Women Legal Centre condemns Malawi Police brutality: Calls IG to look into Neno issue

The Women Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec) has condemned the recent Malawi Police brutality in Kanono village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Symon in southern district of Neno.

Brutal cops condemned

Brutal cops condemned

According to Wolrec, an organisation that works with grassroot communities in the district, armed police officers roughed up “innocent and defenseless” women, children, people with disabilities, the elderly, people living with HIV/AIDS, and other disadvantaged groups.

The police brutality was in reaction to villagers’ conduct of blocking the railway line under construction in the district.

The villages resorted to blocking the railway line to force the contractor Vale Logistics to fulfil its promise to construct the bridges in the area.

But Wolrec claims that the police brutality was not perpetrated on the spot of the railway line blockage, but in the village and victims were not anywhere near the spot nor were they found doing anything akin to blocking the railway line.

“Armed police officer terrorised the villagers by despicable acts, beating women who were coming from fetching water; beating Maria Juvanile several times on the head and back with a barrel of a gun leaving her with a big wound on the head,” said Maggie Kathewera Banda, Wolrec Executive Director.

Kathewera Banda further claims that police officers damaged household property including domestic animals and food items by setting them ablaze; “discharging their tear gas willy-nilly” and arresting and detaining some people.

“These acts amounted to serious violations of human rights, more especially the rights of innocent women, children and the elderly.

“The villagers are currently heavily traumatised and are living in fear,” she says.

She has since called upon the Minister of Home Affairs and the Inspector General of Police to urgently look into the matter.

Kathewera-Banda said they expect the Minister and the IG to take personal interest in the investigation of the matter by ensuring that the perpetrators are brought to book.

“Failure to do so will create a sense of impunity on the part of the responsible officers and other similar minded individuals.

“We also expect the Ministry of Justice to ensure that victims are adequately compensated for the pain and suffering they went through as well as the loss of livelihood,” she contends.

She added, “it is sad to note that a reformed police service can terrorise poor villagers in such a manner.”

Kathewera-Banda has also asked the Ministry of Transport and Public Works to intervene in the wrangle between Vale Logistics Limited and the people of Neno.

She has also asked government and Vale Logistics to restore the piped water supply to the area which, was disrupted by the railway line construction project.

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yankho pankhani iyi
Guest

umbuli wavuta kwa a apolice amatsiya mbava mmatauni ndikukamenya anthu mmamizi sorry God forgive you police

mavi ya mbewa
Guest

They went for peace keeping ! During JB ma police amangoyanqana panopa akukawumbuza anthu kumudzi mbamva zavuta mumatawuni , bwanji osakamenya mbamvazo zikumapanga terorise . Achule eni eni amumadzi. Where the girls refusing to surrender by putting their guns (pots) down? I hate police people because they do things in akward way. Open fireeeeee ! Matc.h! left right left right

amfumu
Guest

Number22,Your mother lied to you about nthawi ya Kamuzu,You were not born then MYP,Dzaleka and others,google them and see.The problem is that the police has not transformed to adapt to the new dispensation,mostly their seniors

mopia
Guest

Please leave these folks. They only did six months training in high jump with minimal skills in report writing. But what is required is that some of them should be given scholarship to go to Iraq or Afghanstan for further training. Isil and Taliban can do much better work on them. They will come well reformed.

Reality Check
Guest

Dzonzi is a teacher, Chibingu is a medical assistant. What you expect from a police force headed by people with such qualifications???????????????????????

womenslib
Guest

Some of these policemen watch CNN looking in through the window of somebody’s house and think they’re in Beirut. You don’t get paid enough to beat up women ,children and disabled. Sit the hell down. Mxiiii.

vindere
Guest

If these stupid villagers block the railway line again, use live bullets and shoot to kill. I your commander-in-chief has ordered you.

Wilson Square
Guest

chindere ni iwe, fotseki

Constable osaphunzira
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Constable osaphunzira
When the police behave as savages who have been entrusted with peace & order who else will the people turn to? What I know is most policemen/women are very uneducated, primitive & uncivilised to the extent that the Police Reform Programme has no positive impact on these hyenas. Please it wrong to beat anyone especially a mother. DPP is paying for a miscarriage of 75% salary increament promise. Kodi a Chilima alikuti ndi nkhani ya ma change athu? I ask women lawyers to act on those brutal heartless police immediately. Phunzirani muzalandira salary yabwino ask those who have degrees in… Read more »
Beaton Taombe
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Za ziii anthu Police mumadana nayo bwanji?

mahlangu
Guest

these standard two dropouts are very funny, instead of fighting against the merciless robbers who are terrorising the cities, they are busy battering innocent villagers who pose no threat to national security. izidi ndi mbuli za anthu ndakhulupilira!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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