Thief killed in Lilongwe as mob justice takes over

A person suspected to be a regular thief in the capital city Lilongwe lost his life after an angry mob sentenced him to death,  executing the penalty by stoning and  beating.

Kondwani Mangani 36 , was stoned  to death in the early hours of Monday  in Area 23, when he was found in possession of a Digital Video Player  that he had stolen from Martin Chidalo of the same Area.

Police said they found the man “covered with stones and various other things the mob used to beat him.”

Some people who were at the scene felt sorry for what had happened to Mangani while others chanted songs, describing Mangani’s death a success in dealing with people terrorizing others.

What mob-justice looks like: Police says it is unacceptable

‘Police against mob-justice ’

Ramsey Mushani, Police Deputy Spokesperson for Central Region said:“We indeed received reports about the killing of a person suspected to have been a thief in Area 23, but by the time the police arrived, we found the person already dead.”

Mushani however, blamed the people of the area for taking the law into their hands.

He said mob-justice is un-acceptable, primitive and has no place in civilized society.

“One is not punished until proven guilty by a competent court of law. Mind you, it is only the court that is responsible for the conviction of people.”

“People are not supposed to take the law in their hands by punishing people who are suspects,” explained Mushani.

Mushani further complained about the killings, saying it affects the processes of investigations.

Meanwhile, the police has started investigations to establish people who were involved in the killing and once found they will be brought to the book.

Mangani hailed from Mpombwe Village, Traditional Authority Mkanda in Mulanje district.

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