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Police to assess demonstrations damage

By Samuel Kalimira:

Police plan to assess the damage caused during Tuesday’s anti-Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Justice Jane Ansah demonstrations.

Malawians, at the behest of Human Rights Defenders Coalition, flocked to the streets in the three cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre.

As has been the case during such demonstrations, violence reared its ugly head again in Mzuzu and Lilongwe as protesters advanced their anti-Ansah agenda, even though their target made it clear in a post-May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections interview that her fate was in the hands of the court, further describing calls for her to resign as “mob justice”.

National Police spokesperson, James Kadadzera, said law enforcers would first consolidate reports from regions before coming up with figures.

In the meantime, it is known that a police anti-riot vehicle known as mbaula was torched in Lilongwe, where shops were also vandalised.

In Mzuzu, one of the victims is Alliance for Democracy senior member Dan Msowoya, who estimates that property worth over K2 million was damaged at his Katoto house.

“People who masqueraded as protesters stormed my house carrying tree branches. They started pelting my vehicles with stones. The vehicles were parked outside my house.

“They came in large numbers. Some smashed my vehicles and run away while others stole clothes and blankets that were hanging on the cloth-line. This is the time I released that they were not protesters but thieves.

“I think I will need to source around K2 million to maintain my vehicle and other properties,” Msowoya said.

Democratic Progressive Party Member of Parliament for Mzimba, Luwerezi, Sam Chirwa, said protesters nearly stormed his house in Area 4 in Mzuzu but thanked Malawi Defense Force soldiers for coming in time.

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