Minister responsible for Homeland security, Richard Chimwendo Banda has directed that the shooting incident at Bvumbwe, in Thyolo which occurred yesterday Monday, must be investigated by Independent Police Commission.
In a press statement dated December 29 2020, signed by Malawi Police Service (MPS) National spokesperson James Kadadzera, which FCM TV online has in possession said the directive is in accordance with section 129 of the Police Act.
According to the statement, a preliminary investigations into the matter indicate that this month, Chipiliro Masikamu(now deceased) assaulted a police officer who is based at Bvumbwe Police station and the officer sustained head injuries.
Reads part of the statement: “A case file against the suspect was opened, however the suspect was at large.
“It has been established that the suspect was located on December 28 at Bvumbwe Trading Centre, a team of officers was advanced to effect an arrest.”
According to Kadadzera, the preliminary inquiry into the matter further reveals that the suspect and his friend was resisting arrest and attempted to grab a firearm from a police officer and in the process, the firearm was discharged.
Meanwhile, Kadadzera has confirmed that two lives were lost in the incident.
“The Malawi Police Service informs Malawians that there was a shooting incident that occurred at Bvumbwe Trading Centre in Thyolo on December 28, 2020.
“The incident claimsed two lives, that of Chipiliro Masikamu, 21 village Mbiza T/A Jenala Zomba and Solomon Mandindi 32, village Tayali T/A Bvumbwe Thyolo,” adds the statement.
The incident fueled tension in the area, as residents there battled with the police over the matter. Prompting the police to fire teargas, as relatives to the deceased threatened a revenge against the police officers.