Reporter beaten as Misa-Malawi condemns Police criminal act

Malawi Police on Tuesday showed the ugly side of their profession when they roughed-up and arrested Times Group journalist, Archibald Kasakura, as he was taking pictures of law-enforcers chasing street vendors in Limbe town.

Kasakura: Victim of Malaiw police brutality

Kasakura: Victim of Malaiw police brutality

The law-enforcers are jointly with Blantyre City Council removing vendors from city streets.

Kasakura, who was detained at Limbe police, was granted bail after his media company’s lawyer Innocent Kalua intervened on the matter.

He has sustained some bruises and swollen face as the police officers pounced on him for taking pictures.

According to Kalua, the journalist has been charged with “obstructing a police officer on duty”.

The Media Institute for Southern Africa (Misa) has since condemned the action by the Malawi Police and has promised to get to the bottom of the matter.

“This is an uncalled for. We expect the police to be a reformed service and protect the society and the members of the media in their line of duty,” said Anthony Kasunda Misa chairperson.

“Beating up reporters and treating them as criminals is barbaric, retrogressive and defeats the spirit of a reformed Police. We would like to remind the Police that mutual respect and a spirit of partnership between the Police and the media is the only way that Malawi can develop and promote peace and security.”

Kasunda says the media is not an enemy of the State or the Police but a partner in development.

Recently, 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.

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70 thoughts on “Reporter beaten as Misa-Malawi condemns Police criminal act”

  1. Andrew phiri says:

    Quite unbalanced story, de lawyer says he was charged with de offence of obstructing a Police Officer on duty den what? U can’t write mo on dis bcoz u know there a enough facts to incriminate the journalist. That iz why u a making a lot of noise trying to buy public sympathy.

  2. Chisyuli says:

    Mbuli zapolisi,anyamata onyamula chikwapu kuofesi kkkkkkkk

  3. Jeoffrey chimbamba says:

    Malawian police will never change their attitudes

  4. Rompwa says:

    Unaziyamba dala, umafuna uwoneke odziwa. Akuchita bwino!!!!!

  5. M'BAYA says:

    kumenyaso kuli ndi sukulu ngati! Kkkkkk simunati kupanga zausiru ………

  6. KIM GAMA says:

    thats very bad.komaso inu antolankhani muzisamba.

  7. Boshah says:

    U POLICE that was Bingu’s tym n ths is Peter’s tym so do not tolarate that of Bingu. Do u get me??

  8. malapwalapwa says:

    Mmene ukuonekeramu ndiye akunyenyadi kupupuluma osabwezera oloko nkuluma komwe kulephera oloko kumugwira machabwada mmodzi yekha

    1. MUnched potatoes says:

      udzaziona, ngati amakhala mmodzi kodi. Si amathandizana nde ungayambire pati. Osamayankhula choncho, atakhala mmodzi ukhoza kumutha.

  9. JJ says:

    TOO BRUTAL THAT WE WONT UPHOLD.WE NEED A REFORMED POLICE AND NOT WHAT UR DOING ANTHU OSAPHUNZIRA NDICHONCHO.RUBBISH

  10. WAMISALA says:

    UYU SIMTOLA NKHANI KOMA TIMASUTA NAYE CHAMBA UYU AMATIUZA KUTI NDIWA GANYU

    1. nkhulembe says:

      kulakwa aise. we all come from different backgrounds.

  11. Bambo wanu says:

    Okuba onsewa!!

  12. Alungwana says:

    Do you want that enemity btn police and civilians start again? Mukupanga rent mmakwalala mwathu tikakwiyatu mutimva.

    1. Bigbrotherafrica says:

      Amenewa ofunika kuthana nawo kumene. NO wonder satolelana ndi a army.

  13. thako says:

    kumalaw kulibe apolice odzwa ntchto yawo, mbava zokhazokha komaso uhule 2much, panyo….!

  14. Citzien says:

    Koma mukapanga zinthu zabwino nde mumachita kuwaitana atolankhani kuti akujambulen but because were doing something u were shameful of. Nde kumawamenya atolankhani. I wonder why u changed from being called Malawi Police Force to Malawi Police service yet what u use is always force u fools?

  15. Redeemed says:

    In general the police industry is slowly but surely loosing its creditibility, they are now regarded as legal criminals. Being a police officer does not necessarily deem you above the law, as a matter of fact, you are to abide to the laws you are hired to enforce, else your will never be taken seriously thus making your job harder.

