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Minister demands probe into Bvumbwe shooting

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James Kadadzera

Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda has directed Malawi Police Service (MPS) to invite Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate an incident where a police officer is alleged to have shot dead two people at Bvumbwe Trading Centre in Thyolo District.

He says he is calling for an independent investigation into the matter in accordance with Section 129 of the Police Act.

A statement which national police spokesperson James Kadadzera has signed indicates that the Homeland Security Minister has directed that the incident should be independently investigated.

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In the statement, the law enforcers indicate that a preliminary inquiry has revealed that the suspect and his friend were resisting arrest and attempted to grab a firearm and, in the process, the firearm was discharged.

‘‘It has also been established that the suspect was located on December 28 at Bvumbwe Trading Centre and a team of officers advanced to effect an arrest,’’ the statement reads.

Meanwhile, the Police have confirmed that two people died in the Monday shooting at Bvumbwe Trading Centre.

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‘‘The incident claimed two lives, that of Chipiliro Masikamu, 21, Mbiza Village, T/A [Traditional Authority] Jenala, Zomba and Solomon Mandindi 32, of Tayali Village, T/A Bvumbwe, Thyolo,’’ the statement reads.

A document, which The Daily Times has seen, indicates that a preliminary inquiry revealed that, early this month, Chipiliro Masikamu (now deceased) assaulted a police officer who is based at Bvumbwe Police Station and the officer sustained head injuries.

It adds that a case file was opened but the suspect was at large.

Some commentators have condemned the police for using their weapons wrongly.

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