Malawi army soldiers misconduct case adjourns for Easter

A military court case involving 21 Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldiers and one officer in connection with the killing of six of their colleagues in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) last year adjourned for Easter on Thursday.

Malawi Defense Force soldiers

The officer was leading a group of about 135 soldiers that was part of a force that went to clear a rebel camp,

The soldiers are said to have left their weapons in armoury and travelled to Cheputo Trading Centre in the war torn eastern DRC to watch a football match.

Ugandan rebels who operate in the area waited for them before the MDF soldiers were ambushed.

Two soldiers are still missing.

The hearing of the case is in camera and defebde counsel for 18 of the soldiers, Ralph Mhone, could not comment.

High Court registrar Agnes Patemba said Judge Chifundo Kachale has been appointed advocate judge over the matter.

At least 13 soldiers are answering the charge of losing official weapons whilst eight are answering the charge of abandoning their posts.

The charge of aiding an enemy has been withdrawn.

Immediately after the incident, the MDF recalled the 21 soldiers who were on UN mission.

The case is expected to resume on Tuesday in Kamuzu Barracks, Lilongwe.

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Ineyo ndi ineyo
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Ineyo ndi ineyo

Open your eyes. When was the Barca and Man U game? When did the incident happened of the death of the brave soldiers? Mukamalemba nkhani be professional than kuyankhula za nkutu wamva journalist we? Game ya some 3 wks ago u r taking us for fools aMalawi fe eti? U r a Coward and u don’t deserve to be a journalist . Upite ukawafusenso not kulemba kuti mumve ma mixed reactions a anthu. Mukutenga nkhani za anthu adziko Lina za champions league nkumawapaka nazo a Malawi . Don’t blv manyaka amajournalist enawa like uyuyu. Muone ma date a incident ya… Read more »

Bolero
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Bolero

Muli inu mukanatani utanunkha onga. Kuwubusa liwiro la kambuku kuyitaya mfuti uko wautali.

Innoxy
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Innoxy

MDF ilembe asilikali atsopano, zopusa ife ayi.Tiziti we are protected tili ndi asilikali opusa chonchi?.Mungamaonere mpira ku nkhondo?.Asilikali ochitisa manyazi.

George Malemu
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George Malemu

You have heard from one side of the story, listen from the soldiers first and you know who is saying the truth. Mukungolubwalubwa apa

Innoxy
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Innoxy

Kungotipeza nkhondo ku malawi kuno tonse tidzafa tsiku lomwelo poti tili ndi asilikali opanda nzeru.Inu zoona ku mission ya UNITED NATIONS mungamasiye zida ulendo kukaonera mpira kuiwala zoti muli ku nkhondo?.Mumaona nkhati muli kwanu?, ASILIKALI AUKAPE!!!!.

SYMPA
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SYMPA

THIS IS EMBARRASSING, THIS MEANS THAT THE SIX BRAVE SOLDIERS DIED BECAUSE THEY HAD NO SUPPORT FROM THEIR COLLIGUES WHO WERE BUSY DRINKING BEER…….SHAME…!!!..

THE CULTURE OF ABIDING TO RULE OF LAW DOES NOT EXIST IN MALAWI….THIS IS WHY THERE IS TOO MUCH CORRUPTION AND TOO MUCH POVERTY AMONG MALAWIANS

Duli
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Duli

This incident reminds of the song, “Chibwanaaaa, Chibwana chimalandaaa…..”. From Malawi on an international duty in a war zone only to abandon the duty to a video house at Cheputo trading centre to watch Barcelona and Man U. This led to loss of lives and $s. What a shame.

Chiswa B
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Chiswa B

Man U Barcelona and Ajax Juventus games were played in the last two weeks. The 6 Soldiers dies a couple of months ago. Whats the connection?

Zingano
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Zingano

Eti amwene!!!

Peloma Pepe
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Peloma Pepe

Is the article saying anything about these matches? Or they’ve edited after your comment?

Payoniya
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They have edited after reactions

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
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Yasser Arafat Hamdani

This is a very embarrassing case for nation Malawi. The soldiers abandoned their post to watch European soccer on the TV at Cheputo Trading Center. Obviously they drunk nkalabongo there and slept with DRC mahule. This is in a war zone where the rebels and bandits were watching them. This is silly and unprofessional. Did their commanding officer also join them to enjoy at the trading Centre? Very unprofessional. They deserve death by firing squad.

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Odhilo anaba sanamangidwe mlandu unapita ndi madzi. Kodi sanalakwe? Ma soldiers alakwanji?
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