Suspect in for tear-gassing event

Police in Blantyre have arrested Ernest Chirambo on allegations that he released teargas that caused confusion at the Malawi vs Zambia music show at Robins Park in Blantyre on Friday night last week.

National police spokesperson Rhoda Manjolo confirmed Chirambo is in police custody at Soche Police station.

“I can confirm that Chirambo has been arrested on allegations that he released teargas and is in police custody. We are currently investigating and we will inform the public on the charges the suspect will be answering,” said Manjolo.

The spokesperson also revealed that Chirambo is an ex-police officer who was sacked sometime back.

The incident happened midway through the show when many people were at the entrance trying to get into the hall. The teargas was released silently and it all started with one person complaining about pain in the eyes and nose. Within a short time, the stingy gases were all over the area with some people leaving the gate area to distant positions for relief.

Black Missionaries band manager Ray Harawa said they are saddened by the incident.

“We are not happy with the practice. People attend shows for entertainment and not to be subjected to pain. We are happy that the police have identified the suspect and we expect the law to take its course,” said Harawa.

On behalf of all musicians who performed on the day, Harawa apologised to patrons that were affected by the teargas.n

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