Angry residents around Kamwendo Trading Centre in Mchinji district on Tuesday morning pelted stones at Kamwendo Police Unit, charging the officers have overstayed and take part in criminal activities.
Kamwendo often experiences crime, which is said to be currently on the rise.
The commotion started when villagers noted a suspect casually handcuffed to a tree outside the unit, raising questions of security and seriousness.
“They must go and be replaced by others. We think they have overstayed and take part in criminal activities,” said one angry villager.
Police confirmed the incident and said officers were currently engaged with leaders to map a way forward to assist the two parties assist each other to secure the area.
Police were engaged in running battles with Kamwendo residents, after the discussions errupted into chaos.
A woman anda some children have been arrested by the police for pelting stones – prompting the residents to demand that these be released first before more discussions can continue.
Since police are refusing to release them, the villagers started pelting the law keepers once again, forcing police to unleash teargas – engaging into cat and mouse chase towards the secondary school and confusing business at the entire trading centre.