A Roman Catholic priest has been severely beaten by a mob of people in Chipata’s Mchini Compound after being mistaken for a thief.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner, Alex Chilufya has confirmed the incident to Breeze News.
Mr Chilufya says that Father Camille Konkobo who is from Rwanda was only saved by a police officer, who was in the area.
He explained that Father Konkobo was moving in the compound and people who saw him mistook him to be a thief because he was not able to explain what he was doing in local language, since he is not a Zambian.
Mr Chilufya says that Fr. Konkobo was taken to Chipata Central police station where he was detained and later released after he was identified by Chipata Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Benjamin Phiri.
And Mr Chilufya has warned members of the public to desist from taking the law into their own hands.
Mr. Chilufya says that despite the district recording an alarming number of criminal cases involving suspected Malawians, people have no right to beat up any foreigner they find wondering about in their compounds.
Meanwhile Mr. Chilufya says police are working with officers from ZNS, the Zambia National Service to scale up security on border lines to curb illegal entry of foreigners into the province.