Police launches investigation of UTM supporters’ assailants

Malawi Police Service in lakeshore district of Mangochi has said it has  launched an investigation that will lead them to arrest people who attacked UTM supporters in Mangochi on Sunday while the supporters where going to Namwera to conduct a political rally they scheduled to conduct.

One of the UTM members who was assaulted in Mangochi

Unknown people allegedly said to be from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Sunday beaten up and injured UTM’s eastern region director of youth, Henderson Waya, Mai Useni, Benard Sande and a Mr. Saidi who is a shadow parliamentarian for Mangochi Masongola  constituency.

According to UTM National Spokesperson Joseph Chidanti Malunga who confirmed
the incident the party supporters were attacked at M’baluku in the district while they were on their way to Namwera.

But in an interview to establish what police are doing to effect the arrest, Mangochi Police Station Spokesperson, Rodrick Maida who confirmed to have received a complaint from UTM officials said police are yet to arrest the culprits.

“We have received the complaint from UTM officials who said the culprits used a vehicle which had DPP flag. Based on these facts we promise to launch an investigation that will lead us to get the culprits and bring them to book,” he asserted

However, Malunga has expressed worry over the continued acts of violence by people allegedly from DPP camp.

“In the wake of democracy we wouldn’t expect to see other people perpetrating violence against other parties. I would want to challenge those people behind these barbaric acts to stop forthwith because Malawi needs civilised politics we all chose,” he implored

Meanwhile, Chancellor College political scientist Dr Mustafa Hussein has described the attacks of UTM members in Mangochi district as a highest degree of political intolerance by people whose minds are evil and criminal.

“The scuffles are now rampant in the country. These intimidations will affect the general elections results as other parties will not have a chance to sale out their manifestos to the potential electorate, thereby, ending up in compromising the whole process,” he said in a
telephone interview.

Hussein, has however, called upon political parties in the country to desist from such barbaric acts for tripartite elections to be violent-free.

Last year, UTM vehicles were damaged in the same district during the eve of the launch of the party by some unknown people who until now remain unapprehend despite police promise of searching and arresting them.

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Chilungamo
Chilungamo
2 years ago

What does the word “investigation” mean to our Malawian police? Our police should not vindicate the general impression out there that they are the least educated, with substandard English language skills amongst an already semi-illerate civil service.
Look, what does one need to investigate when you have clear pictures of thugs terrorising innocent individuals? What’s the purpose of having CCTV? If anything why not authenticate validity of the clip using experts? Why do some people try so hard to prove themselves they are numbskulls?

wakikiki
wakikiki
2 years ago

i do not think anything will come out tangible coz IG is DPP CADET

123
123
2 years ago

Muvi oyang’anila umalasa mudiso A chewa adatelo apatu a Police ntchito ikukanikani kodi a opposition nawonso ati abwenze kukhala chipwilikiti chotani? Osasewela ndi a a Malawi akafuna kukwiya a makwiya. Malawi belongs to us all whether ruling or opposition in 1993 we voted for multi party democracy meaning anybody is free to choose any party of his or her choice without intimidation from anybody and nobody should say this the home of this party or that party enanu usapotawu mukuwutengera pa mgong’o okudya ndalama ndi ena. Kunali ma thugs a UDF ankatha kupereka makofi kwa mafumu ndi a Police zuwa… Read more »

Tchana
Tchana
2 years ago

@Patrick Phiri u r dumb and u have chicken’s brain. .idiot and Malawi police is very corrupt

Favour of Yahweh
2 years ago

While I totally condemn the perpetrators of violence, which has no room in democracy, I have some questions on how do we know if it is political or personal fights. Looking at the picture , I wonder what type of assault can this be only having blood on the chick and the man looks fine. Let us also condemn fabrication of lies to tarnish others. Look at Kalindo who appeared with a bandaged head now look at another utm member. Guys I beg to differ.

Fishmonger...choya
Fishmonger...choya
2 years ago

I would apreciate much if these so called thugs are caught and brought to book.Am sure the police would do the best to bring peace and political tolerance in mangochi.I know the police knows them as to what is circulating in social media .The guys are well known and can’t cost them much to get them arrested .Mangochi is for all and no one should take is it as a personal estate to infringe the rights of others .We need all parties to campaign freely and not only one party no no no!

choya
choya
2 years ago

I would appreciate much if these so called thugs are caught and be brought to book.Am sure the police can recognize them from the clip securating in the social media .Let’s hope the police will do as said.Mangochi for all of us and no one should take it as personal estate .

Odya zake no case
Odya zake no case
2 years ago

We have police for dpp not malawians, if the people who were beaten was from dpp everyone could have been arrested the same day the incident happened ,so we dont expect any arrest here dont lie to people mr police spokes person shame on mr president u r loosing badly this may take it or leave it,, enough is enough we r not happy at all..😠😠😠

Yaphama
Yaphama
2 years ago

Jose he and his fellow friends they cant do anything to DPP thugs remember wat dpp supporters did to police stuff at Kawale nothing no arrest till now we dont have 🇲🇼 police we got Dpp police service,

BigMan
BigMan
2 years ago

The IG is obviously a DPP puppet, why else would he sit phwii while all the evidence including video is available for all to see? Doesn’t he feel stupid? Forty years of experience and he still is beholden to political masters like Mchacha? Shame.

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