Malawi Police brutality condemned

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) expressed anger over the manner in which police used brutal force in administrative capital Lilongwe when they manhandled and beat up an employee of the institution for allegedly taking pictures of the law enforcers on Friday.

The victim, identified as Mayeso Kanyowile, was severely beaten in full view of other employees despite appealing for mercy.

Brutal cops condemned

Brutal cops condemned

According to published reports Kanyowile also tried to give the phone to the law officers, who were in joint sweeping exercise with the Malawi Defence Force (MDF), to check if there were any pictures of them, but the plea was disregarded.

According to eye witnessed, police checked her phone and found no pictures “but still they accused her of taking pictures and showered insults at her. They beat her up before dragging her out and threw her in a truck.”

MHRC executive secretary Grace Malera, who also witnessed Kanyoliwe’s ordeal, described the law enforcers’ conduct as “abuse of police powers” and a “worst of form of brutality”,

Malera told Nyasa Times: “The conduct of the police us totally unacceptable and against the principles of what should be a reformed police.”

She said MHRC condemn the police brutality “in strongest terms”, saying the commission “will take up the issue with the right authorities.”

Malera said what the police did is a criminal act.

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63 thoughts on “Malawi Police brutality condemned”

  1. nyapapi says:

    anamuchita bwino ameneyo,every tym a human ryts mumangooneka apolisi akagwira ntchito yawo mmalo moti muwamenyere nkhondo azirandira salary yambiri,pathako panu a human ryts

  2. exvin says:

    Our security organs do well and are well known worldwide when they are where money is! “Peace Keeping” not “Security Keeping”

  3. Emmanuel says:

    Nkwapatali kuti apolisi akalowe ufumu wakumwamba. nkhanza corruption too much.

  4. Bola inuyo mwanenyedwa. Inu a human right kumenyedwa ndikuchotsa mimba choyipa kwambili ndichiyani? Mutiva ife A DPP tidzakhalapo mpaka muyaya. Apolice vipandeni vanyani makamaka vomwe vikufuna federal gvt. long live the chosen Lomwe tribe!

  5. M'BAYA says:

    ma anti-polisi inu! Tukuthani simunati,inuyo ndi athu amene olo polisi ichite bwino simmalakhula ndipo ife mukamatinyoza sitimadandaula tinanyozedwa miyezi nine,evry tym police why?

  6. apao says:

    first to produce agun must shot! Ngati kukambilana kwakanika tidzingophanapo basi. Kulakwa ndinthu komwe adachitako

  7. Wamandasi says:

    Wapolisi adziopedwa, Chakwera laments rise of insecurity in the country now you expect the police to go soft on unruly people. I disagree. Shoot to kill must come into place. there are lots of civil societies that spearhead weakness in security. in view of staging and creating anarchy insecurity and vandalism. when we destroy our economy, that’s where the white loan shark comes in with a helping hand. in such way our poverty continues while they recycle money and improve their economy on our expense.

    think beyond your nose

  8. kadamanja says:

    ATENGELENI KU KHOTI, AMULIPILE BASI, APOLISI NDI MBULI, TANZANIA IKUBWERA , MWAKONZEKA? ZIPHWISI PHWIPIIPHWIIII MU OFFICE.

  9. mzunzunde says:

    angotipha atimalize atsale iwowo.ma practicals afuna apangile pa amalawi osalakwa

  10. concerned citizen says:

    a malawi anzanga ndizomwe tinafuna izi.tidzikhala ngati alendo dziko mwathu?

  11. Ras says:

    What is human rights? Anthu opha anzawo amangotuluka ku ndende file yao isanafike kwa Director of Public Prosecutions mumachitapo chani? Ophedwa analibe ufulu okhala ndi moyo?

  12. dalitso says:

    Mlomweyu atitha tonse pamodzi ndi alomwe police force yakeyo. M’banja la njoka mumabadwa njoka zokhazokha tsono uja anafa uja anali m’bobo wotheratu ndie inu mumayembekeza kuti wang’ono yu kuti akhale nkhunda? Ndi m’bobo 2 ameneyu, njoka yachabechabe ndipo simunati moto unayaka ndi zero deficit uja uliponso ndi zero aid. Tiyeni nazo, who has the last laugh kkkkkkkkk munanyanya kutukwana amalawi inu lero munya, tukwananinso pano muona mbonaona njoka yake siimeneyi

  13. Ine ndine says:

    Amuchita bwino

  14. vin mongu says:

    it is good that the event took place at Malawi Human Rights Commission. What did this Malera do? Nothing but just watching. Did she call Lot Dzonzi or Army Commander no as the girl was being beaten, NO! Did she say she will push a case for police to reprimand their own NO! The whole fracas took more than twenty minutes and we could have had senior officers quell the situation. Why do we fund such ineffective officers of Government? This woman at the helm of MHRC should be fired since she is talking because this has happened at her office but people suffer and MHRC is quiet. It is only in Malawi where inefficiency is highly rewarded no wonder we have nothing to show after 50 years of independence.

