Experts agree Malawi police overstretched: IG also over stretched powers to ban protests

A governance expert and political an has agreed with Malawi police chief Rodney Jose that the law enforcers are “overstretched” because of poor population ratio between the cops and people.

Governance commentator Henry Chingaipe

However, Henry Chingaipe said this is not reason enough for Jose to overstretch his IG powers to ban demonstrations.

“The statement that the police are overstretched does not signify failure on the part of the inspector general of police,” said Chingaipe.

He said there are only 14, 500 police officers against a population of 17 million [18 million] people. The police therefore cannot ably protect lives of people and property during the demonstrations,” said Chingaipe.

However, he said although this might be the case, the police IG has no powers to override the Republican constitution which allows peaceful demonstrations.

Lawyer Khumbo Soko said Jose was wrong to demand that the demonstrations be stopped, saying he was usurping the powers of the Constitution.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) are organising  the demonstrations to force Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah to resign for allegedly residing over a flawed electoral process.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM Party leaders have been participating in the protest.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Sharing is caring!

newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Charie
Guest
Charie

Bingu anali boh cos apolice amkawombera anthu openingakatundu katundu wa eni.nanga inu mukadikira chiani.?

Muchipeta
Guest
Muchipeta

Chingaipe, you are a very silly analyst. The globally accepted Police to civilian ratio is 1:450, meaning that 225 police officers for every 100,000 civilians. The ratio in Malawi is over 3 times higher, mostly jobless, no skills, full of impunity, illiterate, umbuli/uburumutira, under-developed brains, and with an abnormally high appetite to get rich quickly without sweat as we have seen during the demos in Lilongwe and Mzuzu. Frankly speaking the demos have not been peaceful as Mutambo mobilizes people to bring stones and catapults for attacks and breaking, tyres for burning, axes, hammers and crowbars for breaking into shops… Read more »

Schwarzenegger
Guest

Komanso ma experts akumalawi mumaganiza bwanji malo mwakuti musapote nkulu wapolisi pofuna kuthetsa ziwawazo anthu akhale mwantemdere ndiye walakwa mukufuna ziwawazo zikukusangalatsabi anthu aziwotcha manyumba anzawo inu mumtimamo mbee kumasangalala antambo ndachiwona ineyo ndichakuti mwapatsidwa ufulu kwambiri ndi apolisi chifukwa chake mwafika podelera chomchi kukanakhala boma bakili or bingu subwenzi mutapanga zimenezo ayi police ili ndi ufulu oteteza anthu ndipo zinthu zikafika oovuta sadikilanso lamulo ayi Ku south Africa anthu anaphedwa ogwira ntchito Ku mines akupanga mademo mpakana apolisi amapangidwa attack koma apolisi pofuna kuteteza miyoyo yawo adawombera anthu aja ndikuphako anthu okwana 36 kumalikana massacre or apolisi adayimbidwa mlandu… Read more »

Demo Kayende
Guest
Demo Kayende

The 14,500 police officers we have is not a bad number. The problem is that a good percentage of these officers are guarding other officers, politicians, cadets and even the children and grand children of these elites. You will find over 5 officers each at the houses of Jose and his deputy. Each Minister has at least two of them. Even cadets like Wa Jeffrey has officers at home. The result being that we could be having less than 7000 at the public disposal if we deduct traffic officers, CID and others.

Fake Petros
Guest
Fake Petros

That’s what happens when you thieves who try as much as possible to cling to power by any means. In the end, they create unnecessary insecurity in the country. They are paranoid believing everyone is after their lives.

TOSH
Guest

NGATI MUMAYESA KUTI MUGWIRITSA NTCHITO FORCE KUTI MULETSE MA DEMO INO SINTHAWI YAKE IWE JOSE TAZISYE UFELA ZAYENI

Schwarzenegger
Guest

Pangani mademo tiwone chomwe ndimadziwa mchakuti boma siligonjera munthu ayi

Babu
Guest
Babu

A Jose ndiye mwalakwa nonse, wokutumaniyo ndi inu nomwe.Mukufuna kukhala Parliament? Schools have freed most Malawians from constitutional ignorance. This fight is between civilians .You and the army ,Your roles are to protect us.If you observed well ,Army commander brought in the legal advisor while you came only three without legal member.The country system is continuous .The leaders go and come, be warned you might not enjoy your good pension.Let them fight politically ,do your job which you were employed for.Protect lives and property and bring offenders to court.Awa amaziwana.Abelana okha athana okha Ku court.whatever they send ask your legal… Read more »

GANGWAYI
Guest
GANGWAYI

JOSE is incompetent not the whole police service.Ndiye sizinati mulira zenizeni paja MDF sili mbali yanu ili mbali ya osaukawa.You will be extra-over-stretched mpaka kuphwathuka hahahahahahaha.

Kaitano
Guest
Kaitano

Kikkkkkkk kuphwathuka ! Phuuuuu or keeeeeee! !

shares