Some Malawians took the law in their hands when they beat to death a 38 year old Sheikh Majidu Mustafa in the lakeshore district of Salima in the country’s central region, Malawi News Agency has reported.
Police public relations officer for the district, Gift Chitowe, disclosed that the deceased was a senior Sheikh serving at Chapita Mosque in traditional authority Kambwiri in then district but is from Changamale village in the same traditional authority band district.
The police revealed that the deceased was caught red handed packing cassava tubers in a 50 kilogram sack.
“According to an eye witness, the deceased was apprehended in a garden and people started beating him until he became unconscious.
“It appears the deceased suffered many injuries and although he was later rushed to Salima District Hospital, he was pronounced dead upon arrival,” said the police publicist.
Malawi has been with hunger such that the country’s leader is going around supplying some food items to villagers. It is estimated that some 2 million people are hunger stricken. The country has a population of 14 million people.
For the past three weeks, Malawi has also been affected by floods and strong winds that have caused havoc in many districts leaving people homeless and destroying their property and crops raising fears of another year of hunger.