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A policeman in Mangochi shot a Form Three student at Nankumba over a quarrel that the student picked with his relative over mangoes on Saturday.

According to uncle to the student, Nathan Kanyerere, the 21-year-old student is battling for his life at Mangochi District Hospital after he was shot in both legs.

“Andrew Mpokosa fought with a friend over mangoes on Saturday and the mother to the other child reported the matter to Nankumba Police. He was summoned by police officers to appear before them and when he was going to honour the summons, he met the police officer who shot him in one leg and the bullet came out and entered the other leg at the knee joint,” Kanyerere said.

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He further said Mpokosa is currently hosting the bullet in his other leg where it is stuck and doctors are trying to find a way to remove it.

Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Joseph Sauka, confirmed the incident but could not explain as to what happened for the student to be shot.

“We are still investigating and we will give a detailed account of the incident after finishing the investigations. Be informed that the police officer who did this has been arrested and the boy is at Mangochi Hospital receiving treatment,” Sauka said.

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However, Mpokosa said the officer was arrested after relatives lost their patience and started manhandling him, a situation which could have culminated into the unleashing of mob justice on the police officer.

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