Minister Chimwendo says MBC security officer confess shooting Poly student in ‘self-defence’

Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda has said  a security officer from Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has confessed that he shot  First Year Polytechnic student Blessings Nyondo in Blantyre on the night of December 21 2020.

Minister Chimwendo Banda:   Explained Poly student’s shooting

Police has been accused that one of its cop  shot  Nyondo multiple times around Kwacha roundabout  and the student later died in hospital.

The Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) accused police of “outright insensitive and incoherent” to feed the nation a narrative that the late Nyondo was a robbery suspect.

HRDC threatened to   mobilise Malawians for vigil at the Southern Region Police Headquarters.

But Minister Chimwendo Banda held a meeting  with MBC team which included the security guard suspected to have shot late Nyondo.

Briefing reporters after the meeting, the minister said the MBC security guard confessed that he shot the student twice in “self-defence.”

He said the security guard explained his side of the story on what actually happened.

“ What we’ve learnt is that an MBC vehicle, a Prado, went to pick police officers from Kanjedza to help  with security and were heading towards Kwacha Roundabout on their way to MBC TV, Njamba Studio.

“Suddenly, as there was a queue  and vehicles were moving  slowly, the late Blessings Nyondo appeared in front of the vehicle, and later opened the door and forced himself in. Once in the vehicle, he started wresting with the police officer at the back seat to snatch a gun from him, but the police officer managed to escape with the gun,” said Chimwendo Banda.

He said Nyondo then allegedly tried to snatch a gun from the MBC security guard who was on the passenger’s seat in front but failed again.

The minister said as late Nyondo allegedly attempted to escape the scene, the security guard opened fire as a warning and fired again to disable the suspect.

He said the security guard suspected the student  wanted to steal the vehicle.

According to the minister, police also recorded a statement from a woman who claimed the deceased snatched her handbag and was  running away.

The minister said their findings were not conclusive.

HRDC chairperson Gift Trapence said  the Malawi Police Service owe Malawians an explanation as to why it was possible that a suspect who had attempted to snatch a gun from a police officer was not placed under arrest and was just dumped at the hospital until he died on January 6 2021.

He warns that, as human rights defenders, they will not sit back and watch the Malawi Police Service militate against its very own mandate, which is to protect lives and property.

“The constitution of the Republic of Malawi provides for the right to life in section 16(1) and that such life shall not be arbitrarily deprived. All forms of arbitrary deprivation of life by any person, including law enforcement agents, are unacceptable in Malawi.”

Nyondo was reportedly shot when he was on his way to overnight prayers at Robin’s Park near the scene of the incident where he was shot.

He was a student of The Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, who was staying in Chitawira Township from where he was attending weekend classes.

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Justice
Justice
6 months ago

I am not buying the narrative because it falls short of consistency and very far away from reality.#justicefornyondo

Kaisala
Kaisala
6 months ago

It’s really laughable 🤣🤣🤣 so after failing to grab a gun from a police officer who run away with a deadly weapon he found another target who was watching when the police officer was wrestling with the robber kkkkkk Come on guys find another excuse not this stupid one…. THE POLICE OFFICER RUN AWAY hahaha. You Mr Chimwendo Banda think before you relay such useless message

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
6 months ago
Reply to  Kaisala

Above all, police officers are not hired in singles but from two above and always with guns not a gun. Therefore, why did MBC hire one police officer rather where was the other police officer when all this fake story was taking place?
Bwana Chimwendo, lankhulani ngati nduna osati mbwerera ngati zimenezi if indeed this is what you said. I for one, respects you but not on this issue

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
6 months ago

A Prado car should be assumed to have an automatic self locking device unless it was faulty.The motive for the victim having access into the car and started wrestling with the police officer over the gun is a source of many questions. The issue regarding a woman with her bag snatched by the victim is a leading clue linking to the circumstances on the gun wrestling both with the Police Officer and MBC guard. A preliminary base for investigations has at least been established.

guest
guest
6 months ago

If cars were moving very slowly because of a long queue, then there should be lots of witnesses! and who steals a car when there is nowhere to run? Thieves will drive off and escape, so it doesnt make sense to steal a car in a traffic jam!

Curious
Curious
6 months ago

So the MBC guards has guns??

Should we say the guard was escorting the driver to pick the police?

Since they are saying the police officer run away, should we say that at the time of shooting there was no police officer?

Melchzedek
Melchzedek
6 months ago

Come on . mbc members coming up with a stupid scum aaawe ..thought kuli anthu anzeru koma zokamba zimenezizi nde sitingalole ofcoz a police(ppl of low intelligence) amatithandiza koma pena amasungilaso zigawenga..munthu amushuta bwanji 2 bullets nkhani yaying’ono ngat imeneyo aaa galimoto olo ndi moyo zikufanana ndipo ndlama zimene awononga kut akule ndi prado sizikugwilizana

benty smart
6 months ago

that student was a thief, finish and claaa…..

Tato
Tato
6 months ago
Reply to  benty smart

INUU BODZA LOKHALOKHA LUKAMBIDWA APA

mtete
mtete
6 months ago

Can’t buy this fiction. What time was it that there was a long a queue of slow moving vehicles on that stretch of road?

Ulemu Banda
Ulemu Banda
6 months ago

It’s time we should think about having at least one police officer to wear body cams on patrol.

Overton whycrying Masina
Overton whycrying Masina
6 months ago
Reply to  Ulemu Banda

Police Stations are not yet connected to the Hqs inu mukukamba zomuyika wapolisi online zoona? that gear needs to be uploading the clips to the server realtime else they will be tempered.

Mtemte
Mtemte
6 months ago

Ulemu has a point, and thats a start the rest will follow. overton osangofikila kususa zilizonse

Nebraska
Nebraska
6 months ago

Nkhaniyi mukuwuza mwana kapena

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