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Police on manhunt for Peter Mutharika’s Ndirande attackers

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JAMES KADADZERA

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) on Friday said it is yet to make in-roads with its investigations on the fracas that ensued in Ndirande Township where President Peter Mutharika’s motorcade was pelted with stones by residents.

People chanted anti- Mutharika songs and booed him and his running mate Atupele Muluzi who went on a parade after presenting nomination forms to Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) on Thursday.

Asked on how far they have gone with investigations into the incident and if at all any arrests have been made, national police spokesperson James Kadadzera said: “I am yet to get official details on the incident.”

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The Sunday Times has gathered that when Mutharika and Muluzi, approached the township, they faced resistance from the residents who also attempted to block the road.

It has also been reported that police have launched a manhunt for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM officials, Moses Kumkuyu and Lewis Ngalande respectively, in relation to the fracas.

Kadadzera did not comment on the reports.

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But Kunkuyu in an interview on Friday distanced himself from the claims calling them unfounded and politically motivated.

“I woke up to absurd and silly allegations linking my name to the Ndirande fracas…Putting the record straight, I have never supported politics of terror, intimidation and violence despite being a victim of such under the current regime,” he said.

On his part, Ngalande said he had nothing to do with what happened in Ndirande, but stressed that what happened is a clear message to Mutharika that people do not want him.

“They must read the situation that this is a sign of change, people are tired in this country they want change,” Ngalande said.

On Wednesday, presidential candidate for the ‘Tonse Alliance’ comprising Malawi Congress Party (MCP), UTM and other parties Lazarus Chakwera, with his running mate, Saulos Chilima also conducted a whistle-stop tour in Ndirande where they addressed their supporters who chanted songs in praise of the new alliance.

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