Angry people in T/A Chakhadza’s Area in Dowa on Tuesday October 6, 2020 vandalized Bowe Police Unit while baying for the blood of a habitual criminal who was under police custody.
Prior to the incident, community members at Bowe Trading Centre apprehended ex-convict identified as Patrick Eneya 26, on allegation that he stole a motorcycle. He was later handed over to police.
When news broke out that Eneya was in police cells, angry residents stormed the police facility and demanded for his release while baying for his blood.
Chiefs in the area tried to reason with their subordinates to stop the fracas.
In no time, a group of people in gulewamkulu regalia (masquerades) arrived and started vandalizing the facility.
The suspect was later rescued by a team of law enforcers from Mponela police station.
The suspect, Patrick Eneya will appear before court soon to answer a case of theft once investigations are over.
Meanwhile, the Officer In-charge for Mponela Police Station Mr. Clement Gulo (Senior Assistant Commissioner of Police) has advised community members to refrain from taking the law into their own hands.
The ex-convict, Eneya, hails from Kachitibu Village, T/A Chakhaza in Dowa and was pardoned last year from Maula Prison after being convicted of a similar offence.
Inspector Kaitano Lubrino, Public Relations Officer,
Mponela Police Station.