Malawi police warns against social media abuse

Police have warned that they will arrest all the people involved in spreading fake news on social media about security lapse in the country.

Speaking to YFM, national deputy police spokesperson, Peter Kalaya, said they have learned with great concern that there are misguided people who are spreading fake news through social media, a development which is bringing panic among the people.

Kalaya said: “Police is denouncing the growing tendency by some misguided individuals involved in spreading fake news through social media claiming that there is security lapse in the country which is totally untrue.”

He therefore warned against the spreading of such fake news and that any perpetrator, once found, will be arrested and prosecuted.

Kalaya has also disclosed that in the past seven days police have arrested 450 suspects in Blantyre and Lilongwe townships.

The suspects have been arrested for being suspected of committing different crimes including theft, house breaking, and unlawful wounding and found in procession of property suspected to have been stolen.

250 suspects have been arrested in Kawale, Kanengo, Lingadzi and Likuni townships in Lilongwe.

In Blantyre, 200 suspects have been arrested in Limbe, Ndirande, Chirimba and Bangwe townships.

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