A 28-year-old Malawian has been killed in alleged xenophobia attacks in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, The Nation has established.
The 28-year-old Dunken Banda of Chafira Chigowo Village T/A Malenga Mzoma in Nkhata Bay died on Saturday after being beaten up by thugs who are reportedly terrorising foreigners in Tanzania.
Several Malawians are fleeing Tanzania since the attacks started two weeks ago. The victims are leaving their property, businesses and jobs and a number of them have become destitute.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, Banda’s uncle, Alarm Manda, said his nephew was severely beaten up and his house was torched in the process over a week ago.
He was rushed to the hospital in Tanzania where he was battling for his life until Saturday when he died.
“It is over a week ago when we got the news that he had been severely assaulted. We arranged for a bus ticket with Taqwa Bus Services so he could come home but we learnt his condition was pathetic and his friends decided to take him to the hospital.
“It was horrible situation because we also learnt that his house and everything in it were set on fire. He was battling for his life at the hospital until Saturday when we got the sad news that he has died,” said Manda.
He said the family decided to have him buried in Tanzania due to challenges in repatriating the body to Malawi.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Ephraim Mganda Chiume could not be reached for comment as his phones were out of reach.
However, Minister of Information and Civic Education Moses Kunkuyu expressed sadness at the matter.
However, he said he could not comment much or link the death to the attacks as his office was waiting for a report from the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
“In any situation where life or property is lost due to brutal attacks, it is a sad development,” said Kunkuyu.