Police warns demonstrators against violence

Blantyre, Malawi Police Service (MPS) has issued a stern warning against acts of violence and vandalism which characterized the June 20, 2019 countrywide demonstrations organized by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).

The demonstrators took to the streets of Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba protesting against the results of the May 21 Tripartite Elections and also demanded the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson, Dr. Jane Ansah.

The police sounded the warning in its daily police update issued on June 21, signed by National Police Public Relations Officer, Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera, expressing sadness with the conduct displayed by some of the protestors.

According to the update, in Mzuzu some protestors ransacked shops like Bata Shoe Company while in Blantyre; some demonstrators damaged billboards, government property, set government flags ablaze and blocked the Henry Masauko Chipembere Highway.

The statement says in Lilongwe, some protestors vandalized the main barrier at Parliament Building and also the main gate to Capitol Hill.

It adds that the protestors at Capitol Hill went further to harass two police officers on duty injuring them in the process besides pelting stones at police vehicles.

The police strongly condemn this undesirable behaviour and stress that perpetrators of these incidences will be answerable in a court of law. We continue to deploy police officers in all strategic places in towns, cities and rural areas to reduce the fear of crime among Malawians.

We have intensified both foot and vehicle patrol activities to rural areas beyond the cities to monitor any potential criminal activities being perpetrated under the guise of demonstrations, Kadadzera assured.

While assuring Malawians of their safety and that the police are containing all acts of political violence, Kadadzera called upon every Malawian to refrain from violent acts.

Source: MANA Online