Malawi cop has ‘case to answer’ over July 20 killings

Police officer Stewart Lobo has a case to answer over the shooting and death of a Kawale Township resident George Thekere in the aftermath of the July 20, 2011 nationwide demonstrations against government, High Court judge Fiona Mwale ruled.

One of the accused Ian Kanyama captured poining a gun at a civiiian

One of the accused Ian Kanyama captured poining a gun at a civiiian

Twenty people died during the demonstrations after being shot at by police as unarmed citizens took to the streets to protest against the country’s then worsening economic situation and draconian laws that suppressed public liberties.

A commission of Inquiry appointed by former president late Bingu wa Mutharika, but whose results came out in July 2012 under the leadership of Joyce Banda, faulted the police for the deaths of the civilians and called for investigation and prosecution of those involved.

The inquiry also established that the police lacked sufficient non-lethal weapons which resulted in use of lethal weapons.

Lobo is one of nine police officers facing murder charges in relation to the death of 20 people on July 20 and 21 in 2011.

The court learnt through police investigator Leonard Ndala that the shot was targeted at another young man, Jones Mpambiche, but the bullet hit Thekere instead.

Ndala, however, told the court that he did not manage to get a list of officers who were dispatched to Kawale on July 21 or a list of how the weapons were distributed.

But senior legal aid advocate Gift Katundu in cross-examination asked why the police did not conduct parade identification for witnesses.

Ndala in his response said this was because Lobo on several occasions dodged the investigating officer.

In her determination, judge Mwale cited Section 313 of the Criminal Procedure and Evidence Code, saying: “When the case for the prosecution is closed and upon hearing any evidence which the High Court called under Section 201 has been taken, the High Court is of the opinion that a case is made out against the accused sufficiently to require him to make a defence.”

The judge has adjourned the case to a date to be advised later for the defence to parade its witnesses.

Lobo was arrested together with Sub-Inspector Kamwala of Lumbadzi Police Station,  Sergeant Ian Kanyama and Sergeant Makokezi of B Company.

Other police officers who were charges in connected with the July 20 senseless killings included Lemekezo Mikuti, Benedicto Dzombe, Paul Mussa, Mahomed Kulusinje and Kelvin Nyirenda, all from Ndirande Police Sub-station are being represented by lawyer Lusungu Gondwe.

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25 thoughts on “Malawi cop has ‘case to answer’ over July 20 killings”

  1. CFMC/CPJ says:

    The president Bingu and his cabinet ordered them to kill and he was doing direct orders. The minister of national security during this time is still in dpp then summon them all before Jury

  2. Lobo my [email protected] sec.xool.nkhanza za ku xool zija zilipobe?

  3. Wazil says:

    Fucken police killing our brothers why the must killed ar so plaese mr presdent thos police the a bastud ?

  4. Eliam k says:

    Both are to blame mainly the killed,were the grievances delivered to ptc’s,what were they doing there????

    1. yamikani says:

      Infact u mised the rules of shooting,thats why u blame cvilans.Kilin is not recomnded even to a direct fif unles beond the limit of polic cod.

  5. Nsena says:

    Kodi a malawi bwanji sitimaganiza mokuya nthawi zonse?since i was born i never see demo wophwanya ma shop and stealing property of som body amene sizikukhuza.to saying the truth 3 quater of them zinali mbava zothelatu musavutitse a police osalakwa.kodi kupha mbava kulakwa?musazilotse ndale ma judge ku malawi kuno corruption ndiye vuto lathu amangidwawo ndiye kuti ngaudindo wapansi.mayo officer zaziiiiiii!mpaka umangidwe kupha mbava mpaka jail aaaaa sindingalowe u police amakutengani ngati agalu.

  6. There is also kamoto of area 30.he was boasting about killing some

  7. POLISI YAKUMALAWI NDICHONCHO. AKULEPHERA KUONETSA UDOLO POTHETSA UMBANDA NDI UMBAVA, KOMA KUDZIWA 1. KUGWIRIRA, 2. KULANDIRA ZIPHUPHU, 3. KUOMBERA NDIKUPHA ANTHU OSALAKWA, 4. KUZEMBETSA UNIFORM, MFUTI NDI ZIPOLOPOLO KUKAPATSA MBAVA ZOKUBA NDI MFUTI

  8. Nyaunyau says:

    Imagine you were apolice officer by then, what would you do in a situation where people are found rooting & setting fire shops, but you do not have rubber bullets?????????????????????????

  9. apundi says says:

    ian wayaluka, nkhaza ankakupasani chani inu a bingu

  10. Ndatero ine says:

    Apolice ena kudzitengera pamgong’o amangeni basi

  11. ndadabwa says:

    a police agalu a agalu

  12. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

    State may determine and implement appropriate innovative way of educating POLICE, no one has RIGHT to violate constitutional right, now these perpetrators (police) must face the law and its consquences .

    Malawians were exercising their fundamental right by voicing out their needs through demonstrations against government now POLICE came with lethal weapons and killed my brothers and sisters WRONG, WRONG and indeed was inhuman conduct.

    Even the demostrators were wrong but they did not deserve to die like chickens you are wrong you police man

  13. enuf said says:

    Every body talking about
    Victims who died
    my sympathy are with them

    But

    Who will talk about the property lost???!!!!

    Out of 20 at least half were thieves

    By not mentioning, we are encouraging looting!

  14. Shocker says:

    The big number of those you were shot on 20 July came from Mzuzu but I can not see any police officer from Mzuzu mentioned to be arrested. Is it that the Mzuzu killings were justified. One police officer form Mzuzu boosted about killing the citizens. He has since been transfered to somewhere in Blantyre. Justice must prevail. God help your people.

  15. Shocker says:

    The big number of those you were shot on 20 July came from Mzuzu but I can not see any police officer from Mzuzu mentioned to be arrested. Is it that the Mzuzu killings were justified. One police officer form Mzuzu boosted about killing the citizens. He has since been transfrered to somewhere in Blantyre. Justice must prevail. God help your people.

  16. kanyimbi says:

    Next time these police officers will be afraid to do their job.

  17. shocker says:

    The big number of casualties was from Mzuzu but i can not see any police officer arrested from Mzuzu. Is it that the Mzuzu killings were justified? One police officer boosted about the killings in Mzuzu and now he is transfered to somewhere in Blantyre.

  18. ambuje says:

    police be on your guard. zinthu zizikutsalirani mukamagwira ntchito yanu mwa umbuli kuti kaya akutameni ndi ti jc ndi ti msce tama 48 points tanuto

  19. cbk says:

    aku ndirande,okey??

  20. Jokujoku says:

    What about mzuzu killing

  21. Arrest those who ordered shoot to kill during demos. Apolisi samalani ndi andalewa. Amangokugwiritsani ntchito koma zimakusalirani.

  22. Nedson Trouble Jere says:

    All implicated police officers should be killed as well.The problem with police is that many of are brutes.If they are educated that means they are educationally subnormal.Employ well educated officers so that you can be winning cases.Britain has just spent money for nothing on police reform programme.

  23. lesta says:

    Another group of people who need to be locked are the dpp mafias,they all deserve to be in jail,bingu must be tried in absentia,and be sentenced in absentia aswel,all top dpp gurus then must be locked up for murder

  24. Nipwipwi says:

    No right to demo, shame

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