K16 million worth of property damaged in suspected arson

Property worth over K16 million has been damaged in the arson of the house of Joyce Mvula, a Democratic Progressive Party1’s women league chairperson in Mzuzu.

The incident happened in the wee hours of Monday.

Son to Mvula, Peter Mumba who is also Chairperson for the Joint Civil Society on Good Governance described the incident as political.

Reports indicate that on Saturday, there was a meeting at Joyce Mvula’s house in Mchengautuwa in preparation for a rally, where senior officials like Jappie Mhango, Vuwa Kaunda, Ken Sanga were available.

Later, there was distribution of money to those who attended the meeting.

It is alleged that when other people around the area saw the DPP senior officials, they started calling them out that they are cadets and that they should share the money with them.

However, the situation seemed to have calmed down, just for some people to come back on Sunday midnight and torched a car, a house and stole some things from the house.

Police came to the rescue and disbursed the crowd by firing teargas. Police are yet to make any arrests on the perpetrators.

Mumba said his dad was injured in the fracas and has been treated as an outpatient.

Both Mvula and husband were moved to undisclosed location for their safety.

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