July 20 police shooting victim families fault Attorney General on compensation

Family members of July 20, 2011 protests victims are asking Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale to withdraw his statement insinuating the family members had received compensation, saying this has caused problems within families.

Kaphale (right) and Itimu: Compensation paid long time ago
Kaphale (right) and Itimu: Compensation paid long time ago

Kaphale told a newspaper recently that the state settled the issue out of court and gave out K33 million in  compesation.

At least 20 Malawians were brutally killed by police on July 20, 2011 during country wide protests against the Democratic Progressive Party led government of former president Bingu Mutharika.

Lawyer for the victim families George Kadzipatike of Jivason and Company confirmed the families are yet to receive the compensation.

“There is delay in remitting the money to the families,” he said.

Ten families took the government to court for the loss of their relatives.

Spokesperson for the Justice ministry Apoche Itimu said the office of the Attorney General approved the K33 million compensation long time ago.

Treasury spokesperson Nations Msowoya said he did not have details of the issue and therefore asked for more time.

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