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Police in Karonga District are hunting for people suspected of smashing four vehicles belonging to Malawi Congress Party (MCP) officials.

Five members of the party are also said to have been attacked, as they were on their last leg of campaign in the district, ahead of the March 30 by-election.

The district swelled with political tension as political parties flocked to Karonga North West Constituency in their last attempt to canvass for votes.

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Alliance for Democracy, Democratic Progressive Party, UTM and United Democratic Front held rallies but it did not end well with MCP, which reported to police of an attack on its members and vehicles

Karonga Police Station spokesperson Enock Liverson confirmed the development, saying those that were attacked were rushed to hospital.

Liverson said, as part of their investigations, they picked one of UTM youth leaders in the Northern Region Mzondi Nkandawire for questioning on the matter.

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“We have launched an investigation into the matter and we will soon make a breakthrough because we have leads. Some of the people were attacked at Pacific Lodge while the others were attacked at Lovemore Lodge.

“Both lodges are here in Karonga. Officially, four vehicles have been smashed while five people have been attacked, two of which reported that they were also robbed,” he said.

One of those attacked, who claimed that his vehicle—an ambulance— was smashed, Lilongwe South East Constituency legislator Steven Malondera, alleged that the attackers were members of UTM.

“I was with Dr Abel Kayembe and we were coming from the stadium heading to where we were lodging. We wanted to collect party cloths and we were using my ambulance. We then came across a group of UTM supporters who blocked us and they literary pulled me out of the vehicle and poured alcohol on me,” he said.

But UTM regional governor for the Northern Region Moses Mlenga distanced the party from the alleged attackers.

“We did not send anybody to attack anybody,” he said.

Catholic University Head of Department of Political Leadership, Chimwemwe Kandodo, Sunday said the violence between the Tonse Alliance partners only weakened their alliance.

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