A Rwandan national, Balabasha Ausgustine (71) who was living at Dzaleka refugee camp has been killed by unknown assailants on Sunday, 20 October, Dowa police public relations officer Sub Inspector Gladson M’bumpha has confirmed the incident.

M’bumpha said the victim was staying alone within Dzaleka Refugee Camp, Blantyre Location, where he was also selling locally brewed wine with the help of his 27-year-old servant Alick Chioza from Besela Village in Traditional Authority Msakambewa in Dowa.

“On October 20, the servant Alick Chioza knocked off and left Ausgustine with two unknown refugees who were insisting that they would not leave the bar until they had emptied their bottles of beer,” said the PRO.

M’bumpha further said the victim was later found dead on Monday inside his house with both hands tied.

“Upon receipt of the matter, police rushed to the scene and took the dead body to Dowa District Hospital to establish the cause of death.

“Postmortem conducted at Dowa District Hospital showed that the victim died due to internal bleeding,” M’bumpha said.

He further said Ausgustine’s belongings were found scattered all over the house.

The police also discovered that some items such as one Samsung cellphone, one DVD Player, one Gotv decoder and one flash disk had been stolen.

Meanwhile, police have launched a manhunt for the culprits.

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