The Malawi Police Service (MPS) has said there are people planning to engage in criminal acts during the 27 April demonstrations.
In a press statement on Monday signed by National Spokesperson James Kadadzera, the police say they have collected credible intelligence that some unpatriotic Malawians are planning to carry out criminal acts during the demonstrations by disguising themselves as demonstrators.
The Police have warned such people that they will be dealt with.
In the statement, the MPS acknowledges that the constitution of the country gives every Malawian the right to assemble and demonstrate.
“Every citizen participating in the demonstrations is required, by law, to desist from destruction of property, causing injury to people, unnecessary obstruction of traffic, acts of hooliganism and use of words that propagate hatred against a group of people,” Kadadzera explained.
The police have since assured Malawians that they will tighten security during the day and Malawians will be safe.
Meanwhile, the police have urged the media to use their code of ethics when covering the protests as advocated by oversight bodies such as MISA Malawi and Media Council of Malawi.
“It is the expectation of MPS that the media houses will refrain from sensational coverage of the April 27 demonstrations to avoid inciting masses to commit acts of violence,” says the statement.