  16. YANKHO MAJIGA says:

    Mmmmm, koma nde munakumana nazotu abambo. Mpaka kukudetsani kumaso choncho. Never mind them, at least everyone is able to appreciate how injustice of this crooked world is. Next time make sure you take those pictures from a place they cant see you. Zantchito. …

  17. wandale says:

    koma a malawi police nkhanza abale. adzijambulidwa barak obama so who are you wa 6 months training? mxii alangidwenso a policewo alipile basi.

  18. Wizeman Paul says:

    MWATI UYU NDI MTOLANKHANI? WAS HE ON DUTY? KOMA ZINAZI AYI ABALE TAZIVALANI BWINO. MUKUONA KOLALAYO. SI WA GANYU YONYAMULA MATUMBA AMENEYU?

    1. Bill says:

      kulakwa guy! we all come from different backgrounds and pamenepa amujambula ali ku police atammenya. Unaona momwe amamenyela a police iwe? They dont even mind ukagwa etc. osamatero nayenso ndi muntu pliz.

      LIke myself kwathu am the only one working and supporting all like parents and siblings. Ndikamakhala ndi limited resource nkumakanika kupita ku lake nde wina andinene? udzaziona popeza dziko ndi lozungulila.

  19. Akilly 2 says:

    Mukanaphwanyaso ndi Camerayo!

    1. Bophani says:

      Camera ya kumatako kwa amako unatulukila kujatu! walakwa chani ameneyuyu? adzijambulidwa Barak obama nde unene police wonyela chimbudzi cha panja!

  20. Mpha! says:

    Iwe ngoni weniweni ndiwe opusa police sumaidziwa. Be careful uvulala usaoneke udolo.

  21. peps there taking pec, in siriya so whatz malawi? Wa police wa ndodo kkkkkkk shem on u m.p, a city ur very ********

  22. opportunist says:

    What’s the difference btwn the journalist and the onlookers ?.Why beating the innocent citizen for taking pictures if your were doing your job progressionlly. Is it becoz you’re law enforcers and the rest are plebians

  23. WELCOME BACK DPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. SHAME says:

    To me they still ACT as POLICE FORCE AND NOT POLICE SERVICE.WACHAKE NDI WACHAKE BASI SANGASIYE POKHAPOKHA MUTAMPEMPHERERA BASI.

  25. Onasiwelo says:

    That is police brutality especially in dpp governments, no wonder they were on fore flount spoiling the votes and bring this evil dpp issue to the throne because they knew they will be doing thing, but thank god you can do to those you can intimadate try me I will fuck you, fuck your bosses and fuck all police officers in this country until you learn to respect others. Mbuli za anthu za JC zambiri agalu inu by the way what is a chichewa name for police officer agalu osaka I hate you all.

  26. CONSTITUTION says:

    AAaaaaaaaaa agalunu zoona kumenya mtolankhani wy instead to protect they ur beat so tithawira kuti coz we fill save if we surrounded by u. sorry boss mwaiwala tchito yani can u tell us constitution that allows u not to be taken pics. apo bii tithana nanu.

  27. Abiti Mtila says:

    Did the police know that he was a journalist? If not police is not at fault. During these operations, it is difficult to know who is a journalist or an ordinally photographer. unless he had an ID or he introduced himself as such!

  28. Jendayekha says:

    ”We expect the police to be a reformed service and protect the society”, you must be living in a dream world. Malawi Police is enemy of the people number one because their main job is to fight innocent citizens as opposed to criminals like crooked politicians and Cashgaters. These uneducated savages wasted British Tax Payers money on police reform programme, what a shame.

  29. peter mateyala says:

    Apolice amenewa amaopa kuoneka chinangwa ndi ma bans ali mthumba mwawo za manyazi

  30. gerald says:

    its a shame to the whole police.Mr IG please get to the bottom of it and makesure these officers are discplined

  31. Namwera says:

    Kodi abale what freedom do journalists have kuti azingotola zinthunzi without permission its very common only in Malawi you abuse your freedom to take pictures anyhow

  32. mwantisi says:

    Koma achimwenewa asinthe sopo ndi mafuta odzola . Zoti amasamba akudziwa okha ndi makhomba a nyumba yawo. Shati kolala inadyeka kalekale. Koma abale chifukwa chake anamtibula sakudziwika kuti ndi mtola nkhani.

