Police net 40 over violence and looting during demo in North Malawi

Malawi Police in the Northern Region have confirmed the arrest of about 40 people in connection to looting  and violence that took place on July 5 2019 during  demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign.

Anti-Ansah demo in Mzuzu

Northern Region Police Publicist Peter Kalaya revealed that the law enforcers are working around the clock to bring down all the looters.

According to Kalaya, 11 people were arrested in Rumphi and 18 others in the City of Mzuzu.

The 11 others who were arrested during earlier demonstrations are being remanded at Mzuzu Prison awaiting court trial.

Kalya also revealed that they have recovered 55 out of the 213 bicycles that were stolen at the Agriculture Development Division (ADD) Offices plus two Central Processing Unit (CPU) and four computer monitors.

On Friday  in Mzuzu, alleged looters set ablaze Chiwabvi Police before ransacking other business places belonging to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) top officials.

And in Rumphi, demonstrators allegedly stoned District Commissioner’s (DC’s) Office and his vehicle.

Meanwhile, Vice Chairperson of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) who organized the demonstrations Gift Trapence insisted that they always organize peaceful demonstrations.

He therefore called upon the police to do their work by arresting those who are suspected to have been involved in looting so that they face the law.

HRDC chairperson for the North Happy Mhango on Thursday, distanced his group from the violent conduct, stating that people who became violent during the protests need to be taken to book.

Mhango also disowned an audio clip which was circulating on social media, calling people to be violent, saying, violence has no place in HRDC.

He said: “We organised protests that were peaceful, but some misguided people took advantage of this after the police fired teargas. For the Friday protests, we are not part of it, people took to the streets on their own and whatever happened there, we are not party to it.”

The Public Affairs Committee (PAC) spokesperson Father Peter Mulomole has condemned the violent protests.

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Mwanatchwee
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Mwanatchwee

The big question is why is Jane Ansah not resigning? Hiding behind the court case will never be a solution. The message from the demos is very clear, Malawians are angry so it is high time for those of you who are hiding behind the laws or court case to wake up and face the reality before it is too late. Malawi is a democratic country , mukamapanga zopusa kuseli, zokondelana pamitundu yanu ndi pachisankho chimene ma result ndi amenewa!!!!!! making stupid decisions at the expense of the interest of Malawi as a peaceful nation, why did you expect, all… Read more »

Sokonombwe
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Sokonombwe

Bird brained CSOs. What do you benefit by destroying the infrastructure of your own country,the infrastructure that has taken almost half a century to be put in place yet you idiots have the brain to destroy it. Foolish leaders of CSOs, you use poor people for your own gains, one day you will live to regret your actions.

Charie
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Charie

Amangidwe ose akulu akulu yoyambitsa wo monga chilima mtambo komaso chakwera

John Gray Gufa
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John Gray Gufa

Wina ndi Dyson wa Ku Mzuzu University amagwila ntchito Ku department ya Hospitality anatenga nawo njinga za Ku ADD

elestina
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elestina

go to police and report him,we need people like you in this country. munthu akapanga zopusa report him basi.

Mwe'ene
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Mwe'ene

Inu ma HDRC leaders, take responsibility for a change.
It’s not acceptable that you distance yourselves from the people who are simply taking your advice and advancing your agenda. Pamene akuiwona Bangwe ku Chitokosi, inu mukunjoyabe ma dolla a ma donor a kunja, mukuonela Tv m’nyumba mwanu? Aaah.

DRAKE
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DRAKE

Stupidity at its best, you are good at organising,calling and inviting thugs to make the demos look big. You can not runaway from that you are responsible and you will pay or else your assets will be frozen and you will be deregistered.

Jamax
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Jamax

Inu a Gift Trapence chomwe mudziwe ndichakuti (choipa chitsata mwini) without beating about the bush you are the root cause of these destructions and stealing of the property belonging to innocent people. You and your group planned and called for these demos and you can not say that you don’t know the consequences of such actions in Malawi, in other words that’s what you and your group wanted to accomplish, you wanted to see looting, stealing, smashing cars, destroying property and causing bloodshed all over. We as innocent Malawians we are NOT going to revenge but we are praying to… Read more »

Walai
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Walai

Atayeni anthu osalakwa mangani amene anabela mavotiwo

Godfearing Person
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Godfearing Person

Kuvutikila za eni, your godfathers who sent you are enjoying with their wives and children. Wake up people!!! Find something better to do or kungopanga maganyu and manage your life than to be used like that and later on suffer individually.