Mangochi, Police in Mangochi have arrested two Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members for allegedly intimidating and insulting Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central, Victoria Kingston, during the July 4 demonstrations at the Boma.
Eastern Region Police Spokesperson, Inspector Joseph Sauka, confirmed the development in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), saying the two, Anussah Daddy Hassein and Wilson Nkuwu, would appear before court soon.
Sauka alleged the two took a video showing people singing songs, insulting and intimidating Kingston, Member of Parliament for Mangochi Central.
“Indeed, we have arrested the two because we received a complaint from Honourable Victoria Kingston that during the 4th July CSOs demonstrations, the suspects took a video of insulting and intimidating songs and messages, explained Sauka.
He added that the video went viral on social media prompting Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator to report the matter to Mangochi Police.
Sauka further said much as it was a constitutional right for people to hold demonstrations, the police would always act on any parallel aim of the same.
“As police, we will not tolerate any act of violence or intimidation during mass protests and we will act on anyone who acts contrary to the objectives of demonstrations, said the Eastern Region Police spokesperson.
He dismissed insinuations that the arrests were aimed at silencing the opposition, saying the law enforcers always act within the law without taking any sides.
The two have since been transferred to Zomba Police and according to Sauka they will appear before court soon to answer the charges.
Hassein, 39, contested in the May 21 parliamentary elections for Mangochi Central, where out of the seven contestants, he fell on the 5th position with 1,801 votes against Kingston’s 13,509 votes that saw her taking the parliamentary seat for the constituency.
But on May 27, Hassein told journalists that he was not satisfied with the election results and that he would ask Malawi Electoral Commission to nullify them and call for a recount.
Source: MANA Online