A fight between two young men over a K100 bet ended in a tragedy in Lilongwe on Thursday as they both lost their lives.
The incident took place at a pub in Area 49 along Kaunda Road.
Police have confirmed the incident and they have identified the two as Wanangwa Nyirenda, age not advised, of Muzwanthi Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabulabo in Mzimba and Zakif Latif, 22, of Chiuzira Village, T/A Tsabango in Lilongwe.
Witnesses said Nyirenda and Latif, both drivers, engaged in a fight on Thursday morning after they had played a pool game they had all betted K100 on.
Latif, according to the source, had lost the game but he refused to honour his bet, a thing that angered Nyirenda hence, the fight.
Nyirenda allegedly hit Latif hard on the nose and the fight ended there—or so the on-lookers thought—only to start again late in the afternoon when Latif returned armed with a knife.
“When they met again at the pub, Latif charged towards Chawanangwa wielding a knife and before we knew it, he stabbed him in the chest and fled,” explained the source.
Latif then quickly jumped into a minibus and sped off heading toward town, said the witness.
But a group of about seven on-lookers jumped into another vehicle and chased after the minibus which they intercepted near African Bible College (ABC) where they flushed the assailant out and took him back to the place where Nyirenda lay in a pool of blood.
“The moment they arrived with him here, an angry mob stoned him to death,” explained the source.
He said the police intervened and shot in the air to disperse the people but they could not contain the angry mob.
Bodies of Latif and Nyirenda were at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) in Lilongwe on Saturday pending post-mortem, according to Esther Mkwanda, Kanengo Police Station spokesperson. n