There was tension in Zomba City yesterday following the shooting of a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier by a patrol police officer at around 11pm on Saturday.
Yesterday morning, MDF soldiers dispersed a crowd that gathered at Zomba Police Station to get more information on the incident.
MDF spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Francis Kakhuta-Banda said in an interview yesterday an MDF soldier, identified as Lance corporal Prince Lameck from Phwandaphwanda Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Nkalo in Chiradzulu, was indeed shot dead by a police officer.
He said he could not give more details as investigations on the incident were ongoing.
He said: “Currently, details of the deceased are not ready as his next of kin have not been located and communicated to.
“Investigations as to what led to the shooting are being taken to come up with a comprehensive report.”
However, unverified information indicate that Lameck allegedly got into a fight with police officers on his way from a social joint when he tried to take away a gun from one patrol police officer who was quizzing him on what he was doing in the streets at a late hour.
Eastern Region Police spokesperson Thomeck Nyaude could neither confirm nor deny that the soldier was killed by a police officer, but said the registry has just recorded a shooting incident, which has no details as to who was shot and who did the shooting.
This is not the first time for police officers to shoot dead an MDF staff. In 1998, Army pilot Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gordons Dzineso was shot by patrol police as he drove on the M5 road connecting the Army Air Base and Zomba Town.