Fresh probe in Lazarus Chakwera’s Mzuzu fracas

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The Police in Mzuzu have said they are launching a new probe into the violence that erupted during a solidarity rally that leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera conducted in Mzuzu in 2016.

Times reported five months ago that the files of the case went missing which has necessitated the new probe.

Chakwera, who is also leader of the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, convened the meeting together with People’s Party (PP) and Alliance for Democracy (Aford) leaders at Chibavi ground.

During the rally some MCP and PP supporters were hacked by unknown thugs who came to disrupt the rally.

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MCP accused the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of engineering the fracas.

Two days later, the police arrested four people in connection to the violence but were later released pending investigations.

With no major progress reported on the investigations Times established that the case files had gone missing.

But speaking to journalists recently Mzuzu Police Officer In-Charge Lovemore Mwabumba said his office is considering conducting fresh investigations for the isolated cases including that of the fracas in question among other politically related matters.

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“If there are some concerns on such isolated cases then they should go through my office so that we can see the status of the cases and even consider them for re-investigation, we will make follow-ups to ensure there is proper redress,” Mwabumba said.

He however refuted that the files went missing.

Reacting to the news MCP’s spokesperson Ezekiel Ching’oma described the move as baseless arguing the police already have information on the matter.

“The details about the perpetrators of that violence are well known to police. The only worrying thing is that we suspect there are few faces in the police who are political. This is one of the things MCP will change come 2019 elections.

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“Look what has happened in Mulanje Milonde ward, MCP supporters have been hacked for holding MCP rallies. What have the police done?” Ching’oma querried.

Social commentator Moses Mkandawire recently said cases of political violence are not supposed to die naturally, but taken to court for justice to prevail for the sake of would-be perpetrators.

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