Msonda and truck driver arrested, charged over brawl: Granted bail

Malawi Police on Thursday arrested former ruling People’s Party (PP) publicist, Ken Msonda and S&I Carrier truck driver for being involved in a wild brawl on Monday night that left both of them severely injured.

Msonda: Charged

Msonda: Charged

Truck driver Kanyenda showing his injuries after a brawl with Msonda

Truck driver Kanyenda showing his injuries after a brawl with Msonda

Blantyre Police Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Divala confirmed of the arrest.

Msonda and S&I Carrier truck driver, George Kanyenda got into a brawl at Liwanda trade centre in Machinjiri after a quarrel over a parked truck that blocked a road to Msonda’s residence.

And on Thursday, South Lunzu police detained the two for hours before releasing them on bail.

Msonda according to Divala, has been charged with two counts of Unlawful Wounding and Disorderly Conduct at Police Station.

”Mr. Kanyenda has been charged with one count of Disorderly Conduct at Police Station,” explained Divala.

Msonda is answering to the charge of Unlawful Wounding due to the gravity of injuries Kanyenda sustained.

Msonda and Kanyenda are expected to appear before South Lunzu Magistrates court on July 11, 2015.

The two got into a fight after a heated argument over a 40-tonne truck had parked on a road to Msonda’s house which infuriated the politician.

Tempers are said to have flared when Msonda got into the truck to remove it, and Kanyenda instead started insulting the politician before splashing beer on him.

Kanyenda is said to have loudly called Msonda ”Wa PP uyu, mwana wa Joyce Banda (He is a PP official and Joyce Banda’s aide)”.

Msonda, according to police, retaliated to Kanyenda’s insults and attack by hacking him on the hand and forehead with a panga knife that he got from his car.

”Mr. Msonda was the one who rushed to South Lunzu police in Area 5 (Machinjiri) and the driver followed him there. They started fighting in the presence of officers. The driver hit Mr. Sonda with a glass bottle,” explained Blantyre  police publicist, Elizabeth Divala.

Divala said it was difficult to arrest the two at the time of the incident as they needed immediate medical attention.

”Both of them sustained serious injuries and were given a letter to seek medical help. They were advised to report to the same police station on Tuesday, but the driver gave an excuse that he wasnt
feeling well,” added Divala.

In an interview, Msonda popularly known as foot-soldier suspected the incident to be a political attack.

”I suspect he was sent by some politicians because he recognised me as PP official. My life was in danger; he was so aggressive and my neighbours failed to cool him off. He splashed beer on me, broke thebottle and cut me on the hand, instead I had to defend myself,” explained Msonda.

He added: ”I rushed to police and he followed me there and attacked me again in presence of three officers. I thank the police for serving my life”.

Msonda said was waiting for police to conclude their investigations on the matter.

But in a separate interview, Kanyenda’s boss, Ben Chiwaula blamed the politician for starting the fight which he said had left his employee critically injured.

”The driver was coming from Mozambique and had stopped at Liwanda in Machinjiri to talk to a friend, a fellow driver from our company,” said Chiwaula.

Chiwaula said Kanyenda had left the truck, ferrying fertilizer, running.

”While he was talking to his colleague, he heard a sound like somebody was moving his truck. He rushed back thinking it was carjackers, but people told him it was Mr. Msonda an official of Peoples Party,”  added Chiwaula.

Chiwaula claims Kanyenda did not know Msonda until the incident when people called out his name.

He defended his junior’s failure to report to police on Tuesday as was adviced by the law-enforcers, saying he had fainted  and we rushed him to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was discharged on the same day.

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Frank phiri
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The international Highway Codes prohibit any driver whether of a truck or a saloon from blocking any Entry/Exit of a Highway, street, a cycle track or a public premises. One can only do that at a private premises. It is a punishable offence. I am truck driver myself. No truck driver can do that in Mozambique or South Africa and expect to go away with it without receiving the due consequences from Traffic Police unless its a proven breakdown.

nkhamavi
Guest

Do you know Chitatata bwino bwino, know who you mess with next time…you are glad you are alive Mr Truck Driver hahahahaha

Chikopa
Guest

Ine Amaloya kapena Ochinere nikuti “Bambo Msonda chipako chakubibirani ndithu”. You were provoked but it was you who shed the blood first because the guy was rude. Kaya ndichoncho? Basitu jere muyilowa pokhapokha mutasala kudya ndikupemphera kwa Mulungu. Apa Satana akukondwanu nanu kuti mumve kuwawa. Malawi political system has some of the best trained spies and underground people to take you to temptation. Ndale siyani. Munenen pa radio kuti you no longer PP and perhaps someone will soften the heart. I plead with you my Brother.

fatty
Guest

if the whole issue will be politicised then msonda will dance to the tune. however, I still feel that the track driver was wrong.the most disappointing this that in the report it seems the police officers have already taken their side which is that of the driver

Hot Iron
Guest

Bambo Msonda sanalakwe. Driver wamwano uyu anatumidwa kuti amupezese mulandu bwana Msonda. I am not PP but the driver and the police were all acting foolishly. Stupid politics from Dirty People’s Party!

Mbowe Mulambia
Guest

A police samalani ndi nkhani yi even if I am not a judge olakwa ndi truck driver was wrong Mr Msonda was protecting himself do not use politics here. why detaining Mr Msonda? Actually inuyo ndinu mboni ku court about the fight at your place

amfumu
Guest

the truck driver,probably a son of a harlot,was wrong and rude

Xander Jimmy
Guest

Although I totally condemn violence of any nature……bt I feel Mr Msonda might really being put in an awkward situation……..Truck being parked in residential areas is not acceptable and contrary city bylaws…..unless if is categorized as main road…….kuwatsira mowa koyambilila bambo Msonda wa it clearly show kuti adamutuma…….hence Bambo Msonda had to defend himself………if he parked pa plot yanu Mr Msonda consider trespass charges against this rude n disrespectful driver and his employers!

kene wa kene
Guest

Takhala tikuziwa kale kuti Ken Nsonda ndi ~Mr Kachikwanje kuyambira kale during Kamuzu era.

mphwache wa bingu
Guest

These truck drivers are a nuisancet to society .He should also be charged with parking truck in residential areas contrary to the city bylaws

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