Mchinji Chief, Villagers In Custody Over Land Dispute 

Group Village Headman Langa of Mchinji and four of his subjects are in police custody for allegedly maliciously destroying four acres of maize crop.

Mchinji Police Station PRO Kaitano Lubrino told Mana that Police arrested the chief and four villagers on suspicion they destroyed the maize crop belonging to Mary Lungu of Dikilani Village in area of Traditional Authority Nyoka in the district.

Lubrino told Mana on Thursday that Group Village Headman Langa, real name Roderick Langa, organised more than 20 villagers who went to the farm during the small hours of December 15.

Upon reaching the farm, it is alleged that the chief and his group armed with machetes, hoes and other weapons threatened Joseph Chirwa, 38, who was working on the land and started uprooting the maize crop and that after destroying four acres of land, the irate group planted soya bean on the same land.

Lubrino quoted the complainant, Mary Lungu, who claims to own the land as saying that she inherited the farm which covers 36 acres of land from her parents.

Following the development, the police arrested the chief on Wednesday together with four others who included a woman and three men.

All the five suspects have been jointly charged with malicious damage and are expected to appear before court to answer the charge.

The suspects–Roderick Langa (GVH),48, Annie Zulu,56, Guga Sakala,54, Golden Zulu,44, and Fred Mbewe,56–all come from Langa Village.  (By Sarah Munthali, Mchinji, December 29, Mana)

10 Responses to "Mchinji Chief, Villagers In Custody Over Land Dispute "

  1. Macnote Ngwira   December 30, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Let the law take action, moreover they have damage the crops while Malawi is in need food, its like to compete with the government in food strategic plan.

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  2. Gwede   December 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

    Sono amazuliranji m’merawo? Ndimbuzi mfumu imeneyo eti? Shupiti zake

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  3. Home   December 30, 2016 at 10:27 am

    It is high time that government should strip some of the powers that local chiefs have.for instance they grab land at will if you don’t agree with them on certain issues. Especially they punish the marginalised groups.if the chief is aman priority goes to women on certain secret favours.change must come.we must revisit our old laws on chieftency once and for all

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  4. Inno Kwachakale   December 30, 2016 at 2:52 pm

    That is Langa village. I know it.

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  5. Ine   January 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    Fabricated story, complete bulshit. You should follow up muone nkhaniyi Ito ithere muona Kurtis mwalemba zopanda chilungamo. Muzachita manyazi.

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