Police Arrest 68 MCP+UTM+HRDC Looters…Other Stolen Items Recovered

7 JULY 2019

One of the looted shops: Spar in Lilongwe

The Malawi Police Service (MPS) wishes to assure Malawians of their total safety and security when there are continued incidences of violence and looting in some parts of the country.

The current situation is relatively calm and being closely monitored by law enforcement agencies.

The MPS strongly condemns the criminal acts and looting that resurfaced during the demonstrations in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Zomba, Mzuzu, Rumphi, and Karonga on Thursday. Some
shops in Lilongwe City centre were smashed, some roads in town were blocked and tyres burnt.

In isolated cases, the rioters harassed innocent bystanders and pelted stones on vehicles and buildings.

The police stresses that the perpetrators will be answerable in Court as individuals. So far we have arrested 68 suspects strongly connected to the looting and injuring of police officers as follows; in
Kamphata (16), Lilongwe Old Town (8), Lilongwe City Centre (15), Mzuzu (18), and 11 in Rumphi.

In Mzuzu 55 out of 231 bicycles that were stolen from Mzuzu ADD offices have been recovered. We have also recovered 4 computer monitors and 2 CPUs.

The law enforcers are vigilant and alert in making sure that everything is under control, day and night. We have put in
place strategies and modalities so that citizens can normally access services at hospitals, schools, shops, and markets.

The Police are also warning all those who are creating and spreading scary messages and audios on Social media propagating hatred and violence that they will be traced and answer in Court. It 
is a crime to fabricate messages on Social media or any other medium, bent at instilling fear or panic on Malawians.

We continue to deploy Police officers in all strategic places in towns, cities and rural areas to reduce the fear of crime among Malawians.

MPS calls upon every Malawian to say no to violence, looting and theft in disguise of demonstrations. The Police reassures Malawians that their safety and security is guaranteed.
Senior Superintendent James Kadadzera
Public Relations Officer

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