Man flees from mob justice, hands himself to police0 Comments

By MANA-Online
Posted on 14 Feb 2014 at 1:22pm

mob justice in malawiAs the presentation of nomination papers by presidential candidates in the forthcoming Tripartite Election is underway at COMESA, some people are taking advantage of the gatherings to steal from unsuspecting party loyalists.

An unidentified man on Wednesday escaped mob justice when he was caught trying to steal a cell phone from a woman’s handbag as people enjoyed music from Lucius Banda while United Democratic Front candidate, Atupele Muluzi presented his papers to the Malawi Electoral Commission.

When the owner shouted for help, the mob, believed to be UDF supporters, descended on the man who had dreadlocks beating and stamping upon him by the irate supporters at will.

He however, got a chance to get up and that was when he ran for his dear life to hand himself over to Traffic Police officers who were close enough to rescue him.

He was then whisked away to the Southern Region Police headquarters as the angry mob warned the police against letting him go scot-free.

“Ngati mukumufunira zabwino ameneyo mukamutsekere koma mukangomusiya zamoyo yiwale. (lock him up if you wish him well otherwise his life is at risk here),” voices were heard as saying.

Southern Region Police Public Relations Office was not readily available for comment as the officers were reportedly busy with other official duties.

There were other cases that people who went to see the candidates, lost their valuables as the young Muluzi paraded in the Masauko Chipembere Highway bringing business to a standstill in the town.

In a related development, one of the presidential aspirants, Kamuzu Chibambo of People’s Transformation Party has withdrawn from the presidential race.

Unconfirmed reports indicate that Chibambo failed to raise nomination fees pegged at K1 million while other reports indicate that party officials were at the banks depositing the money and were asking for a reschedule to a later date.

Malawi goes to the first ever tripartite elections on May 20 this year, a development Malawians are looking forward to with so much anxiety.