Police fight civilians in Thyolo, 2 shot

Malawi police and civilians conflicts resurface  on Monday at Bvumbwe Trading Centre in Thyolo where running battles between the two sides created tension as community members allegedly sought to avenge the shooting of two of their colleagues by a police officer.

Riot police in Bvumbwe 

The conflict was sparked by a brawl on Sunday night between two civilians and an unidentified police officer at a beer drinking joint. The police officer, who was allegedly beaten by the civilians,  attempted to arrest one of them on Monday and resisting arrest the police officer shot him on his right-hand side of the chest.

The shooting victim’s colleague tried to approach the police officer but he  too also got shot in the process.

After the second person got shot, people were infuriated even more as they blocked the  Limbe-Thyolo-Mulanje-Muloza Road around Bvumbwe with stones and burning tyres until a reinforcement from Limbe Police Station moved in to quell the situation.

Limbe Police Station spokesperson Patrick Mussa confirmed that two civilians were shot at Bvumbwe, but they are  “still investigating the matter.”

He said police are expected to release a full report on what happened.

Mussa, who said that no arrest had been made in connection with the incident, said police took the two civilians to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) in Blantyre.

He also said he was yet to get the identities of the shot civilians.

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7 months ago

Let’s be supportive to our Police service. They might have been executing their duties and then disturbed in the process

National Ceo
National Ceo
7 months ago

Previously we had a war of words between the Chewa and Tumbukas, including the Ngoni (in some cases the Yao, Lhomwe, Sena were also taken as the Chewa dragged into the battle which was not theirs) But now it seems the game has changed, its the Chewa and the Lhomwe) Now I can really see which tribe is a problem in Malawi. Please let’s change.

Last edited 7 months ago by National Ceo
John chidongo
7 months ago

Police inali kale. Pamene anali odzilemekeza okha komanpano zibwana zachuluka. No discipline, corruption and unkept no professional. Worst with those 2 tambala reflective jackets. Shoo. Anzanu nthawi ya Kamuzu amavala Dr Martin zili sapato. Pano kumangolezedwa mpaka kumenyedwa ndi anthu. Ma law enforcers a pa Malawi amenewo hehede! Amangidwe.

Bussing Twins
7 months ago

At least our colleagues had free entertainment. It’s rare to watch free gun fights in Thyolo.

Bushman Chiphwafu
7 months ago

So is how Malawi will remain

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
7 months ago

The drunkad officer was overpowered but that didn’t/can’t mean to take a gun..he must be arrested.
Dear Police IG,where is the outcome of those police officers who raped Nsundwe women,did you arrest them??cam you and please….
Bwana IG,we need a corrupt free Police Service in your tenure,mwamva?This issue(s)must not die,they(police rapists)must be arrested.

Mzakwacha Nixon
Kwazulu Natal
+27724922299

[email protected]

hardware
hardware
7 months ago

The issue started due to a fracas when purchasing fertilizer. police was called and it turned deadly

Khekhi
Khekhi
7 months ago
Reply to  hardware

Wrong version of the story

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

Bvumbwe police are known to be very corrupt and sooner or later there will be disaster at this police unit. Chakwera said he will reform the police but so far the police are even worse. Imagine the Nsundwe issue has been swept under the carpet because most of the police officers who were involved in the rape are from the central region and related to the IG.

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
7 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Leave Chakwera out if this please

Hate it or take it but it's a fact

Ofcourse the shooting was bad but u Lomwes learn to respect the new government. It’s not your Cadet running the government any longer, this is new administration and u need to accept that otherwise bullets will overflow in your body till u realise that Peter Muntharika and Charles Mchacha are not at the helm.

Jesus is Lord
Jesus is Lord
7 months ago

Such comments have the ability to fuel the violence. Let us not use fuel to quench out fire. We are one Malawi. The issue in Thyolo must be investigated and proper action be taken on the found to be wrong. The police officer abused his power by firing at innocent and armless citizens. He should have conceided defeat in the civil fight.

Cairo
Cairo
7 months ago

You are very stupid, wamva? What has that to do with the Lomwes? Do you know what Bvumbwe trading centre consists of? Its a matter of looking at the issue objectively. Someone has commented that Bvumbwe Police are very corrupt, so you want that to be defended, nonsense.

Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
7 months ago

If you don’t have a comment why can’t you just keep quite. The people who are short are malawians. Every citizen must condemn the shooting. If no arrest can be made this can cause great anger in the victims friends. Since police officer is using a government gun as his weapon for protection against people he provokes, the community can also use other means to avenge. As malawians let us keep our identity as law abiding citizen. Let’s allow our law enforcers do it’s job on the matter. Let peace prevail. I wish the victims quick recovery. I condemn the… Read more »

IG Kainja
7 months ago

iwe ndi kape aise mwana onyera mmadzi iwe wangokula mkabudula ulibe mzeru

maxon phiri
7 months ago
Reply to  IG Kainja

This is how it feels when you guys insult the Chewa people by calling them “Nyau”

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
7 months ago
Reply to  maxon phiri

We all know that Chewas have a long standing conflict with the Tumbuka people and not the Lhomwe, otherwise other tribes fail to stay peacefully with the Tumbukas since they think that we are all Chewas. Becareful you can be exposed you children of the devil. why do you want to have conflicts with any tribe that is doing well in this country? Moyo wa zilombo umenewo.

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  IG Kainja

Am not of your status Cadet, I don’t deal with brainless person like u. I didn’t know that Lomwes also feel pain . U were on forefront insulting other tribes ie Tumbukas and Chewas but now it’s your turn feel it and cry loud till your Mbwiyanu at Nyekwe palce can hear.

National Ceo
National Ceo
7 months ago

For your own information, Bvumbwe is a Ngoni area and Even T/A Bvumbwe is a chief of Ngoni people in Thyolo. Please have good knowledge of your country. There are remnants of Ngoni people in Thyolo (some died after eating buffalo beans also known as Kalongonda at Maravi mountain which was a war tactic by the Lhomwe) These people are never fools, they are clever.

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