Police arrest scores of activists over political violence, vow to crack down on perpetrators

Written by  Felix Mponda

Police have arrested scores of political activists involved in politically-motivated violence, and vowed to crack down on perpetrators.

Police IG Rodney Jose (C) franked by Deputy Police IG Mwapasa (L) and Southern Region Police chief Sledge Yoosuf Police IG Rodney Jose (C) franked by Deputy Police IG Mwapasa (L) and Southern Region Police chief Sledge Yoosuf

“We have noted with concern the increase in politically motivated violence and disorder,” Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose told journalists in Blantyre on Monday.

He said police had arrested 31 activists in Nsundwe (Lilongwe), one in Mponela and two people in Area 23 in Lilongwe.

“We will not allow acts of lawlessness,” Jose said, adding that Area 30 will deploy more troops to political hot spots to reduce fear of crime among Malawians.

He said Malawians of "goodwill "were going to police with pieces of information that will help police identify perpetrators,“ he said. "At an appropriate time, action will be taken.”

His appeal: “Until MEC announces results, let Malawians keep peace and calm.”

Lilongwe, Blantyre and Lower Shire are regarded as hot spots of violence. “We shall arrest and detain anyone involved in criminal acts. we shall work tirelessly to protect the country, property and lives,” the Police Chief said.

“We want Malawians not to live in fear. We are prepared to protect Malawians against violence,” he added.


Assault on Dausi

On the assault of Nicholas Dausi, spokesman of the DPP, David Mwapasa, Deputy IG (Operations) said they were aware of the assault and “police were following up.”

“We shall effect arrest and those people will be prosecuted,” he said.

“Our CID is gathering all necessary information on perpetrators and instigators of violence. Everybody will be brought to book as individuals.”

On claims that Police were watching as Dausi was being beaten, Jose said: “As IG, I will not allow Police to watch crime and not take action.”

He said Police have a professional standards unit which probes and asks why police failed to take action at scenes of crime.

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