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No one above the law - Police

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The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has called upon the citizenry to avoid taking the law into its own hands, underlining no one is above the law.

The continued call comes as MPS officers in Mangochi have arrested two men for suspecting them of killing an 80 year old man through mob justice.

The crime of murder which is contrary to section 209 of the penal code attracts a maximum punishment of life imprisonment when one is found liable and convicted of the offence.

Mangochi Police Public Relations Officer confirmed the development and the arrest. According to Rodrick Maida this is the second mob justice in the month of August that has claimed two lives.

Maida told the Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the two suspects are Afiya Jefule, 24 and Bernard Masauko, 18 both from Matenganya village in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe in the lakeshore district.

The deceased is identified as Chiwonda Ajibu, 80 of the southern region district.

Maida said the two suspects had a sight problem and that on the particular night went out to relieve himself outside his house before meeting his fate.

“On August 23 in Matenganya village the deceased went out of his house to urinate in his birth suit. On his way back, he lost direction and was seen at the house of the two who feared that he could either be a wizard or a thief,” Maida said.

Maida said the two immediately began to assault the unsuspecting old man despite indicating that he had lost direction due to his poor sight.

He added that the old man was later taken to Chowe Police Unit where he was further referred to Chowe Health Centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival at the facility.

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