Malawi couple arrested for murder

Police in Malawi’s eastern district of Balaka have intensified a hunt for unknown criminals who have murdered a 38-year-old Raphael Makina from Elias village in the district on his way from a drinking joint Tuesday night and arrested suspects.

Village Headman Nasiyaya whose real name is Adam Patrick says during the particular day  Makina was guzzling alcohol with the father of his divorced wife at Dziwe Trading Centre where the two met.

Nasiyaya said  late Makina and his wife Falesi James separated due to some family conflicts and both found new partners.

“After drinking, the deceased left the place together with his former wife’s father to visit his former wife who by then was with her new fiancé. The following morning the deceased was found lying dead near his former father inlaw’s house with a deep cut on the neck and upper arm with all his belongings beside him,”says the village headman.

Chief Nasiyaya adds that this angered the community who attacked the deceased’s former wife and her fiancé suspecting them to be behind the murder.

“They undressed, tied and left them naked next to the body of the deceased, and police found the two at the scene in a pool of blood,” he says.

Post-mortem conducted at Balaka District Hospital revealed that death was  due to severe breeding.

However,  the Police Station have strongly condemned the mob justice on the suspects.  Station officer for Balaka Police Senior Superintendent Benson Ndhlovu, says mob justice is a crime and it’s only the court that gives a verdict.

He therefore warned that Police will not tolerate such kind of behaviour and anyone found taking the law in his hands will face the law.

The deceased, Raphael Makina hailed  from Nasiyaya village, Senior Chief Nsamala in Balaka district.

Police have since locked up the former wife of the deceased Falesi James and her fiancé Patrick Philemon for questioning.

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