Vendors in commercial town of Limbe, Blantyre city on Wednesday reacted angrily to Malawi Police after the law enforcers shot dead a minibus tout.
Eye witnesses say Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) officials, accompanied by police officers, were in an operation at Limbe Bus Deport checking vehicle documents but when they came across a minibus registration number NB1728 they wanted to impound it because it had no tax discs.
The driver of the minibus reportedly refused to hand over the keys to the tax collectors and then there was a commotion with some vendors attempting to snatch a gun from the police officer who in turn pulled the trigger to shoot a tout.
Southern Region police spokesman Ramsy Mushani identified the deceased as Limited Mitozo, 43 of Dzanjuja village in Nsanje District.
Mushani however said the shooting was accidental.
“The police officer was trying to protect himself from the attack,” he said.
“He accidentally killed the man who was not involved in the incident,” he said.
Mushani also confirmed that police vehicle registration number MP2328 was stoned and its windscreen was destroyed by vendors.