Four Malawians shot dead in Mozambique


Four men who were among some 24 Malawian nationals travelling to South Africa on the night of April 23, were shot dead by unidentified gunmen wearing military attire at Catandika in Mozambique.

During the attack, three other people in the group sustained gunshot wounds and were rushed to Chimoio Hospital in Mozambique.

Among the wounded are two men and a woman.


According to the survivors of the attack, on this fateful night, the lorry they were travelling in was stopped at a checkpoint. As they were being quizzed, the gunmen opened fire at the four people in the front seat, including the driver, killing them on the spot.

“Knowing the situation had gotten out of hand, we at the back jumped out of the lorry. As we fled, three other people were shot,” narrated one survivor.

Confirming the incident, Mwanza Immigration Public Relations Officer, Pasqually Zulu, said that the 24-member group, was travelling from Mangochi and Machinga districts through the Maputo route to South Africa.


“It is claimed that the shooters were in military uniform but we are yet to confirm those reports”, said Zulu

According to Zulu, 17 of the 24 Malawians returned to Malawi on Saturday. Currently, arrangements are underway to bring back the three other survivors that were wounded and the bodies of the dead.

The immigration official further added that since Mozambique is experiencing instability, such incidents are likely to happen. As such, Malawians going to South Africa have been advised to use the Nyamapanda Bridge Route.

“The Maputo route where the incident happened is one of the most dangerous places at the moment. The route is not safe to use when going to South Africa but you find that some people from the Eastern region districts, Mzimba and Thyolo still use the same road”, added Zulu

Malawians travelling abroad are advised not to use open vans or lorries but instead encouraged to use certified buses.

Zulu expressed concern over the resistance his office has been facing regarding travel safety as most people pay a deaf ear to the advice they are given.

For several months now, there have been political turmoil in Mozambique, as government forces have been clashing with the Mozambican National Resistance (Renamo) in Tete Province since July last year .

This has resulted in the flight of over 12,000 Mozambican asylum-seekers into Malawi.

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