Police in Rumphi have arrested 35-year-old Khwima Nyasulu on allegation that he killed his 49-year-old fellow tenant over meat.
The deceased has been identified as Lenard Chunda from Mahowe Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nthalire in Chitipa District.
Police investigations indicate that both the deceased and the suspect were both tenants at a certain farm at Msakachuma Village around Hewe area.
It is alleged that on December 1, 2019, the employer of the two bought meat for them to cook and after cooking it, the two later went to drink beer and it was Leonard Chunda who left the drinking place first together with another fellow tenant whom they went home together since it was late.
The suspect came home around midnight and found the two other tenants fast asleep and the suspect awakened the other two tenants demanding supper.
The two tenants told the suspect to take the food at the usual place where they usually keep the food and upon opening the pot of relish, the suspect started accusing his fellow tenants to have used more pieces meat when they were taking their supper.
Later, a quarrel broke out and the suspect started assaulting Lenard Chunda while the other tenant escaped from the house and shouted for help.
When the neighbours and the tenant’s employer came, they found Chunda lying unconscious in a pool of blood.
Chunda was taken to Katowo Health Centre where he died while receiving treatment and postmortem conducted established that death was caused due to bleeding secondary to a cut on the backbone.
The suspect who comes from Lubagha Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mwahenga in Rumphi will appear before court soon to answer a charge of murder contrary to Section 209 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, police have cautioned members of the general public not to take the laws in their own hands if there are disagreements but rather report to relevant authorities who can help to solve the issues at hand.
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