Muslims in Machinga protested on Thursday the brutal killing of their son, Police Officer Usamani Imedi by people of Msundwe during demonstrations organised by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said in an interview that Imedi was team leader of PMS officers deployed to quell violent acts around Msundwe along the Lilongwe-Mchinji Road where rioters had barricaded the road that is also an international gateway.
Reports indicated that the protesters wanted to block Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters from travelling to Lilongwe to attend a rally addressed by President Peter Mutharika in Kawale Township.
Vice President Everton Chimulirenji condoled the family of late Usumani Imedi
Speaking when he visited the bereaved family at Chilinda village Traditional Authority Makanjira in Mangochi, Chimulirenji said government was shocked to learn of the demise of the officer while on duty
Sheik Yasin Katungwe presented the petition to Machinga District commissioner Rosemary Nawasha, who promised to deliver it to relevant authorities.