Government to investigate demo violence

Government says it will institute an investigation into the circumstances that led to eruption of violent acts between Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) protestors and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters.

The move follows an appeal by interim leader of opposition Lobin Lowe who expressed concerns over the fracas and demanded an explanation on the issue which left one of the HRDC members Billy Mayaya seriously injured.

In response to the calls, Minister of Homeland Security Nicholas Dausi said those who were behind the attacks will be brought to book.

Pictures that are circulating on social media forums have shown suspected DPP cadets hacked activist Billy Mayaya during anti-Jane Ansah demonstrations in Blantyre on Wednesday.

Dausi however disputed social media videos which apparently indicate that the DPP cadets were behind the attacks.

DPP supporters later marched towards Blantyre CBD in the afternoon after police dispersed anti-Jane Ansah demonstrators.

During the fracas, police officers fired teargas canisters at protesters and patients at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital a scenario which caused the death of a child and fainting of a pregnant woman.

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