LILONGWE--Malawi Police have information that could lead to the arrest of an individual suspected of supporting crime in the country.
“One of those that attacked the Deputy Reserve Bank Governor Mary Nkosi’s residence a week ago mentioned a businessman as having hired him to dent the image of this government, so we are looking for that person to explain,” said Pres Joyce Banda responding to concerns that crime was getting out of control in the country.
Malawi has seen a rise in crime since Pres Banda took power in April following the unexpected death of Pres Bingu wa Mutharika.
Opposition Democratic Progressive Party, which lost power after Mutharika’s death, has been out accusing the new administration – DPP expelled Vice Pres Banda in 2010 from the party after disagreeing with Mutharika to have his brother to succeed him in 2014 – of failing to provide security.
After Mutharika's death, despite the Constitution being clear on the next in line, DPP diehards at first resisted the idea of then VP Banda assuming power, arguing that she didn’t belong to the ruling party.
While members of Banda’s People’s Party have accused the DPP of supporting crime to discredit the government, there’s been no concrete evidence to back up the claims.
“One day we will know the truth,” said Pres Banda who also commented on instances of mob justice in the country.
Mob justice, said Banda, is ‘illegal and wrong”.
But, the president said, it’s possible people were frustrated that some individuals who work in security were helping criminals instead of providing protection.
“When we made changes of those manning the borders and some in police services [we saw] cases of immigrants being caught at borders.
“At Dzaleka Refugee Camp there was a whole syndicate [of criminals],” said Pres Banda.
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