A family in Blantyre’s Chilomoni Township related to the late Dyson Mjojo, whose mysterious death prompted irate residents to torch Chilomoni Police Sub-station in June this year, has accused police officers of brutally torturing them during a dawn raid on Saturday.
Family members told The Nation police officers went to one of their relations’ house between 1am and 2am on Saturday to effect an arrest of two people on allegations that they incited violence that led to arson.
Speaking in an interview from a hospital bed at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital (QECH) where she is being treated after sustaining several injuries, including a fractured left arm and right leg due to the police beatings, Rose Malunga, a sister to the late Mjojo, said she was asleep with her family when police officers knocked on their door.
According to Malunga, the four police officers said they wanted to arrest her and her elder son, Madalitso, for their alleged involvement in the Chilomoni fracas.
Malunga said they were taken to Blantyre Police Station from where they were referred to QECH around 9am where her son was treated of his wounds and taken back to the station where he is being held.
In an interview on Monday, Blantyre Police Station spokesperson Elizabeth Divala said police went to the house around 11pm on Friday to make three arrests—including Malunga and her son—in connection with the violence.
On the assault allegations, Divala said usually when suspects are resisting arrest, there is some kind of struggle that takes place between the two parties and either one of them or both are likely to get injured in the process.
The late Mjojo, a mechanic in Chilomoni Township, was found dead on June 21 and the mystery surrounding his death made residents in the township cause havoc and later burnt down their police station on June 22.