12 July 2015

Malawi: I Was Trying My Gun, Malawi Police Officer Says After Shooting Football Fan

A Malawi Police officer, stirred havoc at the Kamuzu Stadium today after he shot twice on a teenage football fan who he accused of stealing in a TNM Super League match between Mighty Wanderers and Moyale Barracks.

Malawi24 was told by an eye witness and Nomads fan, Mary Masamba that the police officer who after shooting the young boy believed to be aged 15 was heard saying "Ndakuuzani kuti ndimayesera ngati ndaoanga dala ngati" (I have told that I was only trying whether my ammunition was working or not".

In explaining what happened, Masamba who told Malawi24 that she was behind the young boy on the queue who she only identified as Edwin, said that it was after this that an irate mob threw missiles at police, while the law enforcers shielding their colleague.

To the surprise of many football fans who were in the stadium, there was tear gas from outside the stadium from what people did not know.

" Everyone who heard what he (the police officer) said got angry, Imagine someone shooting dead an innocent soul and saying that he was only testing his gun" wondered Masamba.

The police officer's identity remain unknown.

According to other eye witnesses, the young boy was no in any way gate crashing into the stadium or stealing from anyone.

After he was shot twice, a police vehicle rushed and carried him while shot on the abdomen twice to Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QECH).

However, some law enforcers were heard as claiming that the boy was stealing a mobile phone from one of the fans on the queue.

Unlike the sentiments from police, the young boy was only waiting for his turn to get into the stadium.

This was only about 5 minutes in the second half when the visitors led 1 nil through a Chrispin Fukizi.

The match was forced to stop for some minutes until the fracas stopped.

However, after a few minutes, the tear gas was only flown outside the stadium and the players on the pitch were all down.

The match stopped this time around for more than 15 minutes until the Nomads equalized through a Mapopa Kaunda flick in the dying minutes.

According to Sulom's Tiya Somba Banda, the fracas was not part of the match.

As we went to press, tensions were still mounting on police in the commercial city.

His death comes barely a month after another football fan who remained in a comma for a month died after he was shot in a fracas involving a game between Surestream F.C (Now FISD Wizards and Red Lions at the same venue.

Police are yet to talk to the media at the moment.

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