Malawi Police have denied claims of brutality afte people of Mpemba in Blantyre on Sunday left the body of a 51-year-old man on a veranda of a shop owned by Senior Chief Somba’s daughter at Mpemba Trading Centre in protest of what they termed police torture.
The deceased, identified as Piyasoni Magombo of Katsalam’bande Village in Senior Chief Somba’s area in Blantyre, was working as a security guard at the building where his body was placed and also as a labourer in T/A Somba’s garden.
Group village head (GVH) Beni of the area told reporters that the police beat Magombo when he was arrested.
The deceased son, Saidi Watison, said his father was brutally attacked by police after he was arrested for stealing two maize cobs and a sweet potato from his employer’s garden.
But Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala denied any brutality, saying he deceased was given a suspended sentence by the court but because he didn’t understand what “suspended” meant, he fainted.
“The deceased was found guilty and given a suspended sentence. The deceased did not understand the sentence and fainted on the spot,” said Divala.
She said the deceased was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QECH) were he later died.