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Rioting returnees arrested

Security authorities have confirmed the arrest of several Malawian returnees from South Africa following yesterday’s riots at Mapanga in Blantyre.

The incident involved 518 returnees quarantined at Mapanga Prison Training College since Friday for Covid testing before being released to their respective homes.

Commotion ensued at the facility after the returnees went on rampage demanding their passports back and instant release to their homes.

The uncompromising group burnt a guard room, beds and mattresses at the facility as well as smashing several vehicles on the Limbe-Zomba road.

Spokesperson for Malawi Prisons Service Chimwemwe Shaba  has told Capital FM that calm has since returned to the training centre.

“Currently the situation is quite normal, the returnees are cooperating and are listening to what the authorities are telling them.” Said Shaba.

Asked on the exact figure, of arrests made, Shaba said; “I am not sure about the exact figure but they are almost over 30 who were arrested.”

While also confirming the arrests, the police have not been forthcoming on the exact figure.

The returnees are expected to leave the place when their results are out.

Currently, prison authorities say  are yet to establish the cost of the damage caused by riots, but according to their spokesperson, the losses are in millions.


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