Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) director of field operations Ben Phiri has accused Inspector General (IG) of Police Lot Dzonzi of being dishonest on the reason for the delay to arrest his assailants.
Phiri, who is also special assistant to DPP president Peter Mutharika, was assaulted last month at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre and was admitted to hospital. He claimed to have lost K200 000 (US$491) in the process.
Dzonzi told The Nation on Wednesday that although names of people that allegedly assaulted Phiri were given to police, there was need for more investigations to avoid arresting wrong people.
But addressing a news conference in Blantyre yesterday, Phiri wondered when the police started investigating matters before arresting suspects.
“Police have all the information about those that assaulted me. I was with [DPP spokesperson] Nicholas Dausi and [People’s Party acting secretary general] Paul Maulidi when this was happening, including hotel staff. So, to talk about investigations is not telling the truth,” said Phiri.
He claimed that Blantyre Police already investigated the matter and that the case file was transferred to regional police headquarters.
“They [assaulters] said I was preventing them from running government properly. I do not know which government they were talking about,” claimed Phiri.
He claimed there was other information which stated that his assault followed his disclosure of the plane that arrived midnight at Chileka International Airport.n