‘They were just running off’: Malawi man charged with the killing of two boys in a stolen car
A Malawi court has charged a man with murder over the murder of two young boys in the stolen car of a former soldier who was later shot dead.
The 22-year-old suspect was arrested after a search of the stolen vehicle on Thursday night and has been remanded in custody.
Malawi’s President, Paul Biya, said he was “extremely shocked and saddened” by the murder and that the investigation into the killings had been “deeply painful”.
He said the case would be handed over to the police.
The two boys, aged 16 and 15, were kidnapped in the central Kalahari region by a group of five men on a motorcycle and taken to the village of Dili in Malawi’s south on September 10.
The boys’ mother, Jole, said she had been living in the area since she moved to the country in 2009 and that she and her husband were in a “perfect” marriage.
“We had just moved to this country, and our son had been a soldier,” she said.
“We were working in a factory.
He was a good boy.
We didn’t know how to live together.
We were so happy.””
But then one day they went out on the road and the motorcycle stopped, and we thought something was wrong.”‘
There was nothing left’When the men got out of the car, they ran towards a house on the other side of the road, Jule said.
The driver was shot and killed.
Three other men then shot at the men, but one of them was also shot dead, Jules said.
The police said the motive for the killings was still under investigation.
They also said that the suspects had stolen a car which was later found at a home in Dili.
“There was something missing,” Jules added.
The murder has drawn criticism from human rights groups and local communities.
Malawian Prime Minister Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday that he had ordered the investigation to be “independent and impartial” and urged the men’s families to come forward.
He said that “every aspect of the investigation must be made transparent” and that “no one is above the law”.
Malawi was once one of Africa’s richest nations and has an economy that has grown exponentially since independence in 1960.