There was pandemonium on Monday afternoon in Mbayani Township, Blantyre when an angry mob descended on one of the residents they suspected to have had a hand in the death of a 17-year-old boy who died of drowning almost three weeks ago.
During the fracas, the angry mob stoned and damaged a house of unnamed resident and a a local pub belonging to a man identified as Mr. Mangochi.
The fracas broke out soon after the deceased, Brave Muha a student at Pact Private Secondary School, was laid to rest in Chilomoni Township.
Blantyre Police spokesperson Elizabeth Divala confirmed of the incident, saying one person has been arrested so far in relation to the episode.
“Details are still sketchy right now but one person has been arrested and we expect more arrests as our officers are on the ground handling the situation,” said Divala.
Divala said the angry mob decided to take the law in its hands on suspicions that that the deceased’s death was masterminded by one of the residents in the Township.
“It is reported that the deceased had an argument at one of the bottle stores in the area and it is alleged that those targeted by the angry residents had a hand in his death”.
Chileka police Publicist, Grace Mwale confirmed of Muha’s drowning.
Nyasa Times visit to the scene of the incident, which is in Chemusa, Mbayani along the M1 road, found heavily armed police labouring to calm the situation.
The situation had drawn mixed reactions from road users who were afraid of their vehicles being stoned by the angry mob.