By Chikondi Lungu
The ground turned red in Mulanje after two suspected armed robbers were netted down and killed by a mob justice composed of tea pluckers in the district.
According to reports reaching Malawi Punch desk, the two suspects identified as a 32 year-old Edwin M’bwana and Chimwemwe Frank, 36, both with origins from Mbayani Township in Blantyre attacked police officers who were manning a roadblock at Ng’omba along Muloza-Mulanje Road.
According to Mulanje Police Public Relations Officer Gresham Ngwira, one of the thugs had a Parabellum (pistol) and shot Sub-Inspector Masautso Phiri on his left leg, grabbed an official BXP rifle before running into Mimosa forest.
“At around 08:30 in the morning of Wednesday two people wearing masks came out of a tea estate and invaded the road block and in the process our officer was injured,” explained Ngwira.
While down, the wounded officer gained his voice and shouted for a hand which in no time tea pluckers mob up and followed the thugs and managed to seize and kill them in the process.
According to reports the wounded officer was rushed at Mulanje District Hospital for treatment.
A post-mortem at the district hospital where the bodies of the culprits are being kept reveals that they died of internal bleeding sourced from the beatings.
Meanwhile National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera confirmed the development and thanked the villagers for their participation with the law enforcers.