By Banthu Times Reporter 29/11/2013
Police in Mzimba have arrested two men from Traditional Authority Mabilabo for allegedly attempting to register twice in the ongoing registration in Mzimba District.
Police Station Officer, Earnest Mazingaliwa, said the two men are Daniel Zulu, 22, from Mseka Village in the area of Traditional Authority Mabilabo and Nicholas Baloyi, 22 from Chinjoka Village in the same traditional authority (Mabilabo) in the district.
Mazingaliwa said during their investigations, Daniel Zulu registered at Mwantche Centre on 25th November and again went to Jeketera Centre to register.
On the other hand, his counterpart Nicholus Baloyi, first registered at Kafuku Centre in Lilongwe and came to Mzimba where he wanted to register again at Echikhangeni Centre in Mzimba Luwerezi Constituency.
According to the station officer, the two men’s breach of the electoral laws was discovered by National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) monitors who, upon questioning them, were found with two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) identity cards issued from where they registered at first.
Mazingaliwa said the police were then alerted about the issue which led to the arrest of the two suspects.
“The suspects are currently in police custody and they will appear before the court soon to answer charges of registering twice, contrary to Section 115 of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act.
“We also arrested Witman Kathawira, 38 from Traditional Authority Mabilabo for trying to protest against the arrest of Daniel Zulu. He will also answer charges of conduct likely to cause breach of peace,” Mazingaliwa said.