The adage that ‘life begins at 40’ was proved wrong in Chitipa District when a 40-year- old man allegedly killed his 40-year-old colleague in a fight over a woman the two were dating.
Flyson Simengwa, 40, killed Teckson Sikwese, 40, when the two collided at Flora Ulambo’s house near Rufita Trading Centre in the area of Chief Mwaulambia.
Confirming the incident, Chitipa Police Detective Sub Inspector Abel Mkandawire said Ulambo, 32, a divorced woman, fell in love with both Sikwese and Simengwa without the two gentlemen knowing they were being double-crossed.
Mkandawire said the woman’s crookedness ended Thursday night when the two men crashed in her house.
“The two men exchanged tough words before a fight broke out, with the woman siding with Sikwese, in sorting out Simengwa, who eventually ran away.
“Simengwa then waylaid Sikwese at the bush and attacked him in his way from the woman’s house
“Sikwese, who died at the spot, sustained very deep cut in the head, which showed the suspect used sharp objects to assault the deceased,” Mkandawire said.
An eyewitness, who refused to be named, said a big crowd which rushed to the scene descended on Simengwa and severely beat him up and was rescued by alert members of community policing forum.
“Another group of people severely beat the woman, who, together with the suspect, was rushed to Chitipa District Hospital where they were admitted,” he said.
Another eye witness said an angry mob went on rampage, Friday, to the extent of pulling down the houses of the woman and the murder suspect.
“They used poles and metal bars to bring down the houses before cutting all the iron sheets with axes and machetes,” the eye witness said.
She added that the crowd also looted all the food items, such as maize and beans which were later served as meals during burial ceremony of the deceased.
Meanwhile, detective Mkandawire said the suspect was arrested soon after he was discharged from the hospital and charged with murder.
“We have also advised the woman to stay with her relatives at Chitipa Boma, for her safety, since people want her dead too,” Mkandawire said.
The woman has been rendered destitute as she has nothing as a property, except for the only clothes she is putting on following the loot.
Simemgwa and Ulambo come from Yamba Village while Sikwese hails from Chimeto Village in Chief Mwaulambia’s area.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :