Ndata Farm employees arrested over Goliati violence

Police on Tuesday arrested seven people including three workers of Ndata Farm in connection with political violence that happened at Goliati in Thyolo on March 16, 2014 during a development rally addressed by President Joyce Banda.

The late President Bingu wa Mutharika and brother to the current Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President, Peter Mutharika, owned Ndata.

Two people, a police officer Cassim Julius and a civilian Aaron Sawerengera, were killed and scores, including senior police officers, a Mr. Mlauzi and a Mr. Chisoti, were injured during the Goliati fracas, which the governing People’s Party (PP) blames on the opposition DPP of Mutharika.

Police chief Loti Dzonzi:

Police chief Loti Dzonzi: Vigorously invesigating

According to police, so far, the arrested suspects include DPP Thyolo East Constituency Governor Felix Mahikiri, Sailesi Bvumbwe, Symon John, Duncan Kachingwe, John Tambulasi Chizombe, Mayeso Nawata and Bernard Msamala.

Msamala was arrested after being found in possession of a mobile phone that belonged to the late police officer Cassim Julius.

Other items that the police have recovered include a pistol and a police head helmet that belonged to Julius.

Meanwhile, Inspector General (IG) of Police has disowned a purported police report circulating on the social media, which attributes the incitement of the Goliati violence to the the governing PP.

IG Dzodzi has said the police are vigorously investigating the source of the alleged police report that the police are optimistic the culprits shall be brought to book “sooner than later”.

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