Students set businessman’s house on fire over alleged kidnapping

Students of Mawira Private Secondary School in Liwonde Township in Machinga Monday night smashed and burnt down a house of businessman Victor Mtuwa allegedly for kidnapping a female student.

House set on fire

In an interview with on Wednesday, Police in Machinga confirmed the development adding the students and some Liwonde residents stoned the police who responded to the disorder.

Machinga Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), constable Davie Sulumba said the students burnt Mtuwa’s house in the low density housing area of Mawira where they  smashed and looted assorted household items on Monday night before setting the house on fire.

It is reported that the students went on rampage after it was alleged that a fellow student, Faith Kasiya, 21 went missing since March 7,2017.

The students suspected that Faith and other girls were kidnapped and were being kept by Mtuwa at a basement in his house.

However, no basement or anything similar to that was seen in the house when Mana toured the house.

Two Police Officers sustained head injuries with another three sustaining leg injuries during the fracas.

The five Police Officers were treated as out-patients, according to Sulumba who added that police from Zomba came in to beef up the law enforcement.

Business came to a standstill in the market area of Liwonde Township from around One o’clock in the afternoon Tuesday till evening.

Police have since arrested two people for burning Mtuwa’s house, three people for conduct likely to cause breach of peace and 25 people for inciting violence.

Currently, Mtuwa has lodged a complaint against the students for burning his house at Mawira.

Rumours are still circulating in Liwonde and on social media that Mtuwa kidnapped Faith and two other girls and kept them in a basement in his house.

Faith comes from Mpota Village, Traditional authority Zulu in Mchinji while Mtuwa comes from Mkumba Village, Traditional Authority Bwana Nyambi in Mangochi.

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el nino
el nino
5 years ago

this guy needs to be investigated thoroughly, and this story is very far from the truth,

5 years ago

madala! zochita zanu ndi zimodzi ndi mzanuyo? kodi mtsikanayo sanapezeke mnyumbamo? nanga ena alikuti? ngati sanapezeke nayo nde kuti njabodza nkhaniyo.

a police amanamizira kuti amateteza koma maganizo anga iwo anachedwa kuchitapo kanthu mwachangu nchifukwa chake anthu zinawanyansa.

learn to respond fast anthu akamakudziwitsani.

Kudzadza Lembwende
Kudzadza Lembwende
5 years ago

Police should investigate Mtuwa thoroughly. The guy does not work, does not do any business but he is rich and bought Late Mauwa’s compound from the blues. Since late 90s Mtuwa has been always been connected to kidnappings and killings in and around Liwonde. If the police were professional they could definitely found Mtuwa guilty. The guy is bad news, very bad news.

Dum Magulajena.
Dum Magulajena.
5 years ago

Explain correctly where are the other two girls and further more is Faith arrive if yes what evidence does she give after being kidnapped?

james tontolito
5 years ago

The business man is not wrong, what is wrong is that in Malawi we have a lot of illiteracy, envy and a backward mentality that make us think that when a person is rich then he or she is involved I Satanism or illicit rituals. Rarely do we think that a person can work hard and become rich. Rich people are being victimized for their hard work, its like being rich is a crime. Here is where Patricia Kaliati needs to come in, she has a lot of work to do as a minister of civic education. She needs to… Read more »

5 years ago

So, has Faith been found?

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