Police nab suspect in UTM woman undressing incident: More arrests looming

Malawi Police Service in Mangochi have arrested one suspect in connection with an ugly incident in which a UTM Party’s woman was stripped off her clothes and nearly walked naked in public at M’baluku in the lakeshore district on Sunday.

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

The arrest of 28-year-old Adam Masitala came 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.

Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said more arrests are expected within the week as Masitala was not alone when the lady was stripped off as well as an aspiring candidate for UTM and an official of the party were beaten up and harassed by Masitala and others who are believed to be ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) rough necks.

“We know that he did not act alone, he was with others. We will round them up. We want people to live in harmony and tolerance and peace,” Kadadzera told Nyasa Times.

Kadadzera said Masitala has since been charged with robbery with violence and insulting the modesty of a woman.

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

The woman, Veronica Katanji told a news  conference in Lilongwe on Tuesday that her husband has since dumped her after the video clip of her walking semi-naked made rounds on phones.

“He has deserted me, leaving me alone with my three children. Two are his step children and the other one is an orphan whom I bring up,” she said.

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.

Some people in social media however are skeptical of the arrests, saying they are just a mere smokescreen as the suspects cases would be discontinued after the anger among women groups and other human rights activists dies down.

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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Mazira a Bakha
1 year ago

Ine ndisayankhule zambiri ndingatukwane coz zimene akuchita ma cadet amenewa ndi uchitsilu wa mkwetekwete

Truth Pains
1 year ago

Faking arrest, tomorrow they will be loitering within Mangochi again .

This is what we call poor leadership, why were you waiting to arrest them initially??
Were you waiting for women in politics to threaten you first??
This is uncalled for, it’s like we don’t have a leader in our midst.

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
1 year ago

Ndendende, you are a big fool. Blind Loyalty.

Mtenzi Mzungu
Mtenzi Mzungu
1 year ago

What makes you think he was a DPP cadet? This is UDF strong hold. I remember prior to 2014 elections Nyasa times was busy campaigning for PP by masquerading DPP as a party of thugs. You failed. You are doing the same now you will fail again. In the picture what makes you think he is the cadet

dan
dan
1 year ago

The Police must know their position in time like these. The woman undressed represented all women in Malawi and the world. These thugs must be put in their rightful places which are prisons. We have people rotting in prisons where people like him and his accomplices should be. May I also ask the Police to extend manhunts to all who are perpetrating thuggery and barbarism in a country which is supposed to be mentally developed people. Police should not let their political affiliations corrupt their judgement and reason Why should a person holding a different opinion to you be an… Read more »

Banda CZ
Banda CZ
1 year ago

Akukotiphimba kumaso awa achitulusa chigaengacho
Mose zayambila mbava zimenezi kuzunguza muja kungomangapo mmozi basi iiiii zamanyazi kuziko laMalawi

MALAW
MALAW
1 year ago

No sane woman should vote for DPP. It all started with Mchacha. The President did not conderm it. Now this and the president is still mute.

#nowomantovote4dpp.

Girl lady
Girl lady
1 year ago

nanga aja anaopsyeza chakwera nanga aja anamumenya vender uja wa MCP onse anjatidwe basii

Ndede
Ndede
1 year ago

Nyasa times is very busy hating DPP. Let me tell you, you will regret your hate because the people you are campaigning for will never see the state house. Your job in the next five years is to continue this hate and you will go no where with it. Wait for May my friends.

Kibaki
Kibaki
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Since when did reporting what is happening has become the meaning of hate? DPP out!!!!!

Biiiiiii
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Bola chilungamo chiwoneke

Shido
Shido
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Nkhani yomwe ikukambidwa apa ndi zomwe mukunena inu sizikugwirizana.Komabe ndingokuchenjezani kuti amalawi sangakwanitse kuvoteraso DPP ulendo uno chifukwa mapeto ake tikhala ndi mbeta zochuluka komaso ana osowa chisamaliro cha bambo awo achuluka.Ingochepetsani zomwe mukuchitazo chifukwa either Chilima,Chakwera or Joyce adzakukhaulitsani osati masewera pomwe Pumbwa ndi Nchacha and Dausi nawo akuwona milandu yawo

Shaka
Shaka
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Ndede, you 200% redundant. It would not come as a surprise if we hear that you are the second one to be nabbed. You have no morals or you don’t want to know the subject. Spare us your rotten posts

wakikiki
wakikiki
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

iweso nde zichani zimene ukuyankhulazo , ngati ulibe zoyankhula ungokhala pheee utondimva iweeee

BigMan
BigMan
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

You dont need anyone to decampaign your miserable party, you are doing well yourself.

Sure
Sure
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Ndede where are you from ? Are you Malawian? You have to think very well dziko lamamalawi likuwonongeka DPP has completely destroyed the country from sex scandals corruption, cadets violence .. who do they think they are in this country.. dziko latonse we pay taxes they think ndi la. Alhomwe… wait their days are numbered. Soon Malawi will be back to normal.
And 2 wosamalonda chipani koma munthu wanzeru zokonza dziko… I think ulibe chochita , likonde dziko lako not chipani chofoila cho

JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
JJ Mbewe the Pathfinder
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Eish Ndede, i mean what is nyasatimes job in this country? What i see is that, nyasatimes is there kuti aziombanitsa mitu anthu. Please nyasatimes and i mean you Owen Khamula, stop this. It is not good for our nation, nkhondo zija zimayambika with this kind of reporting.

Tadala
Tadala
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Shame. I wonder if you are a real person or a zombie that can’t symphathise with the people who are being harrassed/beaten. Maybe you are one of those cadets doing this heinous acts.

Dipipi wa Yudiefu
Dipipi wa Yudiefu
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

Mimba yako mayi ako anakayipezera ku bar chifukwa wokonda mtendere sangakhale ndimawu ngati ako.

Gregory
Gregory
1 year ago
Reply to  Ndede

All this coz of foul mouthing of Galatian Chakwera and Arafat Hamdan. Saanati kutibulidwa anthuwa.

Magnus Kasparov
Magnus Kasparov
1 year ago

Robbery with Violence ndi 14 years kale. Give them the maximum!

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