Police Arrest 76 Over Looting, Property Damage During Demos
Police have arrested 76 people that participated in Wednesday's demonstrations organized by the Human Rights Ambassadors (HRM) in Lilongwe against what they call selective justice in the judiciary.
Spokesperson for Lilongwe Police, Hastings Chigalu has confirmed of the arrests to Zodiak Online saying the group will answer three charges unlawful assembly, contempt of court and inciting violence.
"We have deployed enough police officers in Area 36, Kaphiri and Malangalanga which were affected with the demonstrations," Chigalu said.
Chigalu further says they will continue to monitor the situation in various areas since some property has been damaged by the protestors.
"It is unfortunate that some people diverted the demonstrations to looting and property damage," Chigalu added.
HRM Co-Chairperson Kingsley Mpasu told Zodiak Online that they are not moved with the arrests of their members until justice prevails.
"We are totally against selective justice in the judicial system and we calling upon our leaders to handle this issue with urgency," Mpasu said.
Other notable faces that have been arrested include Malawi Watch Executive Director Billy Banda, Phunziro Mvula and Chimwemwe Mphepo.
Police used teargas to disperse protesters around Biwi Triangle, Lilongwe community centre and Wakawaka market area.