Malawi army apologises as KB players caught stealing

There was a disorder on Sunday evening at Puma Filling station at Chichiri Shopping Mall in Blantyre when Kamuzu Barracks Football Club players assaulted workers after one of them was caught stealing beer.

Meanwhile, Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has apologized for the incident and has since instituted investigations into the matter before taking disciplinary measures against the concerned players who are soldiers.

According to information from eye witnesses and confirmed by the shop workers, players for Kamuzu Barracks  (KB) Football Club arrived at the filling station in their team bus at around 8pm to fill gas after losing to Zomba United in a Carlsberg Cup semifinals at Kamuzu stadium.

KB  players were caught stealing
KB players were caught stealing

Some of the players, one of the shop workers told Nyasa Times, entered into the shop to buy ‘stuff’ before one of them hid a 750mls bottle of Malawi Gin in his pants. The bottle is worth K3,600.

“As they were to get out of the shop, our supervisor Christopher Chokhotho stopped one of them after noting that he stole a Gin bottle. He confronted him (the player) and that’s when his colleagues intervened and started beating our supervisor,” explained the worker.

However, the situation got worse when the players pounced on the others workers who wanted to close the shop. Chokhotho has sustained injuries on the head.

It took the intervention of the shop owner, Ken Chiteze who happened to be around the premise, to cool down the situation.

Chiteze in interview told Nyasa Times that he has since taken up the matter with MDF.

“We have reported the matter to Malawi Defence Force. They have their own disciplinary unit. They (MDF senior officials) even came this morning (today), and have promised they will take action,” said Chiteze.

Apart from visiting the scene of the incident this morning, MDF yesterday night sent its representative from Chichiri camp to apologize for the conduct of the players who have built a reputation of harassing and beating people especially supporters and players of other teams including match-officials during Super League games.

In interview, Southern Region Police Nicholas Gondwa said his office is yet to receive a complaint and promised to follow up the matter as well.

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