Malawi Police have arrested 15 suspected Malawi Congress Party (MCP) cadres in Dowa as political violence continues in the district.
Chimwaza Trading Centre and Chasalino Village in T.A Chiwere were the scene of the battlefield between the violent protesters, local residents, villagers and the police.
The suspected MCP supporters say their leader Dr Lazarus Chakwera has been robbed of the presidency by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) who should leave the district or risk being killed.
“We are being attacked because we support the ruling DPP and President Mutharika. our houses are being burnt, our men cannot sleep in their houses for fear they will be burnt alive in the night,” narrated Mr Msamba.
Just like at Msundwe in Lilongwe, the MCP cadres are now harassing and intimidating people from the southern region and local ‘traitors’ supporting the ruling DPP are the ones to blame for Chakwera’s loss in the May 21 elections.
Police spokesperson for Dowa District, Kondwani Kandiado, confirmed the arrest of the 15 people in the district for gross political violence, destruction of property and bodily injuring DPP supporters.
“The situation is very volatile at the moment but we will try our best to calm the situation though we cannot guarantee long term peace in the local village like Chasalino. We are over-stretched with meagre resources,” said Kandiado.
He said, Joshua Mwale, Mofati Gwenembe and Ben Banda – the suspected ring leaders of the political violence will be brought to the courts to answer violence related charges.