  33. Pofera Salambula says:

    Inu a Police nthawi yakwana tsopano a Malawi takutoperani tsiku lina mudzaona tsoka. Ku Zomba kulinso ma CID awiri amene amakonda kumadzudza anthu popanda chifukwa cheni cheni. Awa ndi Mumba ndi Singano. Please ma CID amenewa akumanyazitsa dzina la Police. They like corruption very much. Please the Officer In-charge for Zomba take action to these Officers. Akuyipitsa mbiri yanu komanso la Inspector General.

  34. yuona says:

    Our police is more of a force than a service.

  35. vin says:

    Atolankhani nanunso, look at this Mayeso Kanyowile. He doesn’t look like munthu ogwira ntchito yotamandika. Zovala chonchi? Malaya anatha kale kolala. Mwina amamuwona ngati ndi venda. kaunjika ngochipa tizitchena.
    Apolisi shupiti zanu Mbava zakuba ndi mfuti inu. Ndikawona wa polisi ndawona wakuba. Makamaka va pa msewu nde haaaa.

  36. MALINGALIRO says:

    Amuchita bwino kumumenya.Kumangotenga foto opanda kupepha.Mwina umafuna upangire filimu.Matsiku ano zithu zinavuta umayenera kupepha chiloredzo usanayambe kutenga zithudzi.Ndiponso akanangomuombera kape ameneyu.Udaphunzira kuti utolankhani wako?You need to know ethics in your work.

  37. Mngoni weniweni says:

    So taking pictures worth news is a crime in this country? My foot!!!! These foolish men disguised as police men take advantage of our ignorance in our own laws. It’s now high time radio stations start broadcasting programmes enlightening the public about the laws of Malawi, otherwise these uneducated police men are taking us for a ride with their memorized verses of” obstructing police from discharging their duties”! Nonsense !!!!

  38. dozer says:

    the std 2 drop outs,oh no! some never even saw the inside of a classroom,what do you expect of such barbarians.

  39. Atero Kabuthu says:

    Koma majournalist enawa! Mmene akuonekera akuluwa ndiye a polisi angavomere kuti ndi a journalist! Mpake kumuthyola! Nkhope ngati adapanga yekha! kkkkkkk!

  40. GARY DAVID says:

    AKANANGOMUOMBERA KAPE AMENEYO. TAKING PICTURE FOR WHAT?

  41. Mwayiwona DPP administration. Musova

  42. Chebotolo says:

    Hope the journalist followed the procedure because pictures are not just taken. I hope he had an ID and introduced himself to the officers.

  43. Blues says:

    A Police a malawi ndi ma savage ambiri amangopita ku training ya 6 months basi ati aphunzila. Ambiriwanso ndi mbava, anasowa chochita nkona anathamangila ku police ati alemela pogera wanthu. Journalist ameneyu mwina anajambula wa police akuba mandasi mdzina loti sesa ma venda. Walakwa chani? why do you always rush kumenya musanafufuze, chalakwika nchani pamenepa? Ku mayiko olemela ma journalist amatenga zithunzi even za Obama, kaya ndani so who are you kuti asakujambuleni? 6 months training basi, si kufanananso ndi ku dambwe apa! za zii.

  44. Ochewa says:

    There is nothing new with the polis barbaric act as far as Dpp govt is concerned.Polis are given more powers to beat to death & shoot to kill.We shall revenge one day

  45. Chicco says:

    Bvuto ndiloti a police ku malawi chinakula ndi umbuli, bwelani kuno ku south africa muzaone m’mene amzanu amagwila bwino ntchito ngati yomweyi..umachechenjela pa gulu koma kumowa ndiye kungomenyedwa basi

  46. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    Do NOT expect any disciplinary action from IG Dzonzi on this one. Apparently, the average cop on the beat just loves this IG. They say he treats them better than Human Resources.
    We need an IG with vision; one with the interest of the citizens at heart. Not one who wants to protect his reputation in law enforcement.
    Down with these gestapo, brutal tactics to policing!

  47. nkhedu says:

    mankhwala a ebola apezeka

  48. Ras says:

    Police versus anthu ophunzira. Munthu osaphunzira zinthu sadziwa mwachangu choncho mukanazidziwitsa mbulizo kuti ndikukujambulani zomwe mukuchitazi mwina sakanakumenyani bambo koma poti inu ndi ophunzira koma simunadziwe kuti osaphunzira akukuonani. Mwati Human rights? Oky!

