A soldier of Moyale Barracks is in Police custody at the Mzuzu Police Station for allegedly assaulting a 38 year old man at Jombo Trading Centre on Christmas Day because the victim failed to pay for the booze he had taken at a pub.
But sources told Nyasa Times that the Soldier, Corporal Davie Nganga 32, of Matwika Village, Traditional Authority Nkanda in Mulanje District, does not own the drinking joint but just wanted to show his fighting antics.
In recent months Malawi Defense Forces (MDF) soldiers have grabbed news headlines for rather bizarre and unprofessional conduct making analysts question the MDF’s code of conduct.
Mzuzu Police spokesperson Sergeant Maurice Chapola confirmed in a statement that military officers handed over Nganga to Mzuzu Police for arraignment where he has been since charged with grievous harm.
According to Chapola , the soldier and the victim, Innocent Chandiwira of Traditional Authority Mtwalo in Mzimba District were together at a drinking spree at JCO Bottle store in the area.
“At around 2100Hrs the victim and company decided to take a leave before settling payments of beer.
“It is believed that a query by the suspect over unsettled bill, angered the victim and prompted a verbal war that ended into the victim being wounded by the suspect on the stomach using a broken bottle,” Chapola said.
Chandiwira is reported to have lost a lot of blood before the intestines were seen out following the stub.
He was rushed to Mzuzu Central Hospital where he is reported to be critically ill.
Davie Nganga will soon appear before court to answer charge of causing a grievous harm.