The Malawi Police Service says it has now arrested over 100 people in relation to last week’s anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations organized by the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC).
National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera told YFM that there are expectations that the figures might rise as police investigations are still underway.
A number of shops in Lilongwe were looted and government’s property was also targeted during the protests dubbed One Million March which turned violent.
“We are mandated by law to apprehend wrong doers and in that respect over a 100 suspects were arrested.
“Most were caught red-handed with the items that they stole. A lot of both public and private property was destroyed and looted,” Kadadzera said.
He has thanked the community for collaborating with police officers to ensure that all the suspects are apprehended.
Kadadzera said the suspects have started appearing in court to answer charges ranging from theft to malicious damage.
He has assured Malawians that all suspects who took part in the looting will be prosecuted.
Kadadzera said the police will continue guarding and patrolling all sensitive and strategic places in Lilongwe city to ensure maximum security.