Police, Lilongwe residents in running battle

Police officers were on Monday battling residents of Mgona in Lilongwe after they mobilized to destroy a cholera treatment camp at Area 25 Health Center after one person died of cholera on Sunday.
The residents pelted stones and blocked traffic with stones, tree branches and burned tyres, in an attempt to destroy the facility.
Kanengo Police officers used teargas to disperse the violent people who argue there is no cholera in the country, alleging it is only a way to kill people.
Hospital officials say a man who was brought by relatives died at the Out-Patients Department after a severe diarrhea and vomiting which was diagnosed as cholera, and expected relatives to collect the dead body this morning, only to see the violent people attempting to destroy the facility.
National Police spokesperson Peter Kalaya said the police beefed up the numbers of police officers to control the situation.
Meanwhile, the police have arrested three people and restored order in Area 25.
Central West Region Police Spokesperson, Alfred Chimthere said the irate people, who blocked roads, were also pelting stones at the facility, but the extent of the damage is yet to be quantified by the health officials.
So far, the police have arrested Dyson John aged 21, Gastina Banda, 20, and 24-year-old Levinson Handiseni.

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