One person has been killed while several others have been injured in Karonga during the fracas that erupted between police and the Mpata community on Wednesday.
Confirming the development, Karonga police deputy spokesperson George Mlewa blamed the community for the fracas.
According to Mlewa, the community blocked the Karonga-Chitipa road with big stones and trees early in the morning without known reason.
“We heard motorists were failing to use the Karonga-Chitipa road and when we went to verify, we found the community and when we wanted to ask them they started pelting stones at us,” said Mlewa.
However, the police spokesperson could not confirm the death of a civilian.
“We have not received such information.What we know is that we managed to disperse the community with tear gas,” he added.
But a brother to the victim, Vincent Kasunda confirmed the death and identified the deceased as a 44 year old Master Kasunda.
” Malawi Police have killed my brother,” said Kasunda.
Some of the communitymembers told Nyasa Times that the police knows what they were protesting for.
“They have arrested three of our traditional leaders, namely, GVH Kalambo, Njeghenje and Mwenitete,” one said.
The community also accused the law enforcers for looting goods in their shops and homes during the operation.
Mlewa admitted Police have arrested three traditional leaders on three grounds, proposing violence, malicious damege and robbery with violence.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :