Officer- in charge of Neno police Station Hanleck Chingolo told Mana on Thursday that Malinga who was working as a sales agent for Nyasa Manufacturing Company met his fate on Wednesday (11/01/23) at Magaleta village where he was discharging his duties.
“Late Malinga met Edward Batoni and his two accomplices (Now deceased) who were armed with a pistol. He was shot and robbed of his unknown valuables and the three suspects later fled the scene,” Chingole said.
He said Batoni together with his two deceased friends headed towards the main road that connects Zalewa trading center and Mwanza boma.
The Station Officer added that some people who were monitoring them at a distance alerted their colleagues at Chifunga Trading Centre about what the three thugs had done and people mobilized themselves and apprehended the three suspected criminals at Chifunga Trading Centre.
“Several people organized themselves waiting for the suspected criminals. When they arrived at Chifunga Trading Centre they were surrounded by community members who apprehended them and assaulted them badly,” he said.
He said in the process, community members recovered a pistol from them plus three live ammunition.
He added that the three were tied and the mob poured petrol on their bodies to set them ablaze but luckily police officers from Zalewa were tipped about the incident and rushed to the scene and rescued Edward Biton and his two accomplices who were later pronounced dead at Lisungwi hospital where they were referred for treatment.
Chingolo said the victim (Malinga) died of a fatal gunshot wound at Queens Elizabeth Central Hospital where he was referred from Mwanza district hospital.
He said the survivor ( Batoni ) 44, who hails from Mkwate, in the area of Traditional Authority Kapeni in Blantyre has been referred to Queen Elizabeth Central hospital for further treatment.
He added that the body of the late Malinga who hailed from Chikolosa village in the area of T/A Kanduku in Mwanza was at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital morgue awaiting post-mortem and the two bodies of the criminals have been deposited at Mwanza district Hospital mortuary awaiting post-mortem and identification.