CDEDI questions Rwandan offer to train Malawi Police

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) has questioned the motivation behind an offer the Inspector General of the Rwandan Police, Dani Munyuza, to train the Malawi Police in unspecified areas of skills.

Addressing journalists in Lilongwe this morning, CDEDI executive director Sylvester Namiwa described the offer as suspicious because the Malawi Government has not made any public declaration to say the country needs capacity building for its police service.

Kainja: Malawi and Rwanda have agreed to fight crime together.

Namiwa further wondered why the Republic of Rwanda does not indicate the area its police wants to help in building the capacity of the Malawi Police Service (MPS).

“Given the Rwanda’s human rights record, CDEDI does not think that the Republic of Rwanda is any nearer a model where countries that are striving to embrace genuine democracy such as Malawi, can tap skills, especially for an important institution like the police office which is key in fostering democratic principles.

“Besides infrastructural development Rwanda is making, it is not a hidden secret that there are massive reports of human rights violations bordering on excessive use of force by law enforcing agencies; unlawful and arbitrary detentions; internet restrictions by the State; lack of freedom of expression; human rights activists and opposition political party leaders being silenced through arbitrary arrests and imprisonment based on trumped-up charges; etc. Obviously, Rwandan police take centre-stage in this gloomy picture,” he said.

Namiwa claimed that the proposed offer by Rwandan Police to train local law enforcers confirms his organization’s fear that the recent Malawi Government directive to relocate all refugees and asylum seekers to Dzaleka is politically motivated.

He said CDEDI is worried with the offer, which has come at a time the Republic of Rwanda is allegedly busy hunting down some of its nationals who have sought political asylum in various countries, including Malawi.

“We would like to challenge the Malawi Government to tread carefully with these newly-found good Samaritans because this offer is coming at a time when dust has not yet settled on accusations that President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, and his Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are pushing through Parliament laws have traits of dictatorship,” stressed Namiwa.

In the meantime, the CDEDI boss has commended Malawi’s Inspector General of Police, Dr. George Kainja, for assuring that all the refugees and asylum seekers in the country are free to either return to their home countries or continue living in Malawi for as long as they want.

However, Namiwa emphasized that while CDEDI commends Kainja for his assurance that the police will continue protecting lives and property of the Rwandan refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi, it is important to point out that a larger percentage of the refugees that fled and continue fleeing Rwanda are victims of political persecution and infringements of basic human rights.

“That said, much as we respect Inspector Munyuza’s sentiments that he sees no reason for his countrymen and women to continue coming to Malawi as refugees and asylum seekers, reports from the Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the Department of State of the United States of America, show things to the contrary.

“It is against this background that CDEDI would like to reiterate its earlier commitment that it will continue lobbying for the integration of well-meaning refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi who are significantly contributing to the social and economic development of the country our country,” he said.

Namiwa warned the Malawi government to desist from receiving offers that may end up compromising the country’s human rights record and democracy, and our hard-won democracy.

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Defender of Democracy
9 months ago

We don’t need Rwandans police to train Malawian police force. Those Rwandan police officers are the biggest human rights abusers. I think malawi on its own can do great job. Rwanda should be the last country on earth to be a role model as far as policing is concerned

Yao king
Yao king
9 months ago

Stupid Malawians mumatichititsa manyazi

Otayo
Otayo
9 months ago

Let US not forget what happened to Paul Rusesabagina a Rwandan Businessman who played a great role in saving more than 1000 lives in his hotel during the Rwandan Genocide in 1994. His action inspired a film HOTEL. RWANDA. Rusesabagina was kidnapped last year in Dubai. He is an outspoken critic of President Paul Kagame of Rwanda. He was paraded in handcuffs by Rwandan investigators before media in Kigali, accused of terrorism. Rusesabagina was a General manager of a luxury Hotel in Kigali during 1994 genocide. He was a middle class Hutu who was married to a Tutsi and used… Read more »

Genghis Khan
9 months ago

We might not like Rwanda, but they have well trained police and army, which saved their country from gangsterism and criminality. Malawi is facing a new wave of complex armed criminality. Mmafuna akanakhala azungu kapena? Of course it’s possible that paramilitary youths could be incorporated…but every good thing has a risk.

Ali Palimandi
9 months ago
Reply to  Genghis Khan

The Russians have the best forces in the whole wide world. Discipline. Integrity. Action. They are welcome.

cairo
cairo
9 months ago

To be honest, I dont trust this Chakwera government. This offer from Rwanda raise a lot of questions than others, CDEDI is right that the Rwanda human rights records are not good at all. Why not seek from the British govt who may be neutral and can do a better job. In fact, most of our Police officers are trained by the British. Lero, Rwanda, asaaaaa!!

ERUTU
ERUTU
9 months ago
Reply to  cairo

Nanga China iyi ikutithandiza osapanga bwanji mademo kuti tisiyane nawo?

A Namiwa mudziwe kuti dziko lililonse liri ndi bvuto la human rights even USA.

Go back to your research.

mbundu zenus
mbundu zenus
9 months ago
Reply to  cairo

We know this Government have already trained more than 180 people at Mtakataka,the aim akuti azizathana ndi anthu odzudzula boma and these notorious people have gone intensive training and the type of there training is the same as what is happening in Mozambique. we know the 90 unidentified soldiers are in south, 90 central and 90 in north, they did not wearing uniform but they use our taxpayers money. God have mercy,

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