IG Jose maintains ‘I have demanded’ demos to end: Malawi army, police hold media briefing

Malawi Police Service (MPS) and Malawi Defence Force (MDF) on Monday held a media briefing at the Police Headquarters, Area 30 in Lilongwe in which the Inspector General of Police Rodney Jose maintained that he has “demanded” that protests against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chair Jane Ansah should stop or else the law enforcers will use force to disperse the marchers.

MDF Commander Vincent Nundwe and Police IG Rodney Jose addressing the media

The two State security organs media briefing was held ahead of a fresh round of anti-Jane Ansah protests by civil society organisations (CSOS)  led by Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) set for Tuesday nationwide.

Apart from the Police IG, there was also the presence of military bosses at the briefing which included MDF Commander Vincent Nundwe.

In his statement, Jose confirmed sending a letter to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo dated July 26 2019,  that has been circulating on various platforms,  ordering the grouping  to stop convening demonstrations in the country.

“As Inspector General, I would like to put it on record that my office places supremacy on the Constitutional right to assemble and demonstrate,” said Jose.

He said the decision follows violent and criminal acts that have characterised recent protests and that it doesn’t require one to be a rocket scientist to know that the demonstrations have been violent and have provided an opportunity for criminal elements to loot.

“It’s now evident that some quarters of the society have now declared war on police,” said Jose.

Jose said police officers have been attacked during these demonstrations, making it extremely difficult for them to provide security to persons and property.

He used a quote of former US President William J. Clinton, saying: “A society that makes war against its police had better learn to make friends with its criminals.”

Jose said his letter to HRDC is a demand but hope the grouping will respond positively to the letter as Police are overwhelmed by the demonstrations.

“I have demanded. I stand by the words that I am demanding,” he said.

HRDC has blamed the country’s city councils and Malawi Police Service for allegedly fuelling violence, looting and vandalism that have characterised recent demonstrations organised by the grouping.

In a statement seen by Nyasa Times, HRDC national chairperson Timothy Mtambo said police should arrest all criminal elements in the protests but not stop rights of citizens to demonstrate.

Mtambo said HRDC is available to work with relevant authorities to prevent violence before, during and after the demonstrations.

A security studies lecturer at Mzuzu University, Euginio Njoloma said the IG’s decision to demand suspension of demonstrations shows that the police is overwhelmed.

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Kulubwa-lumbwa
Kulubwa-lumbwa
1 year ago

Jose you are over-stepping your boundary! please stay in your lane

Phalombewatch
Phalombewatch
1 year ago

Yesterday’s Police briefing was just a total waste of time and taxpayers money because JOSE did not know what he was talking about. MDF Commander sounded to be more knowledgeable of the Malawi’s Consitution than JOSE who came to the meeting with full of anger than dressing the matter currently at hand. I am at pains not to believe that he is Senior Dpp Cadet in the manner he handles matters of concerns in this Country.For instance his fellow cadets were openly busy beating up very innocent people at Shop-rite last week in view of about 30 Police officers watching… Read more »

Noxy
1 year ago

Police is now on top of things.Certain people want to create chaos in this country.

Political ommentator

Courts are there to give us the injunction…..DEMOs will continue
Police has no powers to stop DEMOs…….

National CEO
National CEO
1 year ago

So Jane Ansah is more important than over 15,000,000 Malawians?

Ambwana wa kongelesi

if you a failing to stop one person from resigning how come you think you can easily stop the matitude from crying?

kishobeh
1 year ago

which multitude are you talking about uli buuu azako ukuwapangila money buu shirt akukupusitsani inu kumangosatila basi with your master of mathanyula trapece .

Jah Soldjah
Jah Soldjah
1 year ago
Reply to  kishobeh

iweyo KISHOBEH petala wakoyo MUMACHINDANA. ife kunsewu mpaka mugwa. A PUMBWA OYAMWA ZIMBOLO

Galumtsukwa
Galumtsukwa
1 year ago
Reply to  kishobeh

Mbava za DPP achina Kishobeh. Mumva m’bebe simunati. Mwakhala mukuwotcha zinthu zaboma mukaba pano mukhaula.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

Very professionally done with clear messaging. Congratulations to Police and MDF Leadership.

Babu
Babu
1 year ago

Police need to advise the President on how many people are against Keeping Jane.This is school periods of holidays. Shooting at cloud would definitely land the bullets on STD4 pupil.Jane is sang amongst primary schools. “Jane Asah sitikuna”

If the case is not to side of the president then with or without Jane the eq

Kalyoto
Kalyoto
1 year ago
Reply to  Babu

Za midolitu izi.

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
1 year ago

Those who comment here that demonstrations should continue lets go and meet in the streets. As I have said, some of us are ready to die for apm. Tatopa nazo lets support our leader. Enough is enough. Nafeso tinapita kusukulu. Sizakuti mtambo and trapece should dictate to us what they want.

kishobeh
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbwiye

sukulu yake iti inu mtambo akulemela pamutu panu inu muli phwiii which school komwe amaka teacher zimenezo shame on you what do you gain after that? buuuu shirt sons of demons.

Jah Soldjah
Jah Soldjah
1 year ago
Reply to  kishobeh

KISHOBEH KISHOBEH IWE WA STANDADI 1 ANA ADADI OLO CHIZUNGU MUMALEPHERA. KKKKKKKK

Brainy
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbwiye

Shame on you Mbwiye siding with a thief of our votes

Jah Soldjah
Jah Soldjah
1 year ago
Reply to  Mbwiye

KAGWERE UKO PHWALA LUKUPHWA

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

I AVE DEMANDED, KKKKKKK
CASOWA, LULE,JUMANI ETC
MUNAISOVA BWA,??????
NTABA NDI MA ALUBINOS,
ZINATHA BWA?????
IDIOT FOOL

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