Malawi Police say they are still investigating use of excessive force by some of his officers on defenseless female students at Chancellor College (Chanco) during protests over fee hike a few months ago.
A video clip was released on social media showing armed police assaulting an unarmed young female students.
Deputy police spokesperson Tomeck Nyaude said police investigations can take time.
“The police are still investigating the matter along with three other issues; the unlawful wounding of a police officer by the students, the damaging of a police vehicle by the students and theft of rice and oither items by the students,” said Nyaude.
He said people should know that police investigations have no time limit whilst inquiries have time limits.
Malawians on social media furiously condemned the police brutality on the young female students and the Law Society of Malawi indicated it would help the female students sue the Malawi Police over the matter.
The male students also allegedly assaulted some police officers and took away a police cap from one of the officers which was shown being burnt on fire in the social media. The students were up against university fee hike.
Police Inspector General (IG) Lexten Kachama ordered an inquiry into a leaked video clip which showed a group of police officers aggressively chasing unarmed students before confronting and ruthlessly assaulting the two helpless girls.
Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) executive director Timothy Mtambo has accused the police of trying to suppress the matter and has called for the dismissal and prosecution of the responsible officers.
He said: “What they [officers] did is totally against their job which is to protect and promote people’s rights as stipulated in the Police Act and the country’s Constitution.”
Taxpayer-funded Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC), a constitutionally established human rights watchdog, had indicated it is carrying out “comprehensive investigations” into the matter whose findings will form the basis of recommendations to be made to concerned authorities for redress.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :