Police arrest 7 over shop thefts after protests: Woman demands compensation after being shot

Malawi Police in Mponela, Dowa have arrested seven people in connection with the break in and theft from shops following violent protests from students over the killing of a fellow student in a road accident.

Looters take advantage

Police spokesperson Kondwani Kandiado said more arrests should be expected.

The students from Army Secondary School were protesting the late coming of police to a road accident at Mponela when a speeding vehicle hit to death a student on Sunday on her way to church on a bicycle taxi.

Kandiado said other people joined the protests and broke Peoples’s supermarket and Chinese shops at the trading centre where they looted various items.

Some people even vetted their anger on motorists.

A journalist said he was chased by angry looters when he was taking pictures of people looting shops.

The kabaza rider who carried the deceased student survived the accident and is critically injured.

‘Pay for shooting me’

In Liwonde, a woman who was shot at by police during riots which ensued in the Township last week, has asked the police to pay for her medical expenses.

Georgina Maguza, 40, was accidentally shot at by police during the fraca that ensued after students of Mawira Private School torched the house of a businessman Victor Mtuwa accusing him of kidnapping a female student.

They torched the house, burning property worth K80 million in the process.

The said girl was found alive in Lilongwe.

About 32 people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Maguza said she just felt her leg numb and later fell unconscious after a stray bullet hit her.

She then said the police should pay for medical expenses and compensation. Spokesperson for Machinga Hospital Clifton Ngozo said Mauza has a deep gun wound on her left limb.

Spokesperson for Machinga police said the police are awaiting for a medical report to chat the way forward on the matter.

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