Man arrested for stoning billboard with Malawi president's face

2016-02-17 12:17
Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

Newly elected Malawian president Peter Mutharika signs the oath book after he was sworn in, at the High Court in Blantyre, Malawi. (Thoko Chikondi, AP)

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Lilongwe – A man from the Lunzu area of Blantyre in Malawi has been arrested after he was seen throwing stones at an image of President Peter Mutharika on a billboard.

According to Malawi24, the assistant police publicist in the country's southern region, Peter Mchiza, said Chikondi Saidi, 26, was arrested after a tip-off by people who witnessed him performing the act.

The billboard has a message about the Decent and Affordable Housing Subsidy Programme by the ruling Democratic Progress Party (DPP).

Police said they arrested him for vandalism, according to Nyasa Times.

The police were also under the impression that the incident could incite violence in the area.

If convicted, Saidi could face up to five years in prison.

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