  15. mwachilimba says:

    amuchita bwino amwene kumatenga zithuzi without permission .isaaaaaaa amayesa akanammenya kwambiri guys.police keep it up punishing whoever is against

  16. wake says:

    mukusaka akuba a chani mutatibera chisankho mwadziwa liti kuti kuba ndi koipa? tikhale akapolo dziko lathu? mukutifusa kuti timapanga chani, mudatipatsa chochita? masacheti timamwera ndalma zamanu? akuba mukuwadziwa,bwanji asakagwira aliyese ku capital hill kuti akanene kuti adaba ndani, kusamva amalawi taonani siizi lero tizilephera kukaonera champions league chifukwa cha zii, zautsiru

  17. Cymru says:

    Well, MHRC is making that noise, is it because their own was in that situation? There is nothing new here, many people have even been handled more inhumanely by police than that incident. Even where one was just standing without even taking pictures. Sometimes people should understand the nature of the work conducted by police. If police are too polite people take advantage and even challenge them snatch their guns. In such operations do not even dare to provoke them, they will deal with anybody ruthlessly. There are many bad things happening in Malawi in the name of human rights. There is no discipline. I support the police.

  18. christopher says:

    apolici akumalawi amakonda kuewala magwilidwe awu atchito.kungokugwila sanafufuze zamulando choyamba!!!ndikumenya,moti apa palichifukwa choti ndikumenya munthu,pepani apolici chepetsani kuzuza amalawi.paja amalawi naoso akatopa amabwezela.osamaschoscha dala …

  19. Harince says:

    Sizimakhala choncho

  20. Man of the Match says:

    Oh no Mayeso yo anafunsa lets learn a lesson you dont just take photograped without permission lero zinthunzi anthu mukumakayika pa fb wina azandijambule azaone polekera

  21. bonya says:

    If someone dreams of becoming a Cop in Malawi then he or she must be suffering from a mental health problem. The Police service in Malawi is populated by graduates from the Zomba Mental Hospital and St John of God mental Health Services in mzuzu. the police suscks.

  22. Jendayekha says:

    To those who have not been subjected to Malawi Police brutality, these are the most stupid, idiots and uneducated savages. Britain wasted Taxpayers money to try to reform thugs who have no idea of the civilized world, sorry Mayeso.

  23. V1 says:

    M’malo moti zilango zimenezo azimupasa Ali Kaka kapena kasambala ndi lutepo akumupasa mzimayi.basi,muscles anu kukungila munthu wa mayi,pepani…

  24. Zoona zake ndi zakuti wolemba article ‘yi is not cpming out clearly. Chilipo chimene akubisa. Apolice asakuopsyezeni ameneyu. Gwirani ntchito yanu mosaona nkhope. Ngati wa Human Rights anali pompo anapangapo chiyani? Bwanji sanamuchenjeze mzakeyo kuti aku pwanya ufulu wa a POLICE. Sakunena kuti ku LL ko pati, office yake it. A wa ali gulu limodzi. Ndi mbava a police nawoni musawasiye. Ndi amene akusunga mbava.

  25. chiwa kogoya says:

    It is her right to take apic ! don’t acuse her, I don’t see anything wrong taking apic for these an educated police men! you police men you need to be educated ok. remember one day u will reap what you planted.

  26. Saizi says:

    Shame amuna amphamvu ngati inu kulimbana ndi nzimayi. Go back to school it will help you behave well in your job.

  27. Fc Club says:

    kwathu kuno apolice mumanyanya mumaiwala kuti mumadalira ife tomwe kukusinani khutu,mwamenya munthu opanda umboni weniweni kwa ine ndi pempho pliz work professional!

  28. Esau Longwe says:

    Kupha Munthu ndichimo kumwamba kulibe zoti ndinali wa Police.

  29. Joomla says:

    There is a silent animosity among police officers with people who take pictures of them while doing wrong things. If they do not want to be exposed it means they consciously know that what they do is wrong, so why do it in the first place. The police should always act according to law and they will never fear anybody taking pictures of them on duty

  30. peter mateyala says:

    Imeneyo ndiye police ya pa malawi ya maluzi kulimbana ndi anthu osalakwa mbava kumanyauda shupit.

  31. BUT WHY THE SAME PICTURES ARE SHOWN BY NYASA TIMES HERE, THEN GO AND BEAT THEM , HERE I MEAN NYASA TIMES.WHAT HAPPENED HERE IS SOMETHING STRANGE MORE IN THE ACTION TAKEN , THE BEST WAY WAS TO CALL HER AND CHECK HER CAMERA, AND IF THE RESULT WAS POSITIVE, ADVISE COULD HAVE BEEN A GOOD STEP, AND YOU SEE IT IS NAGATIVE ——— WHICH SOUNDS BAD IN THE NATURE THINGS WERE ACTED.
    TREAT MALAWIANS AS CITIZENS OF MALAWI AND POLICE IS THERE TO PROTECT MALAWIANS AND NOT TO BEAT AND KILL .

