Malawi Police in the Northern Region have said that the phase eight of the voter registration exercise which covered Mzuzu City, Nkhata Bay, Likoma and Mzimba has recorded fewer cases of election-related offences as compared to other phases.
Assistant Police Public Relations Officer in the Northern Region, Sub Inspector Maurice Chapola disclosed this in an interview in Mzuzu on Thursday.
“In fact, in this voter registration exercise here in the North, we have registered very few offences to do with the voter registration exercise. The main issue was the issue of the MEC gensets which were stolen at Kazuni,” said Chapola.
Chapola disclosed that Police are expecting to arrest more suspects in the ongoing investigations into the matter in which the MEC BVR kit operator, Chifundo Macheso, aged 26 , a National Registration Bureau (NRB) officer, 24 year-old Andrew Magombo attempted to sell a MEC generator at Mpherembe Trading Centre through a business man Martin Kumwenda whom the two recruited as a middle-man.
Details from Police are that Macheso and Magombo who were deployed to Kazuni Centre between 24 and 25 October found that another full MEC Kit, comprising of a generator and a solar panel, had already been assigned to the Centre. Although one of the suspects, Macheso, reported to his rsupervisor, Magombo and Macheso connived to sell the MEC generator.
The three suspects; Macheso who comes of Wisiki Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Machinjiri in Blantyre, Magombo from Lununda Village in T/A Kamenyagwaza’s Area in Dedza and Martin Kummwenda from Mpherembe in Mzimba are expected to answer charges of theft contrary to Section 278 of the Penal Code.
Chapola also disclosed that in Mzimba, a 33 year-old man, Mustafa Bwaduka is in Police custody, after being arrested at Chankhanga Primary School for attempting to register twice. Bwaduka who hails from of Kasalika Village in T/A Kaomba’s Area in Kasungu is expected to appear in court soon.
MEC is expecting to register 9 million eligible voters in the entire 2018 voter registration exercise. So far 6,264, 183 have already registered in phase one to seven representing 81 % of the predicted 7,745, 095 for the first seven phases. Voter registration statistics for the just-ended phase are yet to be released.