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DPP cadets beat up police officers, 22 arrested

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DEMOCRATIC Progressive Party (DPP) youth cadets beat up and badly injured two police officers at Ntcheu’s Tsangano Turnoff Roadblock in the wee hours of Friday.

One of the beaten officers is in critical condition. While refusing to connect the suspected individuals to the ruling DPP, National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, confirmed that police in the district arrested about 22 individuals in connection with the incident.

Sources said the DPP youth cadets, who were travelling from Blantyre to Lilongwe for President Peter Mutharika’s State of the Nation Address at Parliament, pounced on the officers for doing the regular roadblock checks on the bus the cadets were travelling in.

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Kadadzera said the 22 individuals were cautioned for acts intended to cause grievous harm and they will appear in court to answer the charge any time soon.

“Police officers were manning the roadblock at Tsangano and some people who were in a coaster, which was going towards Lilongwe side from Blantyre started roughing up our two officers and one of them is currently in critical condition,” Kadadzera said.

Our sources said some top DPP officials forced police to release the suspects but Kadadzera said the suspects were granted police bail.

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DPP cadets have been connected to cases of assault in recent months prompting some people to ask the government to tame such behaviour before things get out of hand.

The cadets are said to be behind the manhandling of a man at Kamuzu International Airport in January.

They are also said to be behind the assaulting of a bodyguard of Leader of Opposition, Lazarus Chakwera, on John Chilembwe Day in Chiradzulu and the threat to assault Lilongwe City Deputy Mayor Juliana Kaduya during the launch of Optic Fibre project in Lilongwe.

They are also said to have threatened to stab Malawi Congress Party executive member, Ulemu Msungama, during the funeral of Hellen Singh.

 

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