By Samuel Kalimira:
Some suspected protesters of Thursday’s anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations in Mzuzu assaulted and injured Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of youth Kelvin Chirambo at his home in Mchengautuba Township.
Northern Region Police Public Relations Peter Kalaya has confirmed the development adding that Chirambo is currently receiving treatment at St Johns Hospital.
“I can say we have heard some reports that some people have been injured during yesterday’s [Thursday] protests. But I can confirm that some people stormed the house of DPP director of youth and started stoning his property. In the cost of trying to rescue some of the property, some people stoned him and injured him on the spot. He was taken to St Johns Hospital where he is receiving medication,” Kalaya said.
Kalaya further said the police have arrested two people in Mzuzu, 22 in Mzimba and one in Karonga suspected of being connected to the violence that marred Thursday’s protests.
He said some people torched DPP regional offices, Mzilawaingwe Adamarc, Chiputula Police and Department of Health offices for Mzuzu City Council among others.
He said police are yet to conduct more damage assessment.
“We work together with HRDC leaders to ensure people are holding protests peacefully but we have realised that some people masquerade to be protestors with a motive of destroying public and private property. This should not be tolerated and we are going to arrest more people because our investigations continue,” Kalaya said.
DPP regional governor for the North Kenneth Sanga said in separate interview that some protesters, after torching DPP regional offices, stormed his house but he was later rescued by police who came in time.
He said some DPP leaders are leaving in fear because of protestors who are targeting their homes.
“We want to hear from Human Rights Defenders Coalition leaders whether their right to demonstrate means innocent people should be attacked.
“If the police could have came late, I think it could have been a different story for me,” Sanga said.
DPP director of women Joyce Chikukula’s house was also nearly attacked.
Some protesters of July 4 and July 5 demonstrations hacked a guard who was providing security service to Chirambo’s house and he is also currently receiving treatment at Mzuzu Central Hospital.
Malawi held tripartite elections on May 21 this year but the polls produced contested results that have thrust the country into turmoil.
HRDC and other groups have called on the authorities to account for the controversial way in which the elections were conducted.
The human rights defenders have also been mobilising citizens to hold protest marches, among other reasons, to press for the resignation of Ansah for allegedly presiding over fraudulent elections