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Man Paralyzed After Police Shot Him with Teargas Canister

Political violence that erupted on March 21 in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe when police dispersed angry UDF supporters demanding Atupele Muluzi’s immediate release left one person paralyzed and dumb.

The police shot 20 year old Thokozani Chinganyama on the head with a teargas canister. The boy is now lying in agony at Kamuzu Central Hospital in the city.

However, Malawi police spokesperson Davie Chingwalu says police are not aware of the incident.

“We have not received that report but we will investigate and come up with a report,’ Chingwalu told zodiak online by phone Thursday.

But sister to the victim, Mrs. Mafunase Tembo told Zodiak Online that Thokozani was catching a taxi when riot police shot him with the teargas canister on the head, left a cut, and some of the smoke engulfed his head.

“He was hit along Chidzanja road in Area 22 at Biwi Triangle as he was catching a taxi. He collapsed on the spot and since that time he has not spoken a word. He has been admitted at the hospital the same day (March 21) but the situation is not improving and his right arm is now paralyzed,” said Mrs. Tembo.

She said doctors have told them that they do not have a brain specialist at Kamuzu Central Hospital hence their relation needs to be taken outside Malawi for further medical attention.

“Of course we have been told that he will go to Daeyoung Hospital to see a specialist but they he still needs further medical attention outside Malawi,” she said.

A doctor who spoke on condition of anonymity, feared for the worst if no immediate medical attention outside Malawi is provided, saying the teargas poison is slowly destroying the young boy’s brain

“Teargas poison is slowly penetrating and damaging his brain. What will happen is that if the poison covers the whole brain, he will be completely paralyzed,” said the doctor.

When zodiak online visited the victim at his hospital, he could not utter a word and could also not move the paralyzed right arm. His relatives surrounded his bed, most of them shaking heads.

On Wednesday 21 March 2011, angry UDF supporters protested and blocked Paul Kagame High way demanding the release of Mr. Atupele Muluzi arrested by police the previous Sunday after his supporters clashed with the law enforcers.

The police were stopping Mr. Muluzi from addressing rallies in the city citing volatile political situation. Angry with this, the supporters set ablaze a police station.

Meanwhile, Atupele, son to former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi, is out on police bail and will appear in court on April 19 to answer chargers of disrespecting orders from a District Commissioner.—Zodiak Online

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0 #7 hebrews misomali 2012-04-03 11:42
Government will pay for this when we take over the country in 2014.I have no doubt that this DPP led government will ot make it in 2014 so let us keep account of what is happening in case we get to 2014 or any time theis government is gone, to make them pay for such things. Let us work as a team to send this governmen home and to get our country back from these terrorists.
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0 #6 IFE TONSE BOMA 2012-03-31 11:51
MAY THE ALMIGHTY GOD IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST LAY A HAND ON HIS BRAIN TO REMOVE THE GAS. THERE IS NOTHING IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD.
LET US PUT OUR FELLOW MALAWIAN IN PRAYERS OF HEALING. LET US DEDICATED EVERY MONDAY A PRAYER DAY FOR HIM AND FOR ALL MALAWIAN IN PAIN AND SICKNESS
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+1 #5 Timothy - Kawale 2 2012-03-30 18:25
So bad, wishing a quick recovary. Mr Atupele should do something help the victim get the right treatment out side this country.
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+2 #4 WK 77 2012-03-29 16:52
May God lay His miraculous hand inside your brain and remove the gas dear brother so that u're healed. Amen!
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-1 #3 Zoopsya 2012-03-29 16:01
Tionana 2014
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+4 #2 Twaha. 2012-03-29 15:42
Too bad for our mother Malawi..I hope Mr Atupele should stretch his helping hand on this young man..otherwise he might loose votes here if he dies or get wholy paralized.
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+2 #1 Munthu ndi munthu 2012-03-29 15:36
So bad. wish u a quick recovory
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