Police in Dowa have expressed a concern over the removal and burning of Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, flags from Namwiri to Mponela trading centre in the district.
The concern follows a football bonanza held last Saturday at Mponela Community Centre ground where some unknown people went on rampage damaging the DPP flags along the M1 road.
The bonanza attracted not only people from Mponela but other districts such as Lilongwe, Kasungu and Ntchisi making Mponela trading centre, the busiest on that day.
Mponela police station’s Officer-In-Charge, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Sydon Posha Mpina, said what happened after the bonanza was a worrisome development which the police in the district cannot sit down watching, but condemning it in strongest terms.
Mpina warned all perpetrators of political violence that they will be dealt with in accordance with the law saying all parties have followers who are free to raise their flags at their business premises.
In his remarks, Dowa District Council’s Chair, Councilor Precious Chaguza Kambuzi, called for peace from all political parties in the district so that each and every party is given a platform to campaign for its candidates in a conducive environment.
Kambuzi emphasized that it is the wish of the council to see to it that there are no political violence of any kind saying the council will hold all those who will be inciting violence to book.
Dowa District Elections officer, Leo Muhariwa, said the matter of removing and burning party flags will be discussed in a District Multiparty Liason Committee for the way forward, calling upon all party leaders in the district to get the message across to their followers to end this malpractice which cannot take the district to nowhere.
Muhariwa added that it is the mandate of the electoral body to hold the elections in a free, fair, credible and transparent manner hence condone political violence of any nature.