The destroyed forestry office

TWO days after The Express reported that Mulanje Mountain Forestry guard reportedly shot dead a charcoal burner on Thursday; police in the district have arrested the guard in connection to the incident.

Police say on the day, the suspect, Masautso Gulani and a colleague were on duty within Mulanje Mountain.

While there, they found a group of people burning trees for charcoal.

“In exercise of duty, Gulani, who had a rifle, shot one of the people in the head leaving him for dead while the rest fled for their lives,” said Mulanje Police spokesperson, Gresham Ngwira.

Relatives of the shot person organised themselves and took the dead body to the forest office where they destroyed property whose value is currently unknown.

Following the report, police visited the scene and took the dead body to Mulanje District Hospital for postmortem where results showed that the deceased, Loudon Joshua, died due to severe head injuries.

The suspect aged 46, fled to an unknown destination before surrendering himself to police the following day.

He will appear in court on Monday to answer murder charges that contravene section 209 of the penal code.


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