Malawi insecurity: Armed criminals shoot dead Machinga chief

Two unknown criminals Monday morning shot dead a traditional leader in Machinga District for unspecified reasons.

The development comes barely two months after thugs also murdered two guards by crushing their heads while on duty at a filling station in the district.

National Police Spokesperson Davie Chingwalu identified the traditional leader as 35-year-old Village Headman Moto, born Lanjesi Lucky Lihonga.

He explained that the incident occurred at around 2am when two men wearing black knocked on the door of the leader.

Chingwalu:We are keeping the rifle

“When the wife opened the door, they demanded to meet the husband and after the husband came out they took about 10 minutes or so discussing before shooting him,” he said.

The national police publicist further said the criminals were using an AK 47 rifle which they left on the scene of the incident before fleeing.

“We are actually keeping the rifle at our police,” said Chingalu.

The incident has created a stir in the district but police have assured the residents they are doing everything possible to arrest the suspects.

“We believe there was something between the chief and the two suspects because of the discussion they had prior to the incident.

“We are appealing to members of the community who might have known of any issue between the chief and anyone to help us with that information so that we can make proper probing,” he said.

Security has completely deteriorated in the country with the crime graph rising by the day since President Joyce Banda took over regime about five months ago.

However, reports are rife that the crime is organised by some politburo within the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in their pursuit to discredit the new administration.

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