Police arrest Bam-Bam group leader as masterminder in UTM woman assult

Malawi Police Service in Mangochi have arrested Kida Adam  in connection to the assault of UTM Party supporters in January this year, saying he is the  masterminder.

One of the suspected DPP operatives who attacked UTM in Mangochi as captured on a video clip

One of UTM Party members who was victimised by suspected DPP operatives.

Both Mangochi Police Station deputy spokesperson Amina Tepani-Daudi and National Police Publicist James Kadadzera has confirmed the arrests to Nyasa Times.

The main suspect, who leads a notorious group called Bam-Bam in M’baluku Towship in the district,  was on the run since the incident happened on January 20 this year.

Police arrested Adam on Sunday at his wife’s home at Mosiya Village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Chowe in the district.

He has been charged for insulting the modesty of a woman.

Police said Adam is also answering to another charge  after being implicated in the violence  at M’baluku Roadblock a fortnight ago where the Bam-Bam group damaged the roadblock.

He faces a charge of malicious damage and another of obstructing a police officer on duty.

Police first arrested 28-year-old Adam Masitala barely hours after the powerful women movement, Women in Politics, gave President Peter Mutharika and the Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose an ultimatum to arrest and bring all the suspects to justice or the women from all the political parties would match in Lilongwe.

Masitala hails from Mtagaluka village in chief Chowe’s area in Mangochi.

The woman, Veronica Katanji told Nyasa Times that her husband dumped her after the video clip of her walking semi-naked made rounds on phones.

She said the husband accused her of going to political rallies when he provided her with everything she needed in her life, saying the act is embarrassing.

“He said I embarrassed myself and I have embarrassed him too. So, he left since the incident and he has not come back,” she said.

According to published research, out of 15 incidents of violence that occurred between 2014 and 2018, police only acted swiftly on one.

In October last year, Human Right Watch (HRW) and 13 international organisations penned Jose demanding urgent and thorough investigations into attacks and threats against human rights defenders and the opposition in the country.

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Yaphama
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Yaphama

DPP police don’t fool us the issue is the roadblock not involving the lady, why don’t u arrest the officers those who killed Buleya wat abt those who pulled out the flugs for the Opposition party in Nsanje? Our days are numbered Mulungu atimenyera nkhondo jst now

Ltp
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Ltp

That husband should not come back indeed. ….azimayi kuyengeka why for all the ladies iweyo kukuvula?

Bright Chimunthu Msaka Banda
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Bright Chimunthu Msaka Banda

Finally!!!!!! Deal with these Mangochi bastards. Mukawlekelera abweretsa Boko Haram kuno!

Ankolo
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Ankolo

Ankolo awatu mwawamanga chifukwa cha Roadblock issue osati kuvula mai wa UTM. Osamsankha pokwizinga nyakula anthuwa. Malangizo aulere awa.

Zambulo
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Zambulo

Mwamumanga chifukwa anskionongerani roadblock. Kuvula mzimayi siunali mlandu kwa inu.

Gulukunyinda
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Gulukunyinda

Bravo Malawi Police. Let us not politicize police work and make it lose credibility. Our men and women in uniform cry out for professionalism

Kho chiundira
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Kho chiundira

Credibility. Does it have any?

Mbuya
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Mbuya

Our Police lost credibility long ago…and they have to earn it back…..

123
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It is ashread this guy will never be convicted, any scandle connected to the ruling party never go far. who is fooling who? Here how many atrocities has dpp commited? none of the culprit has been brought to book so far, who are you trying to fool? Don’t take Malawians for a ride we know what is happening we are not dull.

Le Senor de Los Cielos
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Le Senor de Los Cielos

Lock these bastards up and throw away the keys. People are languishing in prison for smaller crimes like kuba nkhuku. Throw the (law) book at them and charge them with all manner of crimes: incitement of violence, violence against women, disturbing peace, destruction of property, unlawful noise (kkkkk. I like this one) . I would also throw in public drinking (possibly analedzera Kadansana). Kkkkk. They must pray the party that sent them is going to back them up and save them from facing the long arm of the law (well, assuming the concerned party is really serious about stopping violence… Read more »

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