‘Guilty conscious’ forces Malawi soldier to shoots self to death in DRC- Suicide notes

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    A Malawi Defense Force (MDF) soldier who has committed suicide by shooting himself while on a peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) says he has done so largely because of guilty conscious about his activities in the DRC.

    Ngwira: Malawi army man shot himself to death with his service weapon while on duty in DRC

    In his suicide note seen by Nyasa Times private soldier sergeant Moses Ngwira from Chirumba Garrison in Karonga says he decided to take his own life because he got tired of killing and torturing innocent people.

    According to information gathered Ngwira was assigned to leave for one of the war-torn areas in Lake Edward where rebels are killing people.

    In fear of this, according to the information, Ngwira was afraid to take a front role and he thought of escaping the role by killing himself.

    Moses in the note wrote:

    Okondedwa makolo anga ndithokoze kamba kondiphuzitsa sukulu. Koma chisankho changa komwe ndidasankha kukhara msilikali ndichomwe chawononga moyo wanga. Chibwerereni kuno ndikungokhalira kupha anthu osalakwa, kuzuza anthu osalakwa.

    Mtima wanga mtendere ndilibe mkana ndaganiza zoti ndikutsazikeni.

    Mkazi wanga okondedwa chonde samala mwanayo tidzawonana moyo winawo. Abale ndi azanga nonse miyoyo yanu pakuti Mulungu sakondwera ndi imfa ya anthu ochimwa. – Signed Sgt Moses Ngwira.

    It is believed that Sgt Ngwira shot himself through the mouth.

    The 26 year-old who joined MDF in 2012 was deployed to the DRC in May this year and was part of Force Intervention Brigade (FIB), which has a mandate to conduct offensive operations.

    MDF public relations officer Lieutenant Paul Chiphwanya said Ngwira did not even complain to anybody on the matter.

    Ngwira who hailed from Matete village in the area of Traditional Authority Wansambo in Karonga is survived by a wife.

    Malawi is part of the three-nation FIB mandated by the UN to engage in direct fighting against the numerous armed groups—notably, the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), the Ugandan Alliance of Democratic Forces (ADF) and other smaller groups—that have been destabilizing eastern DRC for over 15 years.

    Besides Malawi, other members of the FIB are South Africa and Tanzania.

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