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By Jameson Chauluka:

Deputy Inspector General of Police responsible for operations, Duncan Mwapasa, has said they have arrested 33 people in connection with violence in the aftermath of the May 21 Tripartite Elections.

Mwapasa disclosed this during a press conference which Inspector General of Police, Rodney Jose, hosted at Southern Region Police Headquarters in Blantyre yesterday.

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“We have been making arrests and more arrests will follow. We are making our investigations. We will make more arrests after we gather enough evidence because we want to have strong cases against the suspects,” he said.

Pockets of violence have flared in Lilongwe, Dowa and Mzuzu as some political party followers had issues with the manner in which Malawi Electoral Commission handled the elections amid reports of rigging.

Taking his turn, Jose said the police would arrest all perpetrators of politically motivated violence.

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“The laws of the country have not been suspended, so we have deployed enough police officers who are working hand-in-hand with other security agents like the Malawi Defence Force to maintain law and order. Let us be calm and maintain peace because, if we catch you, you will answer the charges as a person,” he said.

Jose said the police were investigating the alleged assault of former Homeland Security minister, Nicholas Dausi, in Blantyre in full view of security personnel.

Malawi Congress Party obtained a court order in Lilongwe restraining Mec from releasing results of the presidential elections and also to recount the votes in 10 districts.

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