The Malawi Police Service (MPS) reported that Malawi was “very calm” on Monday and recapped its assurance to citizens of “their total safety and security this time around when there are pockets of politically motivated violence.”
“The situation today, Monday, has been very calm. Facilities like shops, markets, schools, and hospitals are operating normally. In all the cities of Lilongwe, Mzuzu, and Blantyre, the situation is very calm,” James Kadadzera, Police chief publicist, said in a Police update issued from Area 30, the police headquarters in Lilongwe.
Kadadzera said out of the 18 people arrested in Lilongwe last week , 11 had been granted bail after appearing in court on charges ranging from malicious damage to proposing violence.
He said Police officers both on foot and vehicle patrols “were positioned in all strategic places in towns, cities and rural areas to reduce the fear of crime among Malawians.”
He encouraged all citizens to “report any sinister moves or discussions aimed at destabilizing peace and tranquility Malawians are currently enjoying.”
The PRO chief said the MPS continues working around the clock in ensuring that Malawians are safe and secure. “The Police implore every Malawian to say no to political violence. We also warn the perpetrators of political violence that the long arm of the law will catch up with them,” he said.
He reiterated that Malawians should restbe assured that the Police are containing all acts of political violence, adding that “ your safety is guaranteed.”
Malawi Congress Party's supporters last week staged protests and invaded Capital Hill-the seat of government in Lilongwe- and forced out civil servants from their offices. The protests were against the declaration by MEC of President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika as the winner of the May 21 poll, who floored MCP's Lazarus Chakwera by over 150,000 votes in winner takes it all.
Chakwera has been accused by Mutharika of inciting the violence and seeking to overthrow his government. He has urged Malawians to “reject anyone wanting to use your life as a pawn for power hungry politicians.”