Malawi lawmaker Mulli assaulted in pub row: Police arrest attackers

Member of Parliament Felton Mulli was assaulted, had his vehicle smashed and money stolen following disagreements that ensued at Breakers Bar in Chigumula, police confirmed the development.

Eye witnesses told Nyasa Times that the lawmaker, a brother to the business magnate Leston Mulli, caught trouble when he accidentally stumbled and broke a bottle of beer belonging to some young boys who were also having fun at the same pub.

The incident did not go down well with the owner of the beer who reacted angrily and he in company of his two other friends followed Mulli to where he had packed his car. There they physically attacked the parliamentarian.

Bwanali: Attackers arrested

According to the witnesses, Mulli was defenseless as the gang of the young men in their early 20s outnumbered him, torn his shirt to pieces, smashed his car and stole various items that were in the vehicle.

It had to take the intervention of security personnel at the place, who at first did not notice what was going on and they hurriedly came to the rescue of the hapless man of honour.

Meanwhile, the Phalombe south MP made a formal complaint of assault to Limbe Police Station.  Three attackers were arrested in connection with the incident the same day and are being kept in police custody.

According to southern region deputy public relations officer Beatrice Bwanali, the suspects have been charged with theft, public violence and causing grievous harm.

“Yes, it is true we received a complaint from Hon. Felton Mulli on 14th October where he alleged that he was attacked in Chigumula at Breakers Bar by some three young men.

“We followed up the issue and as I’m talking we have arrested three suspects linked to the attack and they will appear in court any day to answer charges of theft, causing grievous harm and public violence,” explained Bwanali.

She identified the three as Roy Breakford 22, Zohab Assan 20 and Timothy Lim 25, all from Chipendo village in Traditional Authority Machinjiri, Blantyre.

Chigumula is one of notorious places in Blantyre city where crime rate is largely higher according to police statistics. It is also regarded as a haven for criminal gangs.

Unlike his elder brother Leston, who is flamboyant and militant, the young Mulli who served deputy minister in late Bingu wa Mutharika’s government, is reserved. Even in his decade long career as Member of Parliament for Phalombe south, he rarely speaks in the national assembly.

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