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Villagers ransack Mulli’s Estate

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An angry mob in Phalombe Wednesday set ablaze Thuchira Estate belonging to business magnet Leston Mulli, who manages Mulli Brothers Holdings Limited, (MBL) after his security officer allegedly shot and injured a 32-year-old man.

The development comes barely a month after another MBL Holdings Limited guard, Assan Juma, allegedly shot dead a teenager at Amalika in Thyolo. Juma was working at Smallholder Company.

The murder prompted villagers to gang up against the guard and later killed him.

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Confirming the Thuchira incident in an interview with The Daily Times yesterday, Phalombe Police Station Officer, Sikadadze Mkweche, said angry villagers from Phunduma Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mkhumba in the district razed the estate during a fracas with the farm’s guards.

However, Mulli said he was not aware of the incident.

But Mkweche said the villagers raided the farm after security officials shot and injured a 32-year-old Henry Maganga from Phunduma Village. Maganga was said to be among a group of men who were burning charcoal within the estate’s premises.

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Mkweche said the situation of the victim is stable and is responding to treatment at Migowi Health Centre.

“We received a report that guards at Thuchira Estate have shot a man on allegations that he was cutting down trees and burning charcoal at the estate. The victim came to our offices with other well-wishers and we directed him to Migowi Health Centre for treatment. He needed some dental help because he was shot on the chin,” said Mkweche.

And Mkweche added that the shooting provoked the villagers who invaded the farm setting it on fire in the process.

He said the fire destroyed the farm’s shelters, stocks of pigeon peas among others.

“The angry mob has also gone away with some green maize which was in the field, chickens and other poultry. They also went on rampage vandalizing a number of properties at the farm,” he said.

Mkweche could, however, not disclose the value of the damaged property as the police were waiting for an assessment.

According to Mkweche, police are currently keeping in custody the farm’s chief security adviser Mc Willardson Msusa aged 41.

“We have also seized his rifle,” said Mkweche.

He said Msusa will be answering charges of causing grievous bodily harm to an individual.

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