Mob justice on the rise


The country continues to register cases of mob justice despite police calling for people to desist from taking the laws into their own hands.

On Saturday, people of Chisapo stoned to death a man who Lilongwe Police Publicist Kingsley Dandaula has identified as a Boston.

Boston was believed to have stolen two cellphones and money amounting to K20,000 from a man who resides in the same area on Friday night.


Dandaula said police arrived at the scene after Boston had already been killed.

“The man whose items were stolen apparently identified Boston and later in the morning gathered with his friends and went to the deceased’s house where they stoned him to death. The police took his remains to Kamuzu Central Hospital for a post-mortem,” he said.

Dandaula has since called on members of the general public not to take the laws into their own hands.


However, such sentiments have been made several times before but mob justice remains a big challenge, particularly in the country’s major cities.

Recently, Human Rights Consultative Committee Chairperson Robert Mkwezalemba faulted government for failing to provide security for the people, arguing many lost lives due to mob justice in 2016.

He said people are not adequately protected and institutions of justice and the police are not ably providing security to Malawians.

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