Chanco girls to sue Malawi police over brutality- Rights campaigners

Gender and women activist Emma Kaliya has told parents of the girls brutalised by police on Tuesday to take the police to court to seek redress.

Kaliya’s comments come after a video clip was released on social media showing the police verbally and physically abusing the girls at the height of the Chancellor College student violent protests.

A police officer is seen slapping one of the girls.

“I urge the parents of the girls to sue the police, that was gross abuse of the girl students,” said Kaliya.

She said the police were very unprofessional, saying they would have contained the situation without abusing the girls.

Timothy Mtambo of Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation concurred with Kaliya, saying the police used excess force when dealing with the protests.

“This means the police reforms are not working,” he said.

Inspector General of Police refused to comment on the matter and referred the issue to National Police headquarters spokesperson.

Deputy spokesperson for the police Tomeck Nyaude also refused to comment, saying he had not yet seen the video clip that has gone viral on social media.

Eastern region police headquarters spokesperson Joseph Sauka said the girls can lodge a complaint with the police Professional Standards Unit if it is true that they were abused.

Chancellor College Students Union president Ayuub Sylvester said the video clip shows just a portion of the brutality of the police.

Among others, he alleged the police set some hostels and college facilities on fire and threw tear gas in hostel rooms including those housing students with special needs, claims denied by Sauka as untrue.

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Mwanache
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Mwanache
2 months 3 days ago

Chanco students mwawonjeza. Palibe nkhani apa. Apolice ali ndi ntcito zambiri zti agwire they cant waste time ndi unrully students. Akangatheni amenewo

Samsung Nokia
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2 months 4 days ago

kkkkk

Samsung Nokia
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2 months 4 days ago

PALIBE ZOSUMILANA APA….inu munaonako kuti police ukupanga handle protestors diplomatically?
mukanfuse mesho wanga anamugwira ali mu library akuwerenga hahahahaha

concerned citizen
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concerned citizen
2 months 4 days ago

These police officers must be charged They are used to abusing arrested people in police cells.They are so used to doing this to an extent that now, are doing it in public. This ours, is not a police service but a police force.

Trendex
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Trendex
2 months 4 days ago

ARE BRUTALITIES BY THE POLICE STILL NOTICEABLE IN MALAWI? WHERE IS PITALA MUNTHARIKA? MAY BE HE OLD ENOUGH THAT HE CAN NOT SEE THE ORDEAL? WHEN THE IG REFUSES TO COMMENT AND THE POLICE SPOKESPERSON TOO, WHAT DOES THIS MEAN? REFORMS ARE RUBBISH AND THEY JUST TAKE TAX PAYERS MONEY FOR NOTHING. ABOLISH THE REFORMS AS THEY DO NOT ADDRESS ISSUES ON THE GROUND. DPP IS WORSE THAN THE OLD MCP IN ATROCITY RECORDS.

The Patriot
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The Patriot
2 months 4 days ago

Mulandu okwanakwana uwu!! These savages have to learn a bitter lesson, they have been abusing the citizens for too long!
in July 20, 2011 they massacred 20 civilians and none of them paid for it.
Please parents of the two dont be afraid , press charges and sue these two vagabonds masquerading as policemen! If these were my daughters I will pursue these two policemen until they pay a heavy price!
For feminists, this is gender based violence, please push hard for a conviction, no fine!!!

ANALYST
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ANALYST
2 months 4 days ago
Take them on indeed – apolisi athu kuno ndi opusa kwambiri! They behave as if they are foreigners invading this country! We can not tolerate this nonsense – people have rights under the constitution of Malawi to demonstrate against (or for) their leaders – and especially now that this “Zicheche-eating government” is in hibernation! To the human rights defenders (Emma Kaliya, Timothy Mtambo, et al) – take this up – dont just leave it in the hands of the parents of the abused girls. Some of them might be coming from very poor and disadvantaged families so much so that… Read more »
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Samsung Nokia
2 months 4 days ago

kkkkkkk choncho sukulu imakoma……umakhala ndi zambiri zozauza anthu kut i learnt alot ku college

Francis Mpinganjira
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2 months 4 days ago

Life in Malawi.

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