Police refutes Zodiak ‘breaking news’ on killings at Liwonde

Police in Machinga have refuted a story on Zodiac Broadcasting Station (ZBS) which alleged the Police in Machinga shot dead two people at Liwonde Road Block Sunday.

Police Public Relations Officer, Sergeant Amos Tione said in an interview that Machinga Police was greatly shocked to hear the story unday afternoon as breaking news and Sunday evening during news bulletin.

Tione said a group of people were on traditional ‘boys’ initiation procession crossing Shire River on Kamuzu Barrage heading to Liwonde Road Block.

Upon reaching the Road Block, the police opened one part of the road block barriers to allow the procession to pass when some people within the procession tried to force open the other barrier.police image

The situation went out of hand when the police were trying to let the procession use one barrier other than both barriers for the sake of traffic which was also flowing using the same road block.

Taking advantage of the situation, the people started throwing stones at the police who responded by teargasing the stone throwing crowd, according to Tione.

The Police publicist said five police officers and three people within the crowd were stoned and sustained head and body injuries.

Eight people were arrested for conduct likely to cause breach of peace and for unlawfully wounding, according to Tione who added that the eight were locked up at Liwonde Police Station cells until an angry crowd stormed the road block police post where they smashed window panes.

“There was no killing as ZBS alleges,” said Tione.

He therefore advised ZBS to get credible sources and verify facts.

“It was unfortunate that the Zodiak  carried the Liwonde Road Block story as breaking news when the story was written with emotions and was full of misrepresentation,” Tione said.

Meanwhile the eight suspects will appear before court to answer various charges ranging from conduct likely to cause beach of peace to unlawful wounding.

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