IG Jose tells HRDC to suspend demos: Says Malawi police have failed to protect lives, property

Inspector General of Malawi police Rodney Jose has told  Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) to suspend demonstrations pushing for the resignation of Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansa, saying both the police and organisers have failed to protect lives and property of people when the protests turn violent.

Jose:  HRDC should suspend demos

In a letter dated July 26, 2019 to HRDC, Jose also says the rights activists have as well failed to hold peaceful demonstrations.

“In view of the above, the Malawi Police Service, in exercise of its powers under section 105(1) of the police Act, demands that HRDC should forthwith stop convening demonstrations until such a time when it would be possible to convene and hold demonstrations.

“You are also required to convey this demand to members of the HRDC at all levels,” says Jose in the letter seen by Nyasa Times

The letter says the HRDC sanctioned protests have been convened as peaceful; however, in all cases, Jose says, they have turned to be violent and have resulted injury to persons, extensive damage to property and looting.

“As you are aware, police officers have been attacked during these demonstrations making it extremely difficult for them to provide security to persons and property,” says the letter in part.

The police chief says the situation has been deteriorating with each new demonstration that HRDC convenes.

“It is thus evident that your organization is no longer able to convene peaceful demonstrations. On our part, we are unable to provide adequate protection for the people participating in these demonstrations and those affected by the same due to, among others, the hostile attitude of demonstrators towards police officers and criminal elements that have hijacked the said demonstrations,” says Jose in the letter addressed to HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo.

HRDC is yet to respond to the letter but the Republican Constitution provides right to peaceful protests and mandates the police to provide security for lives of people and their property.

Mtmabo said if Ansah, who is accused of presiding over a flawed electoral process in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, did not resign, they will take to the streets again next week.

But Thursday’s demonstrations were marred by violence prompting Minister of Information Mark Botoman to issue a statement to condemn the violence and “thuggery” that have manifested yet again during the protests

“Government sympathizes with the innocent and unsuspecting Malawians who are being used as weapons for destroying this country to fulfill political ambitions of a few.

“The targeting of innocent citizens and property, wherever this has taken place, has, again, been well recorded and, as we said before, those occasioning these demonstrations will be held responsible,” said Botomani in a statement.

Meanwhile, the ministry of home affairs has asked those who have suffered injuries or property damage in the demonstrations, to report to the ministry to help them file a lawsuit against organizers of the demonstrations.

But protest organizers say should Ansah refuse to resign, they will intensify the protests to twice a week, Tuesdays and Thursdays, until she steps down or is sacked by President Mutharika.

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Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Nkhono yotchedwa ‘JOSE’ ikukamba manyi apayi ndibwino itule pansi udindo.Amalawi sanalembe apolisi ntchito kuti azilephera ayi.Choncho lachiwili tikapelekanso PETITION yoti uchoke.Iwe uzilinjoya dzikolino ndi banja lako komanso amako pamene amalawi akuvutika kaamba kakatangale ndi gogo ya dzaka 79 yatsala pang’ono kutsatira m’bale wake ija.I pray for this old man called ‘Peter mutharika” to die and let this country remain peaceful.Lachiwili likudzali tikukaotchanso zinthu zina muzilankhula zenizeni.

Muchipeta
Muchipeta
1 year ago
Reply to  Innoxy Charles

Lerotu lachiwiri. Wapereka petition? Wapeperatu…kkkkkkkkk Kumangoyankhula zoti nzeru zaku sizikugwiritsidwa ntchito ndi ma organizers a mademo. Iwe uli gulu la mbavatu iwe.

Kambewa chisale
1 year ago

Mtambo and your group watch out for they have Evil plans to assassinate you and your leaders. Jose plans to withdraw security so that the Chikwanje Cadets can attack you and the demonstraters.
My advice is that if MDF is not able to assist then chonde call of the demonstration. I got this information from underground sources within DPP.

Innoxy Charles
Innoxy Charles
1 year ago

Manyi enieni..akomenti fuck.

Mziche
Mziche
1 year ago

Be reminded IG, the Malawi Constitution grants supreme freedom to citizens to demonstrate. You can’t stop them. Police Act is subordinate law. Get legal opinion and don’t waste our time

Manfasanja
1 year ago
Reply to  Mziche

This is to say the IG is a failure, the whole malawi police has failed, we dont need other proof than this , Jose utibwezera chasowa wathu .

Natopa Ine
Natopa Ine
1 year ago

Kodi DPP color mpaka mu uniform ya police ndiye kumadabwa zinthu kuti bwanji sizikuyenda ku police.Votseki!!!

Njolo mpilu
Njolo mpilu
1 year ago

dikilani muone malawi ayake moto ndi bodza lomwe a mec mukulisonkha.
pano tisengana makutu muone. dziko si la pitalatu nhati simukudziwa. munazolowera kufimbatitsodwa
5 days ???????? kuti mulembe maboza. koma tipex was from where and the 147 irregulaties?????????????
mingoyesera

Bristone Mabichi
Bristone Mabichi
1 year ago

The constitution is very clear on demonstrations and they will go on. Police officers must take care of these demos not to stop them and they cannot be stopped till we see Mai Ansah out of MEC. Chatsitsa zaye kuti njobvu ithyoke mnyanga, nkhani ndi imeneyo. Demos are just fruits/results of the May 21.

Yasser Arafat Hamdani
Yasser Arafat Hamdani
1 year ago

Ad long as the demos are not peaceful, they must be halted. Zakuba Basi.

Bellani
Bellani
1 year ago

Indeed Jose you are not qualified to run the Police Department if you are incapable of protecting life and property. Imagine an army general asking for a cease fire because they are ill prepared.

That is the job you signed up for. If you are incapable, please step down and allow someone else to do it.

Mr Truth Pains
1 year ago

Becareful Mtambo and Trapence this might be a plot to assassinate you guys bcoz there will be no one to ask how security was so porous for assassination.

No one will be answerable for your demised.

Kambewa chisale
1 year ago
Reply to  Mr Truth Pains

Their evil plans is to use the Chikwanje DPP Cadets to kill you and other demonstrators and put the blame on your organisation.

TOSH
1 year ago

if such is the case JOSE YU MUST RESIGN AND GIVE THE JOB TO SOME WHO CAN HANDLE IT PROPERLY LIMENELO NDIYE VUTO LOLEMBANA PA CHIBALE POSATENGA ANTHU OKUTI ATHA KUGWIRA NTCHITO MWA UKADAULO IFE SITISIYA KUPANGA DEMOSTRATE

TOSH
1 year ago

whom yu call AGENDA FOR THEORY AMENE UKUMUCHEMELERA JANE WHY AKUYENDA chothawa if she is inocent, 2 why dpp wanted to remove the case twice 3 why MEC is failing to bring presidential results which they anounce in court 4 why dpp and mec were doing some dilly dally on this case yu shouldnt talk trush before yu investigate, mark my words DPP and mec are losing this case kumwamba kwa kana they will try any means to win this case but it wont work

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