News breaking out of Libya that Muammar Gaddafi has been killed is being used by many Malawian Facebookers to warn other leaders on the continet and in the Arab world that the days of dictators is long gone.
“This only tells you one thing that no one can escape the wrath of the masses when they rise up and unite,” said one Facebooker.
“This sends a messege to leaders like Mugabe, Assad in Syria, and ofcourse that you cannot stop the will of the people and with time, it shall come to pass,” wrote another.
Many Malawians first heard about Gaddafi when he drove from South Africa to Blantyre in 2002. He mesmerised many showcasing his women bodyguards and millitary green limousines.
His security is said to have jammed all telecommunications in the city of Blantyre. Then President Bakili Muluzi vacated his state residence and left it for him but he ended up sleeping in a tent.
“Gaddafi should have been taken alive and tried but killing like this is not only brutal, but uncivilised,” said one Facebook clearly not amused with his killing
“We should all join in celebrating the downfall of another dictator, people power that is spreading like wild fire,” was another comment posted on facebook.
Leading newswires and networks are saying that he died of wounds suffered on Thursday as fighters battling to complete an eight-month-old uprising against his rule overran his hometown Sirte, Libya’s interim rulers said.
His killing, which came swiftly after his capture near Sirte, is the most dramatic single development in the Arab Spring revolts that have unseated rulers in Egypt and Tunisia and threatened the grip on power of the leaders of Syria and Yemen.
Mlegta told Reuters earlier that Gaddafi, who was in his late 60s, was captured and wounded in both legs at dawn on Thursday as he tried to flee in a convoy which NATO warplanes attacked. He said he had been taken away by an ambulance.
His capture followed within minutes of the fall of Sirte, a development that extinguished the last significant resistance by forces loyal to the deposed leader.
The capture of Sirte and the death of Gaddafi means Libya’s ruling NTC should now begin the task of forging a new democratic system which it had said it would get under way after the city, built as a showpiece for Gaddafi’s rule, had fallen.
Gaddafi, wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of ordering the killing of civilians, was toppled by rebel forces on August 23 after 42 years of one-man rule over the oil-producing North African state.
NTC fighters hoisted the red, black and green national flag above a large utilities building in the centre of a newly-captured Sirte neighbourhood and celebratory gunfire broke out among their ecstatic and relieved comrades.
Hundreds of NTC troops had surrounded the Mediterranean coastal town for weeks in a chaotic struggle that killed and wounded scores of the besieging forces and an unknown number of defenders.
NTC fighters said there were a large number of corpses inside the last redoubts of the Gaddafi troops. It was not immediately possible to verify that information.