Police arrest DPP ‘panga wielding’ youth leader

Malawi Police on Monday arrested Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ‘terrorist-in-chief’, Louis Ngalande.

Southern Region Police spokesperson Nicholas Gondwa confirmed the arrest of Ngalande and said Police were “interested to question him”.

He said the DPP southern region youth director was arrested in connection with his gang which paraded in Blantyre City wielding panga knifes in a motorcade of DPP to intimidate Malawians from holding mass demonstration 20 July.

According to Police, Ngalande has been charged with four counts of Intimidation, Conduct likely to cause breach of peace, possession of offensive weapons and obstruction of road traffic.

DPP regional governor (South) Noel Masangwi confessed that the panga-wielding youth were DPP cadres.

The thugs brandishing pangas and singing their war chants Onyoza Bingu lero sagona timpweteka! (anyone despising Bingu will not sleep today, we will hurt him)!

Masangwi told the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into the July 20 events  that the youth were meeting at the DPP regional offices in Sunnyside and took the pangas belonging to security guards at the premises but that the party region office keep their machetes.

The panga wielding thugs  were singing their war chants ‘Onyoza Bingu lero sagona timpweteka!’ (Anyone despising Bingu will not sleep today, we will hurt him)!

Police also said Ngalande- who is reported to have masterminded a lot of atrocities during the DPP regime – is also being held in connection with the assault of Thyolo North parliamentarian Anita Kalinde .

Kalinde was assaulted at a public function where late President Mutharika was present.

DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said Ngalande arrest was “politically motivated.”

He said: “These are part of political arrests that the current government wants to carry out to intimidate DPP followers.”

Dausi claimed Ngalande’s accusations were “mere fallacies.”

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