Fracas at Nathenje over ‘resurrected person’


There was commotion at Nathenje Trading Centre in Lilongwe, yesterday, following reports that a person had resurrected and was being kept at Nathenje Police Station.

According to one of the people at the scene Gift Willy, people from the village just started sharing news that police at Nathenje were keeping in custody a man believed to have resurrected from the dead from a nearby village.

Then the people stormed Nathenje Police Station demanding the immediate release of the alleged person but chaos erupted when the police dismissed the rumour.


The development angered the villagers who stoned the police, forcing the law enforcers to disperse the group using tear gas.

Following the fracas, vehicles passing along the M1 Road had a difficult time after the road was temporarily blocked.

Apart from blocking the M1 road the angry people also stormed Nathenje Post Office, breaking its windows in the process.


In an interview Nathenje Police Officer-in-Charge, John Namalenga, confirmed the claims but dismissed reports that the police were keeping in custody the alleged person.

“Efforts to negotiate with some local leaders to calm the situation proved futile as the proposed search in all police cells did not convince the group,” he said.

He said so far no one has been injured or arrested.

One of the drivers passing through the stretch, Paul Manyamba, described the situation as very bad and dangerous, saying big stones were used to block the road making it impassable.

“I was travelling from Bwanju via Khwekhwerere and when I was driving towards Nathenje, I found stationary vehicles and I was advised not to proceed. Then there came a Malawi Defence Force vehicle and the villagers ran away. I followed the truck but I was pelted at from all angles. I had to throw out K5,000 so that the people could spare me. I was going to die,” Manyamba said.

He was, however, surprised that police officers were not doing anything about the stones blocking the road.

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