Old man stoned to death for ‘stealing’ maize

Villagers in Malawi’s border district of Mchinji have killed in an uncannily manner a  senior citizen and one of their own after they allegedly caught him stealing maize.

Almost certainly, the deceased, 65-year-old Tasiyano Agripa, met his fate due to food deficit. The old man died the most heartrending way after he was stoned until he breathed his last by his fellow villagers.

The incident happened around 02.00am on Thursday at Siwelera Village, in the area of TA Simphasi in the district, according to police.

Mchinji Police Spokesperson, Moses Nyirenda, said the suspected elderly thief met his fate while in a granary  (a storeroom for maize) of Lucia Miti.

Nyirenda said Miti heard a strange sound in her granary and not knowing what it was because of darkness, she immediately alerted fellow villagers to help her deal with the “unknown creature”.

“The villagers responded swiftly and started throwing into the granary every object around them such as stones and metal bars until a few minutes later when they could hear nothing inside,” explained the police PRO.

Upon taking a look inside the granary, the villagers were shocked to see one of their senior villagers lying dead.

Meanwhile, police have arrested the owner of the granary and two of her relations to answer charges of murder.

Hunger is becoming increasingly common in Malawi now.

Robber kill

In another incident, thugs on Wednesday hacked to death a 48-year-old guard and went away with assorted items belonging to a private school in Blantyre.

Blantyre Police Assistant Police Spokesperson Lameck Thembachako said the deceased, Yohane Phiri, was killed while on duty at Michiru View Private School where he was working as a guard.

Thembachako explained that after arriving at the school the robbers captured the late Phiri, tied him up before hacking him on the forehead with a panga knife.

They then broke into the offices where they stole cash amounting to K318 000, three desktop computers, a Panasonic radio, DVD player, digital camera and 15 mobile phone handsets which belonged to students.

“The guard was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital but he died before receiving any treatment,” said the police spokesperson adding that so far no arrests have been made.

The late Phiri came from Kankhwani village, Traditional Authority Kachindamoto in Dedza district.

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