Man kills wife and child & shoots himself: Malawi Police says its an ‘appalling’ tragedy in Zingwangwa

Malawi Police has confirmed that a man in shanty township of Zingwangwa in the commercial city of Blantyre on Monday shot his wife dead, step-child before turning the gun on himself following a family row.

Local shocked in Zingwangwa

Local shocked in Zingwangwa

Tragedy in Zingwangwa

Tragedy in Zingwangwa

Police spokesperson for Blantyre, Elizabeth Divala, identified the man as Charles Chipanda, 52 who killed his wife Grace Kabula Chipanda, 44, who was working as a stores clerk at Soche Anglican Church and stepson 14-year-old Gift Chipanda before killing himself.

She confirmed recovering three bodies from the house after being alerted by people from the neighbourhood.

The child was a pupil at St. Pius Primary School in Blantyre.

Divala said the bodies of the three were immediately taken by police to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) for post-mortem.

Police spokesperson said a pistol and a suicide note signed by both the man and the woman was found near the bodies.

She said police strongly believe the woman was forced to sign the suicide note, alleging that she was cheating on her husband.

She said: “According to the letter, the wife confessed that she was having extra-marital affairs and signed under her confession whereas the man wrote that his wife was having extra-marital affairs and that she was patronising beer halls while he was conducting business before endorsing his own signature as well.”

“It is an appalling tragedy,” said Divala.

The killings stunned the local community, where the couple were known as a ‘normal and happy’ pair.

“I can’t believe this has happened. This is absolutely unbelievable. They were a normal family,” said a neighbour to Nyasa Times.

Chipanda came from Nanumba Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in Mangochi whereas the wife came from Zomba, exact particulars not available, according to police.

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Killing is not a best solution for solving our problems. Life is given once and we must take care of it.


very pathetic. this shows how weaked our country has fallen. i think we need be praying that God should give us the spirit of calm, peace, loving and carering. men of God, this is the time you need to call your folks together, pray for the innocent departed and call on God’s name to wipe out this bad spirit. for sure we can not arrest this situation without strongly calling on the Lord’s name. TIPONYE MAPEMPHERO ATHU KOZAMA KUTI MULUNGU ATICHOTSERE MIZIMU YOIPA PAKATI PATHU NDI KUTIPATSA CHIKONDI NDI MTENDERE M’MABANJA MWATHU KOMANSO PAKATI PA ANZATHU.

Tainson zeal

too bad


zoopsa izi


I would like to learn from you who you saw these dead bodies, how many bullets did each one has? Because it is very difficult to shoot yourself twice or more.

Thokozani mmora

Ngati zinthu zavuta ndibwino kusiyana than kuphana.


Women shd learn from this saga sititenga mwana popita ku ukwati wachikena coz these men they know how to pretend when they want to sign a contract. Bambo ake a mwana ameneyu ngati alipo akumva bwanji?????????????????????????????


I just hope the married women am screwing won’t be killed!But I cant kill my wife if i find out.Contract idzangothapo.Weak men resolve to such actions

ine chimwemwe

tikukhala ndi vilombo mmanyumbamu

Don’t rush to conclusions who knows maybe they were killed by an unknown gunman an de suicide note was just a ruse just to divert de attention away from where it was supposed to be.Cases of dis magnitude tend to be’s very sad dat our police are always quick to jump to conclusion b4 thorough investigation has been exhausted dis is similar to Robert Chasowa saga where de police were quick to conclude dat it was suicide simply becoz a suicide was found close to de victim. I therefore think that there is more to dis story dan wat’s… Read more »

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