Two police officers have been injured as they were controlling an irate mob in Nkhotakota on Thursday as they were controlling an irate mob which were baying for the blood of a Burundian trader whom they accused of organising young men to have same sex.
Nkhotakota Police Station spokesperson Sub-Inspector Williams Kapondahas confirmed the incident at Mkaika market and said the injured cops were rushed to Nkhotakota district hospital.
The spokesperson said the mob suspect that the Burundian, Patrick Emmanuel, 42, allegedly hired a Malawian man identified as Andrew Mzumara, 20, of Mtalanje Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mwadzama in the district to sleep with boys and use their semen for rituals.
A source who tipped Nyasa Times said one of the boys told his parents who became angry and mobilized other people to have the Burundian trader assaulted.
The Burundian trader is now in police custody as the police are now investigating the matter as well as to protect his life as releasing him could lead to his assault and death.
“We have so far taken the suspects into custody for questioning. We have also arrested four men for being found looting the shop. We have now managed to quell the situation,” Kaponda said.
Riot police used teargas canisters to disperse the mob as it blocked the M5 Road with tree branches and stones.
There has been animosity between Malawians and asylum seekers in the country who leave Dzaleka Refugee camp in Dowa and do businesses in the country’s trading centres, towns and cities competing with Malawian businessmen who complain that the foreigners sell their goods at very low prices as they get top up money from the UNHCR.