Malawi soldier face charges for shooting himself, lover

The Malawi Defense Force (MDF)  says it will drag to court a military officer accused of shooting his former girlfriend, also a soldier, before turning the gun on himself.

Gomezgani Gondwe – battling for life at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH)- is said to have shot Lyasha Chipeta after  “irreconcilable differences” made the woman to end the affair.

“We are disappointed with the incident. We hope to open up a case once the findings are out since the issue is treated as a criminal matter,” MDF spokesperson, Brigadier Clement Namangale, was quoted saying by Malawi News Agency.

Lyasha Chipeta: Shot

Gondwe is believed to have been angered by Chipeta when she told him that she was no longer interested in their love relationship. Gondwe got angry and shot his girl friend first and later shot himself.

Chipeta’s sister, Chisomo Chidaya, said a bullet ripped through Chipeta’s back before coming out through her upper breast area.

The soldiers are from Kamuzu Barracks in Lilongwe.

Cop shoots self

Meanwhile, a police officer in Dowa,  Constable Donard Phiri allegedly shot himself to death.

Phiri who was on duty with his friend at Mvera Road block in Salima district, at around 3am he left the his friend and went into a waiting room where he shot himself to death.

National Police Spokesperson Davie Chingwalu said police officers are not above the laws of the country and they too deserve punitive punishment if found guilty.

“We are very concerned with the death of Costable Phiri. However, it should be cleared that police officers are not above the law and if the departed officer was alive he would have been taken to court.”

Chingwalu appealed to Malawians not loose trust in the Malawi Police Service as every necessary step has been taken to avoid such acts.—(Additional reporting by Solister Mogh, Mana)

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