An angry mob in Ndirande Township, Blantyre, yesterday demolished seven houses following the suspicious death of a resident.
Police, who were called to quell the situation, have confirmed the incident.
The scuffle followed the alleged killing of 30-year-old Sandram Gan, who was reportedly poisoned by his girlfriend [name withheld].
An eye witness, Jonas Thyangathyanga, said the two had gone on a drinking spree on Wednesday at one of the drinking joints in the township.
While there, the girl allegedly put poison in her boyfriend’s beer and Gan started vomiting blood and was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital where he died later.
In reaction, members of the community organised themselves and descended on the girl’s father compound where they petrol-bombed and demolished houses.
Ndirande Police spokesperson, Edna Mzingwitsa, said the police are hunting for the suspect who is on the run.
“We received a report from Gan that his phone has been taken away by the girlfriend. We wrote a letter summoning her to come to police station and handover the phone, but she did not come.
“When Sandram got home, the two started quarreling. Later, we received a report that the man was ill and vomiting blood. He was taken to the hospital. While there, we received another report that he had passed on,” Mzingwitsa said.
When The Daily Times visited the scene, the suspect’s father had sought refuge at the police station.
Gan hailed from Matope Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni, Blantyre.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.