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MCP/DPP Supporters Beat up Chitipa Police Officer

It is fake news that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters or Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) supporters have beaten up Abel Simovwe, a police officer in Chitipa.


Two different posts with a picture depicting a police officer in a blood stained uniform have been circulating on social media. One post alleges that MCP supporters have beaten a police officer while the other post says DPP cadets have beaten the officer.

But in an interview with Fake Watch Africa, National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzera described both stories as fake saying the truth of the matter is that the officer in the picture, Abel Simovwe was one of the police officers wounded on duty by angry mob who stormed a police station in Chitipa to rescue two criminal suspects who were being held at the station.

“The posts on social media are fake, the true story behind this picture is that Inspector Abel Simovwe was one of the officers wounded on June 14, 2019 by angry mob in Chitipa in a case to do with witchcraft allegations in the district,” said Kadadzera.

The picture of the officer is said to have been taken after the incident at the station.