Protesting mob in Zomba injures Cop, bullet injures civilian: Irate men torch vehicle in Nkhotakota

A protesting mob at Chinamwali in Zomba has injured a police officer whilst a civilian who was seated in an open vehicles was hit by a stray bullet as people protested against confiscation of charcoal by authorities.

Bloody attacks

Mathews Mkwapatira, assistant plantations officer for Zomba Plateau said officials from his office and the police were in an operation to confiscate charcoal in the area.

“As we did this, people mobilized themselves and started violent protests; they blocked the road and the situation was getting out of hand,” he said.

He said in the process a police officer got injured in the neck but said his injury is not life threatening.

Mkwapatira also said a civilian was hit by a bullet after a police officer shot in the air in the fracas to dispel the angry crowd.

He said the person was seated in an open vehicle.

Police public relations officer for Zomba Patricia Supriano said police are investigating the matter and refused to comment on the injuries.

People accuse the police and forestry officers of confiscating charcoal from poor people who want to earn a living but the charcoal ends up in officers homes or sold.

Government says the exercise is meant to deter people from burning charcoal an exercise blamed for the high rate of deforestation in the country.


Police in Khotakota  says angry community members on Saturday burnt to ashes a a vehicle belonging to a business person Umandi Bashir for allegedly assaulting and wounding three Indian nationals who work for Salima Sugar Factory in the district.

Nkhunga Police Public Relations Officer (PRO) Ignatius Esau identified the three as Ketan Patel, 47, Gaurang Patel, 25, and Yussuf Shelat, 40.

According to Esau, the three  attacked  after being suspedted  of plotting to steal his sugarcane when they were supervising a sugarcane haulage in anearby area.

He said the moved irked community members who torched Bashir’s vehicle.

Meanwhile, the police have arrested 39 year old Bashir from Kabafu Village in the area of Traditional Authority Kanyenda in the district for unlawful wounding, an offence that contravenes Section 141(a) of the Penal Code.
Esau said investigations are underway to arrest his accomplices.

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3 years ago

Those 3 Indians wanted to steal sugarcane. May be am failing to understand the story

3 years ago

If the officer was shooting in the air, how then did he shoot the civilian? Was the victim flying?

3 years ago
Reply to  MCHACHA

Are you trying to say if the officer shot in the air gravity will not bring the bullet down?

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3 years ago

When there are laws for the rich and others for the poor this is what happens. if today you go to the houses of those confiscating charcoal what are you going to find? On the other hand, we have to condemn the use of violence and mob just to deal with issues. Democracy is the rule of law.

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