Chief Kaomba, MHRC caution Malawi Police on arbitrary arrests

The influential Chewa Senior Chief Kaomba of Kasungu has cautioned against arbitray arrests which are politically motivated, saying President Peter Mutharika’s cabinet ministers and a pool of his advisors  should  work for the best interests of Malawians.

Kaomba:  Politically motivated arrest are unacceptable

Kaomba: Politically motivated arrest are unacceptable

Chief Kaomba made the remarks during a news conferencee in Lilongwe organized by the Chiefs Forum.

Since Sunday this week, the police have been arresting MCP officials including Ulemu Msungama (who is challenging the disputed 2014 election results for Lilongwe City South East Constituency), Jessie Kabwira (Lawmaker for Salima North West) and Peter Chankhwantha (legislator for Lilongwe Rural South West) over WhatsApp conversation and have been accused of sedition and treason.

Kaomba said : “ I urge the police to work professionally, they should not be dragged into politics that will divide the country. Malawi has never been to war and we don’t even want one.”

The Senior Chief also advised President Mutharika’s pool of advisors and cabinet minister to be pillars of peace when discharging their work.

“Ministers and presidential advisors should be advising the President based on facts on the ground. They should not be misleading him because at the end of the day, citizens will continue to suffer,” he said.

The chiefs forum was formed in January to enable the Chiefs to come together and comment on things of national importance with a collective stand.

Meanwhile, the state funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) has vehemently faulted unprofessional conduct of Malawi Police for  arresting MCP officials without substantial evidence and raping the constitution of detaining lawmakers when parliament is in session.

MHRC Chairperson,  Justice Dzonzi said in a statement that  there  is the need for police to conduct their duties in accordance with the law not political influences saying such conduct diminish the trust people have on them as custodians of law and order.

The human rights body observed that the conduct of the police violated the law of the land section 153 which gives the powers to protect public safety and rights of all Malawians in accordance with the Constitution and any other law and apprehend and for whose apprehension sufficient grounds exist.

Dzonzi said  the manner and the timing of the arrests of the three politicians raise serious issues with respect to the openness of the human rights space in Malawi, given previous experiences under different administrations where similar arrests have been orchestrated as a way of suppression of critics or dealing with dissent.

“Past experience shows that state agencies have been employed as instruments for dealing with what are deemed to be the critics of sitting Governments in a heavy handed manner, for example through unwarranted arrests on apparent trumped up charges, subjection of critics to undue processes at the hands of the police and various other threats either through anonymous telephone calls to public rally pronouncements isolating and demonizing selected critics.

“Complicit in these developments was the state media and some NGOs that played the role of fuelling attacks against critics through broadcast of propaganda. Regrettably, this historic turn of events seem to be slowly being reincarnated with the recent developments of NGOs that have grouped together to downplay the critics of the current ruling party, as well as the consistent monitoring of the views and opinions of such NGOs by the state broadcaster in a manner that borders on propaganda.”

MHRC said  it is calling on political players from across different parties to ensure that they exercise the “ highest degree of tolerance of the diverse views.”

Inspector General (IG) of Police Lexten Kachama told the news conference on Wednesday, February 24 in the capital Lilongwe that there is no evidence to press treason charge against MCP official contracting his spokesperson, Nicholas Gondwa that MCP officials were charged with sedition and treason.

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senxo
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senxo
7 months 2 days ago

Please educate me, Chiefs must be graduating everyday! Always dressed in graduation gowns!!

Khwinda
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Khwinda
7 months 3 days ago

Any rubbish and stupidity that Kaomba utters from his open mouth does not represent Chewas at all. He is just one of these nosense who goes about begging money for favors from any ruling party

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7 months 3 days ago

sanalakwitse, ndi mbuzidi imeneyi yopanda nzeru aziganiza ngati mfumu Kaomba who knows that there is always tomorrow ndiye ndale akuchita gondwayu instead working as a police officer is creating own downfall so nchitsirudi ameneyu chifukwa alibe nzeru

Chakhalira
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Chakhalira
7 months 3 days ago
Zimafumu zonsezi zilibe nzeru! Mfumu ya nzeru anali T/A Chindi okha who stood for the interest of the students Not to be ferried to Karonga to dance for Ngwazi Banda. Analolera kuchoka mu Nyumba imene anawamangila and told Ngwazi to remove the house from his home! This was our T/A! Zimafumu izi have their interest for their pockets NOT for Malawians! This Mtchona President is worse! MCP is saying, ” Mr. President, DPP and Useless Mafumu” Release maize for Malawians in 30 days! If you do not, then step down, pack up and Goooooooh! Basi! Very simple! But these Mafumu… Read more »
youna
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youna
7 months 3 days ago

Amfumu aiwerenga game. Ndikufuna ndimve a Lukwa and a Lundu anenanji.

jemba
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jemba
7 months 4 days ago

mbuzi za anthu

Tan'gatan'ga
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Tan'gatan'ga
7 months 4 days ago
Malawi Chiefs are either ignorant of the Constitution, or have been pressured to say what they are saying. The President can choose to resign and it is perfectly legal. In the event that he resigns, automatically the Vice President takes over to the end of the term. Therefore, to say that MCP wants the presidency is false because it cannot happen. Everyone will have to wait until 2019. Those pressing for the Presidents resignation also know what the Constitution says. Therefore, to suggest that there would be war if Peter resigns is nonsense. Why was there no war when Bingu… Read more »
Jane Banda
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7 months 4 days ago

Bravo Chief Kaomba!!! Ndakunyadilani I wish I could meet u in person and shake your hand. Mature thinking, you are a Presidential advisor material….

The Partriot
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The Partriot
7 months 4 days ago
Uwu ndiye ufumu wanzeru! For once a chief has told the President nothing but the truth. Chief Kaomba , you are the man! The irony is someone who claimed that “his arrest was politically motivated and the charge of treason was stupid” is now the one conducting the Police choir, ochestrating arbitrary arrests on his critics! How time does fly, him of the $midnight six” fame now using the Police to suppress dissent! APM and his midnight six gang should not forget that times change, they were in jail themselves less than two years ago and now they are ruling!… Read more »
Kent Y.G. Mphepo
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Kent Y.G. Mphepo
7 months 4 days ago
Countrymen, First, let me congratulate our First Lady, Madam Dr. Gertrude Muthalika on receiving the honorary doctoral degree in Environmental Management from the Malawi Polytechnic of the University of Malawi! It is my hope that this will inspire her and all of us to greater involvement in the protection of our environment in the country. May we all join her in this effort so that Malawi becomes a better country to live in. Secondly, let me join Chief Kaomba (incidentally, my own chief and parent) in cautioning those in authority to avoid getting too intoxicated with power and beginning to… Read more »
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