Mob destroys house over murder allegation


There was commotion at Chinsapo in Lilongwe on Saturday after a body of a woman was found in a decomposed state.

The deceased, Martha Mwamunyila, was married to Lyson Mateyu but the couple was living in a house belonging to Mateyu’s parents.

The angry residents suspected that Mwamunyila was killed by her brother-in-law, Saidi, who was living in the same house.


When they found the body, the people started demolishing the house.

“This woman was living in this house. She went missing about a week ago, only to find her dead. They know something about it,” said one of the residents.

Lilongwe Police Station Public Relations Officer, Kingsley Dandaula, said police arrested Saidi in connection with the murder.


“When we heard about the incident, we rushed to the scene to find out what happened. We took family members to police for protective custody. We have, however, arrested Saidi in connection with the murder,” Dandaula said.

He, however, said Mateyu is at large.

Mwamunyila came from Mwankinja Village, Traditional Authority Kyungu in Karonga.

Her body was buried the same day at Biwi Cemetery in Lilongwe.

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