  49. Yobe boo says:

    Munamumenya pang’ono ameneyu. Bravo Soldiers, asamangozolowera za utsiru

  50. Witness says:

    This journalist was taking pictures of the policemen akuba mandasi and chinangwa cha mabvenda, thats why this guy was beaten, the police were destroying evidence!

    1. Nearby says:

      Zoona, a police athu ndi ma savage no wonder samagwilizana ndi army chonsecho onse ndi asilikali. Inu mukuganiza training ya 6 months amaphunzilako chani?

  51. Kwazulu says:

    The police are elements of state security and need to be feared and respected at all times if you want them to work effectively. If you want a communal association free police or democratic police who do not respect the ethics of the uniform then it will not work and it has never worked any where. Policing forces are never democratic because they need not to have any opposition (Nonton et al 1987). Nonton et al continue to bemoan the practice of demeaning policing forces by democratizing them as it compromises state security and undermines justice to the most victimized natives. Nonton further condemns the habit of arresting and molesting police officers who faulter whilst on duty as it is part of there work and as humans they are deamed to error and as such demolarizes them and reduce their working standards. Mind what you do to the police for they are also children of other people offering themselves to this noble national task.

    1. Nearby says:

      Nde pakanakhala profession ya utolankahni dziko lonse lapansi? Musaname madala mwinanso ndinu mpolisi amene. Palibe walakwa journalist ayi, pitani ku US Obama amajambulidwa anytime nde munena ndani mxii

    2. Akuzuli says:

      Mr Kwazulu, you seem to be a well educated guy but your argument is not worth the person you seem to be. If the Policemen in uniform were doing the right thing why beat the journalist, it takes a well wisher to inform / tip the police for them to apprehend criminals so if you are tyring to say we should fear our own police who will be able to do the noble cause of tipping / informing the police.

      Here the issue is about harassment of an innocent soul, there are so many things we learn through these journalists so that they can be collected. We need to see the photos taken and see if really a heavy hand was required. Malawi Police should be for the people then they will manage to cab – violence & theft.

    3. Boko says:

      KwaZulu nthawi yambiri its good to keep quet when you have nothing to say. You are so dull and think like Matanyula. Fotseki.

  52. MESHO says:

    MR LOTTI DZONZI SIR DISPLINE YOUR OFFICER PLIZ

  53. Zangazanga Ncqube says:

    Taking pictures??? Did he introduce himself to the authorities???

  54. Mngoni weniweni says:

    What’s wrong with our uneducated police men? I mean what is so special for them not to be taken pictures? Are they angels that they feel to be above all the citizenry? Blantyre newspaper, take them head on! If possible, take that/those involved in the act as an individual and not a police dog! There are some other police officers who behave. Most of the ill mannered dogs are those who came out of the window from school. Mbuzi za anthu!!! Agalu a chabe chabe !!!

  55. Apolic mwanyanya kwambili,akati munthu ndiwachitetezo satanthauza kupha kapena kumenya munthu ayi.ngati zilichoncho mukaphunzire bwino cholinga cha ntchito yanu,chifukwa mwachedwa achitetezo ndicholinga choti mukateteze umoyo wa anthu osati kuvulaza.ndichifukwa chani mumathamangila kuweluza munthu pomumenya ndikumuvulaza? Ndikuti mwangochulukisa dzina loti ndinu apolice ndicholinga chomaba,kupha ndi zina zotero.cheprsani nkhanza a malawi.

  56. chatonda says:

    Malawi Police officers mwayambanso? When will you reform and adopt democracy in Malawi. Bwana Loti Dzonzi, please discipline these shameful guys who are causing shame to your profession.

  57. eye eye says:

    How can taking pictures obstruct the police from doing their duties…shame shame!

    Journalists even take pictures in war what more with mere chasing of vendors??????
    Come on Dzonzi boys??? behave reformedly for once!

    1. Wodzitsata says:

      Actually it is the police who obstructed the journalist from doing his duties

  58. Apolice muwaphunzitse tchito yawo .atola khani ayenera kutetezedwa ndi inu apolice

  59. Neutral Man says:

    I don’t think Malawi Police Service will ever reform. What the police did to Kasunda showed gross incompetence and the police officers in question should be interdicted.

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