheikh Ibra Mwanyali and Brother Saiti Jambo from different mosques who are believed to have directed the camera men to enter the mosque and start shooting without the permission and knowledge of the authorities at the Mangochi Sub-mosque.
“The situation was tense that it took the officer in charge Elija Kachikuwo who was on an official duty at Monkey Bay to abandon the duties and come back to reason with the Muslims who were still in an uncompromising mood,” said the sources.
They sources said Inspector General of Police Loti Dzonzi has instructed the police to return the camera to the MBCtv crew but Muslims have vowed never to return it until their demand are met.
Meanwhile, police have released Zodiak Broadcastin Services reporter Raphael Mulozoa who was ‘politically’ detained on Sunday for legally reporting “false” story on the incident.
But impeccable sources have told Nyasa Times that Mulozoa has obtained legal documents in readiness to sue the police for unlawful detention and Sub-inspector Chimombo a body guard for Economic Planning minister Ralph Jooma for assaulting him before he was dragged to the police station to be locked up.
Mangochi police spokesperson Rodrick Maida has confirmed to Nyasa Times that a group of Muslims stormed the station.
“Yes there were people who came to the station for a discussion on the confiscated camera. But we have failed to reach an agreement and investigations are still under way.”
While confirming the release of Mulozoa, Maida refused to take some more questions saying the he doesn’t want to jeopardise the investigations on the matter.