HRDC protesters attack police, damage property: 17 suspects arrested

At least six police officers sustained injuries of various degrees after they were assaulted by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) protesters on Thursday in Lilongwe.

Police arrest suspects in HRDC demos

The protesters also damaged various property and looted items during the March against the alleged cops-perpetrated rape of Msundwe women and girls two months ago.

Police have arrested 17 people in connection with the police assault, damage of property as well as looting and theft of property.

A police report says Thoko Selemani, 32years, V. Chiwalo, T/A Chiwalo, D. Machinga, Occ. Driver in the Ministry of Water and Irrigation had a motor vehicle he was driving Toyota Hilux registration number MG 705 had drivers and passengers seats damaged.

Selemani sustained a cut on the right shoulder. A bolt and nut that was used by the suspect(s) have been recovered. This occurred on Lilongwe-Mchinji road.

The report also says at Kamuzu Central Hospital T-Junction at about 1125 hrs. Mr. Isaac Nkono from T/A Kadewere in Chiradzulu was driving from Biwi heading Kamuzu Central Hospital had a vehicle he was driving Toyota BB registration number KU6595 black in colour smashed.

The demonstrators damaged the glass from the passengers side.

The police report also says at Newton Hardware near Winners Chapel at Mchesi, the demonstrators damaged the glasses of the shop.

Also along Kamuzu Central Hospital road near Winners Chapel, Mr. Christophre Chawanda from T/A Kawinga, in Machinga, driver of Fermak, registration number NS2298 Freight Liner reported that the vehicle had windscreen damaged as well as the passengers side glass.

Also along the  Kamuzu Central Hospital road, the demonstrators damaged a truck belonging to Shayona Cement Company which was parked near Winners Chapel.

At Njewa School, Mr. Geoffrey Gwazantini, 35yrs, V. Samu, T/A Bwatalika in Lilongwe who is driver for Chitedze Research Station said the demonstrators damaged one side glass of the vehicle as they were on their way to Lilongwe Community ground for demonstrators.

MALICIOUS DAMAGE

The following shops which are near Gutters Shop had glasses damaged;

Mapanga Furniture

Blockbuster shop and

the following shops were damaged by the demonstrators at Mchesi

Mchesi Rising Star

Chimbwabwa Funeral Service

ASSAULTING A POLICE OFFICER WHILST ON DUTY

The police report also says the following police officers sustained various degrees of injuries as the demonstrators were passing on the M1 Road near Police Mobile Service C Division campus as the demonstrators pelted stones to the officers who were then in their campus manning the premises;

A/Supt Ngonayasauka of Central Region Police Headquarters sustained a cut near the eye, S/Insp Kamwaza of Biliwiri Boarder-post sustained a head injury, S/Insp C. Gondwe sustained a mouth injury sustained a mouth injury, S/Insp Longwe of Mitole Police Camp sustained injury near the lips, Sgt Mughogho of C Division sustained a head injury, and Sgt Aaron of C Division sustained a leg injury

ARRESTS

The following suspects were arrested while stoning Area 18B shops.

(1)Mayeso Yuston, 17yrs, Village, Sinda, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe (2) Gerald Charles, 13yrs, Village Sinda, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe (3) Leston Chebakili, 15yrs, V. Mbwatalika, t/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe (4) Charles Yusuf, 14yrs, V. Mpungu, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe.

The suspects were found with catapults, bolts and nuts which they used in damaging the above listed shops/buildings/motor vehicles and cause injury to police officers.

The following suspects were arrested while breaking shops at Area 18A;

(1)Chimwemwe Waluza, 23yrs, V. Saiwa, T/A Makwangwala, D. Ntcheu (2) Langison Maunde, 19yrs, V. Butawo, T/A Simphasi, D. Mchinji (3) Timothy Banda, 15yrs, V. Mpingu, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe (4) Gerald Anold, 18yrs, V. Mitengo, T/A Kamenyagwaza, D. Dedza, C/o Bypass (5) Moffat Chabwera, 21yrs, V. Mtengasiya, T/A Nsamala, D. Balaka, C/o Area 36, (6) Jailosi Chauma, 31yrs, V. Chauma, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe (7) Helix Banda, 24yrs, V. Chibungo, T/A Kalolo, D. Lilongwe (8) Stephano Kalipinde, 22yrs, V. Kwamba, T/A Kalolo, D. Lilongwe.

