Inspector General of police Loti Dzonzi has ordered that nothing should be moved out of State House. He has also stopped any relative of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika from doing so.
â€œItâ€™s true that some relatives were trying to move some personal belongings and we decided to stop that because it was bad timing…as police we are aware that people are moving property and we are on high alert so that this does not happen,â€ Dzonzi said.
He, however, declined to discuss what the relatives were trying to move out of the house, saying that investigations are still going on.
At a news conference earlier in the week, President Joyce Banda hinted that her administration has knowledge of people trying to move State property. She warned that she was not going to allow people from taking away what belongs to Malawians.
She didnâ€™t mention the State House issue.
Banda became Malawiâ€™s and southern Africaâ€™s first female head of State last Saturday â€” raising hopes for a fresh start after the death of her mercurial predecessor.
On her first official day in office, she sacked loyalists of her predecessor including Information Minister Patricia Kaliati.
Mutharika, 78, was flown to South Africa on Thursday last week after he died at Kamuzu Central Hospital. His remains are expected in the country today.
Many Malawians personally held the late president responsible for the economic crisis that stemmed ultimately from a diplomatic dispute with former colonial power Britain, a year ago.