Police in Lilongwe fired in the air and tear gassed people to disperse an angry mob that was baying for the blood of a local pastor in Lilongwe’s Area 25 Township after reports that he had turned into a giant snake which turned out to be a hoax.
However, the mob vandalised a building which Foster Mbale, a pastor of Christ of All Nations Church, used as prayer house and some property including chairs.
The mob also set on fire vehicles belonging to the church.
Mbale was swiftly rescued by the police as the mob pressed to have him out for mob justice.
The shaken and trembling Mbale later said he did not understand what was happening.
“I just received a phone call from a pastor at our church that people were alleging that I have turned into a snake,” said Pastor Mbale.
The reports were fuelled by social media as some Facebook users posted unverified, malicious and defamatory posts that the pastor had turned into a snake.
“Malawians can fabricate matters, it happened just a few weeks ago to Pastor Simama and today it’s this. They have destroyed three vehicles and other church properties, but I will not stop ministering because I know the devil is afraid,” said Mbale.
He said at the time everything was happening he was at his Area 49 residence “watching Emmanuel TV.”
Mbale could not say why people decided to “cook such a story” against him.
Innocent Kumchedwa, a journalist working with Maziko Radio in Lilongwe, told Nyasa Times that the “whole thing was as a result of a sheer fabricated rumor.”
An eye witness who stays around the place where the façade happened and took to Facebook said “I stay close to the prophet. No one has seen the snake or the prophet himself. I was there and the truth about this story is not known. People have vandalized his property without evidence. Someone just cooked up the story.”
Police deputy public relations officer Kingsley Dandaula said the law enforcers has made a number of arrests of people whom damaged the church property.
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