 

Steve Mekiyasi, 19yrs, V. Sinda, T/A Mbwatalika, D. Lilongwe was arrested while breaking a car, Nissan X-Trail Reg.no MC7756 and was found with catapult, bolt, nuts, Masm ID card, National ID card, Total Fuel card, Vis cards for National Bank and NED bank belonging to Mrs. Tamanda Chimombo, DOB 1954, V. Nikolasi, T/A Mlauli, D. Neno, C/o Macra, Occ. Broadcasting monitoring officer.

Ishmael Labu, 25yrs, V. Chipala, T/A Kalonga, D. Salima, C/o Chinsapo was arrested and found with shirts, shoes and baby bag.

Chiletso Phiri was arrested at Area 18B by members of the public while stealing goods. He gave the stolen items to his friend who escaped from the scene. The arrested suspect was seriously assaulted by the public and was taken to Kamuzu Central hospital for treatment. Condition serious.

The following suspects were arrested at C Division while pelting stones to police houses; Lloyd Kambalame, 21yrs, V. Chiuzira, T/A Tsabango, D. Lilongwe C/o Area 23 Tank and George Chisiyesiye, 32yrs, V. Kangwere, T/A Nyoka, D. Mchinji, C/o Area 24.

 

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Peter
Peter
10 months ago

I have been insisting that majority of demonstrators are our young people most of whom have never voted….so u can imagine the radicalisation of these youth and what sort of future we create

mlomwe
mlomwe
10 months ago

kkkkkkkkkkkkkkk msundwe moto ku buuuuuuuu

Igwe
Igwe
10 months ago

People will continue to demonstrate its our rights, you stupid and idiot cadets, think that you will be taking this country for granted you better think twice, dpp has been stealing public money, doing all sorts of nepotism, tribalism, killing of albinos, rigging elections and you expect people to dance to your music all the time, HELL NO. Enough is Enough. What type of a stupid president would be a single signatory to an account with stolen money with Indians and still claim to be clean? What type of baboon president would comment on a case which is in court?… Read more »

Hmariwa
Hmariwa
10 months ago
Reply to  Igwe

Author of these letter is a dphiphi Cadet

THAKO LA MBETA
THAKO LA MBETA
10 months ago

Wow wow!!! All those arrested are from Nsundwe Batallion. That was not peaceful demos but kupita kukaba ndi kuononga. it shows dat someone is busy sponsoring these militia boys, imagine aliyense kupezeka ndi malegeni plus ma bolts. No way! Rule of law should take action here.

Igwe
Igwe
10 months ago
Reply to  THAKO LA MBETA

Read it very well, man. Some are from the South where this clueless tipex man comes from.

Mwe'ene
Mwe'ene
10 months ago

The Police should have arrested more thugs, because there were many … but I know you can’t arrest everybody.
These MCP Malova are really getting out of hand: so, when will the Courts get tough not only on the thugs committing these crimes, but also on the planners of the demos? By planners we mean the so-called HDRC leadership, and also hard core MCP “youth leagues” and even middle ranking MCP officials. Many have clearly demonstrated complicity in the thuggery.
Asa.

Medson
Medson
10 months ago

All those arrested we’re dpp cadets

Benito
10 months ago

Demonstrations will still be there until the DPP leadership accept that there is nepotism, corruption, injustice and poor leadership

madandu174
madandu174
10 months ago

but police fail to arrest police repist

hewe
10 months ago

muziti achewa a kwa mbwatalika akwiya osati a malawi sitilinawo zimbalangondozo ndi a lucifara awo

Jenala
Jenala
10 months ago
Reply to  hewe

yes, osati A malawi ayi, mbuzi za MCP ndizimene zikuvuta apa

Peter Gama
Peter Gama
10 months ago

These weee not demonstrators but DPP cadets sent to deliberately cause havoc and mayhem and then blame it on demonstrators. Most of comments you read here blaming demos are from the same DPP cadets.

Please know that most of the police officers who raped women in Msundwe were not genuine officers but DPP cadets donning police uniforms, that’s why investigations are failing to yield any results.

These people are evil.

Igwe
Igwe
10 months ago
Reply to  Peter Gama

Very true coz if there is a grouping which is good at stealing and vadalism then its dpp

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