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Police have been deployed to trace and arrest individuals, mostly young people that have been seen, on social media, brandishing guns and panga knives, threatening to deal with each other over issues surrounding recent demonstrations in the country.

Minister of Homeland Security, Richard Chimwendo Banda, said a special team has been set up to trace the individuals who have been threatening those for as well as against the anti-government demonstrations.

He said it has emerged that some of them are outside the country while others are in Malawi, stressing that they will all be traced, arrested and the law will take its course.

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He made the remarks in Parliament Monday when Mulanje Bale Parliamentarian, Victor Musowa, stood up in the House to raise a concern over the matter.

Musowa said the actions were uncalled for because Malawi is a peaceful nation and that there was a need to maintain that peace.

Recently, there have been video clips circulating on social media, showing some people threatening those intending to participate in anti-government demonstrations.

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Banda said those responsible would be arrested without looking at the political colours.

“We have seen young people, just because they are outside the country they think they can show off guns, that is a very big crime,” Banda warned.

He explained that such a tendency had been tolerated for a long time, mostly during the past regime.

“I have instructed the Malawi Police Service to take this very seriously and they are already on the ground. Very soon, we will be identifying these young people, they are going to face the law,” warned Banda.

He emphatically explained that it does not matter which part of the country the person involved comes from, as long as that person is a Malawian, he will face the law.

Former UTM youth director, Bon Kalindo, organized anti-government demonstrations in Blantyre, expressing concerns over the rising cost of living and failure by the Tonse Alliance administration.

Kalindo indicated that he would lead another demonstration in Lilongwe but some unidentified youths have been warning him against the move, threatening to deal with him if he continued with the plan.

In Blantyre, the demonstrations were marred by violence, with reports indicating that there was another group that was against the demonstrations.

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