Malawi Police to search Muluzi’s Kapoloma home

Malawian Police officers will be executing a search warrant at former president Bakili Muluzi’s home village residence, Kapoloma, in Machinga early Monday, Nyasa Times understands.

This follows presidential orders following Muluzi’s outburst when he arrived in the country last Saturday to comfort his son, Machinga North East lawmaker Atupele Muluzi, who was arrested last week on politically inspired case.

Muluzi told reporters that on arrival that he will not be “intimidated” with Mutharika’s tactics of “using the police” to harass and persecute his family and Malawians.

Muluzi visits his son Atupele at Mwaiwatu Hospital. On the right is Atupele’s wife, formwer lawmaker Angella (Nee -Zachepa)

He also called on “the oppressed to demand freedom from the oppressor.”

Police officers privy to the search issue said Mutharika was angry with Muluzi’s remarks that he was using the police as an instrument of terror and oppression.

The security forces, the source said, have been ordered to mount a thorough search at Muluzi’s Kapoloma residence looking for incriminating evidence.

They searched Atupele’s Lilongwe home last week buy yielded nothing.

Muluzi’s retirement home is at BCA Hills in the commercial city of Blantyre.

National Police spokesman Davie Chingwalu could not immediately comment on the search operation.

Police last Tuesday arrested Atupele, who is aspiring to run for presidency in 2014, and charged him with inciting violence but was given bail on Friday night.  They have since pressed a fresh charge of disobeying an order from a District Commissioner.

President Mutharika’s abrasive style of governance has made him unpopular in Malawi with a religious human rights group, Public Affairs Committee (PAC) asking him to call for a referendum to seek fresh mandate.

Last July thousands of Malawians demonstrated against his administration, accusing it of mismanaging the economy and trampling on rights.  Up to 19 people were shot dead by police during the two days of demonstrations.

Western multi-lateral donor agencies and governments have also joined the fray by suspending all development aid to the impoverished southern African country.

The latest to suspend aid is United State agency, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which has withdrawn $350 million aid meant to boost the country’s energy sector.

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