    CASES ARE THERE, BUT YOU NEED TO STUDY THEM CAREFULL BEFORE YOU ACT IN THE WAY YOU DID, SUCH TYPE OF CASES ARE THERE IN THE FORCES BEATING AND KILLING PEOPLE WITHOUT PROPER RESOANS —– MUZIUGWIRA MTIMA.

  32. karonga says:

    If I sit down and think about this incident it really comes to my senses that Malawi is not yet a democratic country, why can someone got beaten because of taking pictures. Let’s be realistic to take a picture of someone in any ground is it an offence, the problem with these so called [police] is that wherever they go they think about bribe maybe there was something going on so they suspected the lady saw them. In other case is that people of Malawi you show too much respect the police officers thus why they take advantage of the situation all the time because wherever you see police officer you call them [abwana] who is he/she to be called abwana.

  33. Mbobulee says:

    The manner in which our cops deal with security issues is really unfortunate! No wonder most of them are intellectual challenged!!!!

  34. kholobowa(nthochi wapathyolo) says:

    mbuzi ize educated savages,alonda ndi wa G4 akusiyana chani poti ose amagna panja kulondera.ina ndisanje poti iwo ena nga 8 ,jc mkaziyo ndiophunzira

  35. muonosile says:

    Ema Kaliya, have noticed what these so called police have done to a girl child? what is your take. Is this protecting the girl child? what a pitiful police. After all she showed you the camera and you saw there was no photos,why then beat her , you savages. Professor Peter Mutharika and president of the republic pls take action this is uncalled for..

  36. Omama says:

    imeneyo nde dpp timadziwa ife pa malawi pano. musanati. akukwapulani, kukutibulani, kukupemererani ndi utsi konko, kukunyenyanyenyani, kukukang’anthani, kukutimbani. iii abale. zida tagulanso zina. khaya ndi ndi ma tear gas khaya chani. dziko langa malawi.

  37. Wiseman kadakungwa says:

    nanga amalemba nkhani eni ake a Poliswo osawafunsa? Mwina kutola zithunzi za apolisi ndi mlandu?

  38. wapano says:

    iye amafuna kuti atumize ma photos kwa ma donors ake kuti apeze chithandizo cha ndalama kkkkkkk. Ndiponso anamumenya ndi ma guys a mdf koma paja police ndi yomwe mumaitola. Ubwino wake boma ili silikusekelera zopusa, mukanene kuli konse. Ena akuti mwana wa chips waphedwa,; odwala uja? Muwafunse abale kwa chinsapo, postmotem was conducted in their presense & ma results akuti palibe zoti munthuyo anamenyedwa. Mumangobwera mtown muno muli odwala kufuna kudzangopatsa anthu tsoka eti? More fire police!!!!!

  39. joker says:

    Lets be sober guys. I see no reason of being beaten if permission was sought. In this case, facts are not given as to whether permission was sought or not. Muli inu can u accept to be photographed without ur consent and prior knowledge of the motives behind the taking of the photo? Obviously its NO. Likewise, these men in uniform they expect the same. Thats being Malawian. We seek consent. My free advice to Mayeso ‘seek consent’ The people u wanted a photo are human beings wt privacy as well.

  40. Republic of Southern Malawi State says:

    A Police Osauka.kuchita kupempha ndi mowa wa Masachet omwe?

    Azilonda a G4 S sapempha-pempha ngati zitsilu za police.

  41. Bigman says:

    Anangoionelera bebi’s yo… Inu apolice mwaiwala kale kwa Goliati ,No more 20 July pano ndi 50 50

  42. Chemwali chimwene says:

    Mukuopa kuti tikakhala ndi zinthu zanu tikuzindikirani poti ndinu mukamaba. A polisi ndi mbava izi. Anatuma anzo kukaba ku nsanje iwo akupanga zonama ku lilongwe. Nanu a army akupusitsani apolisiwa. Colonel wa army amati akutsatira a polisi kuti awateteze, kkkkkkkkk. A polisi akufuna chitetezo cha army??????????? We are a lost nation. No wonder each president has been crying assassination.

  43. thako says:

    mwina adakana kumuchinda,malawi cops kunyenga bas satha ntchto yawo,kukada akumatiberaso katundu wathu m’manyumbamu anyani amenewa,ndmataira kamuzu mtengo powapatsa unifom yofanana nd SETE kut akamaseteramo asamaonekere mwamsanga,adazwa kut apolice samaganza bwno azngonyerera momo zkavuta,palibe chomumenyera mwana mkaz apa,sadajambule any foto bt beatn hr y? egotism too much,panyo……!

