An Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) guard at Mbenje Admarc market, in Nsanje District, Monday accidently killed a villager with his pump gun, a situation that prompted the villagers to steal maize and other valuables that were stored at the market.
The development comes after President Peter Mutharika declared Malawi a state of disaster in the wake of hunger that is likely to affect three million households this growing season.
Nsanje Police Station Officer-in-Charge, Kilby Kaunga, said the guard, Anderson Kamsefa, killed the villager in the commotion that erupted after large numbers of people who wanted to buy maize at the market scrambled to access the staple food.
Kaunga said that the commotion forced the Admarc guard to fire a shot in the air to scare the people. Unfortunately, he said, the guard forgot to engage the safety catch on his rifle and someone accidentally corked the trigger while the gun was at the guard’s back.
He said that the released bullet landed on a community policing member, Lyson Biseki, who was helping in controlling the situation.
“I can’t tell the number of bags that have been stolen but we have deployed police officers who are investigating the matter to recover some of the stolen maize. We will be able to tell how much has been stolen once we receive a report from Admarc officials,” Kaunga said.
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