EU observer in Malawi polls attacked, robbed: Commentator asks govt to ‘scale up’ security

Two European Union (EU) officials who have arrived as international observers ahead of May 21  tripartite elections have been attacked and robbed in Chikhwawa at a lodge they had checked in.

EU Elections observers

Police in Chikhwawa have confided in Nyasa Times that a manhunt is currently underway for the thugs said to be about ten.

The observers have been identified as Mario Orru, 51,  and a lady,  Slavena Lieva, 40 are said to have met their fate at around 2 o’clock in the morning at Memories Lodge where they have been putting up since April 18.

“About 10 thugs,  armed with panga knives and disguised in masks,  stormed into the lodge after tying up both the watchman and the receptionist using mosquito nets. They stormed into Orru’s room and demanded cash at a knifepoint.

“The thugs hacked him on the back of his head and lower lip before making off with a laptop, two cellphones and cash amounting to K1.3 million.

“The criminals went on invading Lieva’s room where they stole cash amounting to 500 United States dollars,” said Chikhwawa police publicist, Foster Benjamin.

In his remarks, University of Livingstonia political science lecturer, George Phiri, has since said government should “scale up” security in the country.

According to Phiri, it was imperative that security for people involved in the election process are protected.

“It is sad that this is happening. These are the people who will at the end of the day either credit or discredit our elections. So, if there is no security as regards to them it becomes worrisome.

“And security should not only be for international observers but those within in the country too. Their security is very paramount for a fair, free and credible election,” said Phiri.

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Achiswe.
3 years ago

So many thugs to carry out this robbery? Something doesn’t sound right here. It was too organized for simple robbery.

nyalugwe
nyalugwe
3 years ago

Iyayi a DPP this is too much, even to visitors!!!!!!!. MKWIYO WANTUNDU WANJI UMENEWU? MASANKHO WOMWEWA
kapena kuopa ndende?

mtete
mtete
3 years ago

Mpaka pamenepa ma DPP cadets? Obviously sent by Dausi & Mchacha

kavibangwa
kavibangwa
3 years ago

who will credit or discredit what! they should go to hell.

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory
3 years ago

it is Chikwawa not Chikhwawa

Holly Tit
Holly Tit
3 years ago

Wawa DPP kkkkkkkk

Kapado Chimuthawirenji

There is nothing that the international election observers do other than rubber stamping that the elections were fair and credible even if the opposite is true. This is a message to them that their presence in Malawi is not required. They literally do nothing to improve the situation.

Mangochi kabwafu
Mangochi kabwafu
3 years ago

That’s DPP government.

Kaitano
Kaitano
3 years ago

DPP kikkkkkk!!

Make Malawi Great
Make Malawi Great
3 years ago

Dpp thugs trying to scare away the observers!!

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