Malawi-Mozambique border police clash

Malawi Police spokesman Davie Chingwalu has disclosed that there was a clash between the country’s police officers and those of Mozambique manning the border post at Tsangano in Ntcheu on Wednesday.

Chingwalu, told Zodiak Broadcasting Station that the scuffle started when Mozambique police arrested a Malawi cop who had crossed into their territory.

“It happened that one of our officers went to the other side of the road, in Mozambique,  to buy (potato) chips, when the vendors there  sold him, they  (Mozambique police ) grabbed him,” Chingwalu told the radio.

Chingwalu: Crash. Photo. Times Group

Chingwalu said Mozambique authorities were not pleased with the uniformed Malawian cop crossing into their territory without authorisation.

They detained the Malawi officer and another one escaped in cuffs.

Angry Malawian traders pelted the Mozambique officers with stones which forced them to release the detainee cop, he said.

“It’s just misunderstanding of these junior officers but actually we have mutual understanding for officers on our side and that of Mozambique,” Chingwalu said.

He said there has been complaints from Malawi traders at Tsangano that Mozambique police at the border solicits bribes  from them.

Chingwalu said the matter has since been “resolved.”

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