HRDC tells police IG to discipline cops assaulting people over Covid-19 measures

Rights activists the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) have asked the police Inspector General to discipline officers who are brutalising people who fail to mask up as a covid-19 preventive measure.

HRDC’s Luke Tembo: Malawi is not a police state

This comes amid widespread reports in the country’s cities and towns that police officers are beating up who fail to wear face masks.

In a press statement, HRDC Chairperson Gift Trapence says his organization is dismayed  with reports of police brutality in enforcing Covid-19 guidelines.

Meanwhile, Malawi police spokesperson James Kadadzera has said they are looking into the matter.

Trapence and HRDC national  coordinator Luke Tembo are  reminding the police that Malawi is not a police state but a democratic country with laws that have to be followed and human rights that have to be respected.

 

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6 months ago

HRDC u r very right, Malawi is indeed a country of laws, now phunzitsani anthu kutsatila the said laws pa nkhani ya covid…basitu nkhani yatha

Benjones87
Benjones87
6 months ago

Time to make money

Tan
Tan
6 months ago

HRDC is now ordering the IG around

Mnzungu
6 months ago

Kumalawi kuli security breakdown. We do not have enough police. Even for the few police we have, they are underpaid and unmotivated. What do you mean they should be disciplined? Docking their pay when they are already underpaid is a recipe for corruption, they will make up the shortfall through bribes. Suspending them with increased security breakdown is unhelpful. Certain things are imperfect, and after all, this is not the new Yerushalem. Zinthu zina zimakhala imperfect, tiyeni tizisiye.

Erik P
Erik P
6 months ago
Reply to  Mnzungu

Why do people work in the police if they believe they are underpaid? If they weren’t working in the police would they be earning more? Many of the police are simply there for money. Their regular salary and the cash they can fish from others. They certainly don’t do their jobs well.

Zio ine
Zio ine
6 months ago

You have not seen something yet.here in ndirande we are planning for a show down with them. They will regret

Concerned citizen
6 months ago

We have lost too many friends and relatives. Take all measures humanly possible to ensure we do not loss any more. The lose of even one, is one too many.

If it means beating, then beat very very hard.

When you want to defeat covid preventative measures, then you become my enemy number one. I have lost enough close friends to covid. No more, no more.

Erik P
Erik P
6 months ago

If we beat everyone that broke the law there would be no end of beatings for everyone in Malawi. Police don’t determine the penalty. If someone breaks the law they can receive fines or be arrested. Police beating people is just asking for retaliation.

Kondwa
Kondwa
6 months ago

True most police officers take the law into their hands, please take a leaf from neighbouring Tanzania,
Does na mask even nhelp?

Ginimbi, the illuminate, the likes of Bushiri

Kwantele government led by the state reverend, what do you expect from political amateurs?

Malawian
Malawian
6 months ago

Sad

Anzanufe
Anzanufe
6 months ago

Nusence government

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