Malawi Police Service (MPS) has arrested five people on suspicion that they incited violence when President Peter Mutharika conducted whistle-stop campaign meetings at Nsundwe, Kabudula and Nsalu trading centres in Lilongwe last week.
In an interview yesterday, National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said the five were arrested last week on separate occasions at Nsundwe and Nsalu both in Lilongwe.
Governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) spokesperson Nicholas Dausi on Tuesday accused opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters of allegedly inciting violence on both occasions, a claim MCP secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka dismissed.
Yesterday, Kadadzera said the victims included some of the people returning from the rallies and other government vehicles, including a police bus.
He said: “They [the suspects] are going to answer charges of malicious damage as in the process, vehicles from police, Ministry of Information and one for Sendera Sisters [DPP women dance group] had their windows shattered.”
Kadadzera identified the five as 22-year-old Macsessio Balawo and Mphatso Daveson, 23, from Nsundwe; 21-year-old Gedion Bakili, Ndala Kamwendo, 26, and Dalitso Sinkanako, 33, from Nsalu.
On Tuesday last week, Dausi alleged that some MCP supporters stoned some vehicles on the presidential motorcade as it drove between Kamwendo and Mkanda trading centres in Mchinji.
The DPP spokesperson, who is also Minister of Homeland Security, said five people were injured and two of them were treated as outpatients at Mchinji District Hospital while the other three were referred to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH).