Police yet to arrest Lilongwe arson suspects

Almost a week after the petrol bombing of UTM offices in Lilongwe which claimed lives of a mother and her son, Malawi Police Service (MPS) is yet to make any arrests.

National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera told YFM on Monday that he cannot comment on the delay as investigations are underway.

“As police we are committed to investigating occurrences of violence in the country but we are also inviting Malawians of good will to tip us anything that can lead to the arrest of the assailants,”  Kadadzera said.

Seven family members suffered various degrees of injuries after unknown assailants burnt an office belonging to UTM party in Area 22 in Lilongwe.

Ayiles Tambala and her son Shukuran, 11, died at Kamuzu Central Hospital where they were admitted for severe burns.

Meanwhile, various civil society organizations have threatened to take police to task if nothing is done on the matter.

Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives- CDEDI has given a 10-day ultimatum to the acting Inspector General of Police, Duncan Mwapasa to investigate and prosecute perpetrators of political violence.

CDEDI has described police’s silence on the developments as suspicious saying the move is a threat to the country’s peace, law and order.

CDEDI has therefore said that it will drag the acting IG to court for criminal negligence should he fail to comply.

The country has been witnessing various incidences of political violence in the districts of Blantyre, Thyolo, Mulanje, Lilongwe and Balaka.

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