  44. Nyasa says:

    Good police. Next time beat her to death. We know she was sent by unpatriotic citizens. Afela za eni. Once again thank you police. Who wanted these pictures? And for what reasons? Could the reasons be beneficial to the Malawi nation or selfish individual bad losers?

    1. Chemwali chimwene says:

      You have issues and need to be exorcised. Death for what? You could one of the thugs who are wantonly killing innocent people. God grant you a good heart i pray.

  45. nkhedu says:

    amenewo ndiye ma cops apa nyasaland.kuzimva too much koma alibe chilichonse

  46. Nabetha says:

    I’m failing to get sense of why this lady was beaten. Is there any external threat and these cops suspected her to be a spy?

    1. Mthako wa Alhomwe says:

      She is a human rights activist and police recognized her. They even pointed a gun at one of the officemate to her.

  47. oliraolira says:

    Mbuzi zamano kusi,mulungu akhulukireni mpaka kupha mwananso oti mwamidyera chips chake

  48. Sho? says:

    I s taking pictures of policemen doing their work a crime? dzonzi help us understand this madness; please…

  49. Ambuje ku lilongwe says:

    Koma nanu achemwa mumati cinthunzi caciani? Tawonani mwapandidwa zazii.
    Kapena mumafuna mucitumiza kwa abiti mtila?

  50. Mudwala Nazo says:

    security services full of incompetent people who want to feel “big” by intimidating innocent civilians, especially women. this is because they know they cannot stand up to fellow men. No wonder they went into hiding as a real man was jumping over the VP’s mpanda.

  51. apm says:

    please a pulezidenti when u consider increasing ma salary a ma civil servants zitsiru za pmf idzi, dzialonda za dziko idzi osaziganizira. komanso ikani commision of enquiry kuti onse amene amenya nawo mtsikana wathuyu amangidwe. only those who are guilty will be protective of themselves. whats wrong with a picture. kodi lamulo loti amene watenga picture ya police azimangidwa lilipo kumalawi kuno? if not, then why are these police folks behaving as if it is against the law kujambula chithunzi? shupiti zanu apolisi.

  52. chitseko says:

    Kumulakwira Mayeso..and akuti alady police soldier..kumumenya mbama… akuti asilikali a MDF..amangokhala kumangowayangana apolice..akupanga zawo… MDF yathu ili very disciplined..and its true…
    Mtsikana ngati mayeso..she has a masters degree..kumenyedya..ndi…?????????

  53. boma la pitala limeneli lomenya atsikana? kulimbana ndi innocen people akuba kumawaleka zitsilu zawathu kuyambila pitala,Dzonzi nonse zutsilu

  54. mona says:

    Our security officers ndi mbuli very brutal kwa anthu osalakwa Koma weak on criminals

  55. mona says:

    Are security officers ndi mbuli

  56. mona says:

    Police officers are very stupid and incompetent Malo moti aziyenda usiku kulimbana ndi mbava akumenya anthu osalakwa masana kutseketsa Ma bar masana kugwila anthu osalakwa, this simply shows kukanika kwa police. Nawoso a army they are taking advantage kumazuza anthu, kuwakhazika pasi and kuwalanda zinthu. Koma we know kuti it is the same police and army officers amabwereketsa anthu akubawo mfuti ikafika nthawi ya operation nthetsa mbava amawauza akuba anzawowo kuti asayende Kaye mpaka operation ithe very stupid isn’t it,? AmazunZika ndi anthu osalakwa and that is why u mbava sukutha Pa Malawi pano

  57. kukhala says:

    KATENGELA THE APM WHO IS BOKOHARAM REPRESENTATIVE SENIOR IN MALAWI.

  58. Uchindami says:

    Mukalemba ntchito anthu omwe malamulo oyendetsela dziko sawadziwa bwino kapena nkomwe zotsatira zake zimakhala izi!

  59. Makepe ene eni says:

    Kutetenya nyanja go. Kuchepetsa umbava oba ndi nfuti go. Kome kumenya tsikana nkumati ndinu asitikali. Ndinu makape,

    1. TSAKHO LIMENELO says:

      We are living in morden world Malawi government must educating these perpetrators (police) to treat Malawian citizens with dignity and not to voilate HUMAN RIGHTS these perpetrators their responsibility is to ensure that policing in our societies or communities is maintained, POLICE YOU BEAT A LADY this is CRIMINAL ACT.

      Abusing police power to the citizens of Malawi is totally wrong, unacceptable and against the principle of what should be reformed police, THIS IS CRIMINAL ACT.

      MHRC please we need action here not just singing songs please lets take these perpetrators to the book they are thinking they(Police) are above the LAW

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