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Mangochi violence suspects on remand

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By Pilirani Kachinziri:

Two men who were arrested by Mangochi Police for allegedly assaulting UTM supporters on Sunday have been remanded at Mangochi Prison waiting for trial.

The two, who are suspected to be ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Cadets, also stripped half naked 34-year-old woman Veronica Katanga.

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The suspects, who are from Mtagaluka Village, Traditional Authority Chowe, in Mangochi have been identified as 28-year-old Adam Masitala and 38-year-old Rajab Assan

National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said the suspects have been formally charged before being remanded at Mangochi Prison on Monday.

Kadadzera said Masitala and Assan have been charged with insulting the modesty of a woman and robbery with violence.

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“They will be in custody until the case starts. We also have to arrest other suspects who are at large,” he said.

The UTM supporters met their fate at M’baluku on their way to Katuli, where the party was expected to hold a political rally.

Police arrested the two after pressure from the public when a video clip that went viral on social media showed the perpetrators undressing the two victims.

On Monday, Edward Govati, a Malawi Congress Party supporter, was also assaulted by people he believed to be DPP Cadets at his house in Kanjedza.

The spate of political violence has sparked criticism from human rights organisations and the Church.

Archbishop Thomas Msusa of Blantyre Archdiocese of the Catholic Church is the latest to condemn the acts of violence.

State House released a statement on Wednesday condemning the violence after pressure from the public.

“President [Peter] Mutharika abhors lawlessness. The President, as He-for-She Champion, will not tolerate any acts deliberately calculated at humiliating women on the political space and creating politics of anarchy,” reads the statement.

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