Malawi CSOs press for Independent Police Complaints Commission

Civil society groups have ganged up to press for the creation of an Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Mtambo : Police compaints commission needed

Mtambo : Police compaints commission needed

The civil society leaders say there is need for the commission because of increasing incidents of police brutality.

Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo  said there was need for such a body where people can go when they feel hurt by police.

“Incidents of mob justice are as a result of people not having confidence in police. The commission can help give solutions,” he said.

As of now, it is difficult to report police abuse to higher authorities because chances are the authorities might not act on.

Police publicist Nicholas Gondwa refused to comment on the issue.

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7 thoughts on “Malawi CSOs press for Independent Police Complaints Commission”

  1. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Is Mtambo just copying, holus-bolus, what is is happening in the countries where his CSO money comes from? Or is he able to adapt the practices to the local environment appropriately? In other words, as much as an independent investigations body promotes good behavior, practices and professionalism in policing, such bodies are expensive to set up and maintain. A unitary body may not be sustainable, or some may even say is not a priority, at this juncture in our country.
    Mtambo may think this is a high priority, but tell that to the President of the country who is NOT sleeping due to the current drought situation … and never mind next year’s looming hunger!
    Perhaps Mtambo should identify some pruning in some departments, and amalgamation of the pruned to form such an independent body. The current Ombudsperson office is already saturated.
    And where are the funds going to come from? Perhaps Mtambo should persuade his foreign sponsors to fund the new independent body: from set up thru sustenance or maintenance. Or maybe, even take a slice from from the funds to his CSO!

  2. youth says:

    No3. Understand the story content before critising it! The issue of mob justice has only been raised to stress the point that people don’t have confidence in the Police. Because of this lacking, the public cannot report police abuses to the same police or its top brass! Full stop!

  3. May our see our country. If God does not build a house, the builders built it in vain.if God does not guard our nation, the guards guard nothing for there is no success. Malawi, malawi, for how long shall you oppress the poor? Hear the voice of the Lord. You are not better than other countries who shed innocent blood for sake of perishable things. Shall you be able to run from all what the Lord is bringing upon you? You are not far from this trouble. God have mercy with our us and our nation. Forgive our sin of disobedience. Remember your love is from generation to generation. Be kind with in Jesus name. We thank you for all the food, rains and victory given to us through our Lord Jesus. Amen( PSALMS 127:1)

  4. Myao says:

    Why do we pay tax for the office of the ombudsman? Why are malawians so obsessed with new things and structures like new commissions in particular when setups are already there? Why always demanding instead of devising ways to enhance current environment thereby avoiding huge spending? Malawi CSOs are only good at hating Mutharika the failure with their myioping way of thinking.

  5. 2016 welcome says:

    The story looks incoherent. Mob justice vs police brutality. At first glance one would think that the CSO are pushing for a commission where the citizens can go to complain about police brutality. But then going through the supporting paragraphs where the issue about mob justice is mentioned the reader is misled because that sounds a totally different issue. Doesn’t match with the topic sentence.

  6. Mapwiya says:

    Yes that’s true they defend each other “amati iwowo ndi boma”. That is why police brutality is rampart” palibe amene angathe kumangilira belo mphaka” since we report to the same corrupt and brutal police for any grievances be it something to with their own men and women in uniform.

  7. BANDASLIKA says:

    The idea is very good and is supported as what we see is that when members of the MPS are alleged to have wronged anyone or committed a crime they are investigated by themselves. In more cases than not the investigations are either not done thoroughly or are not completed at all. And when one investigates oneself the results cannot be expected not to be biased. It is also doubtful whether the best investigators are as of now in the MPS if what we see in this area currently is anything to go by. We for instance often hear that they do arrests before gathering enough evidence to support even the simplest of crimes. Shame!

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