Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Paul Chibingu has deplored the shooting of a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier in Zomba, describing the incident as regrettable.
The minister has since called for peaceful coexistence between MDF and Malawi Police Service (MPS).
There was tension in Zomba on Sunday following the shooting of Lance Corporal Prince Lameck by an MPS patrol officer on Saturday night.
In an interview in Lilongwe yesterday on the sidelines of a workshop on result based management for senior police officers, Chibingu said despite the fact that he was yet to be formally briefed on the incident, it was regrettable that things had turned out that way.
He said: “What happened in Zomba is regrettable. As government, we are very sad with the death of our soldier, but I would like to appeal to both the MDF and the police to coexist peacefully.
“Both the Malawi Police and MDF provide security in the country and they need to work together because we have the same agenda. Although the incident is very regrettable, I would like to urge the soldiers not to overreact.”
Deputy Minister of Defence Jappie Mhango agreed with Chibingu that the incident was unfortunate and asked police officers and MDF soldiers to coexist peacefully.
MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda said Lameck, from Phwandaphwanda Village, in Traditional Authority Nkalo in Chiradzulu, was buried with full military honours. He was born on May 17 1987 and joined MDF on January 3 2008.