Livingstonia synod condemns Malawi police excessive force

The Church and Society Programme in the CCAP Synod of Livingstonia has condemned use of excessive force by the Malawi Police Service (MPS) when enforcing Covid-19 preventive measures.

Moses Mkandawire: We call on government stakeholders to be more transparent in the information shared

People have been severely beaten by police officers in Mzuzu and Karonga for being found in recreation places at night and without putting on face masks. Some sustained injuries in the process.

In a statement signed by the executive director, Moses Washington Mkandawire, the Church and Society Programme says it is concerned about reports of excessive force on the part of the Malawi Police Service (MPS).

“We are also concerned that enforcement initiatives target those individuals and businesses who are hit hardest by the economic impact of the restrictions. While reports of large employers being held accountable for the protection of their workforces are few, we expect to see enforcement that respects human rights and for it to be meted out equally,” reads the statement in part.

And while thanking the State President, the Vice President and the Covi-19 Taskforce and clusters for their efforts to give leadership to the fight against Covid-19 in Malawi, Church and Society Programme has also called on government to be transparent when sharing information about the pandemic.

“Information gaps raise unnecessary fears and prevent effective local response to the Covid-19 pandemic. We call on government stakeholders to be more transparent in the information shared. Currently, only positive cases, deaths, and present hospital admissions are reported by district.

However, reporting testing and up-to-date treatment capacity per district would give a clearer picture of the spread of the virus in the country and the availability of resources to test and treat where necessary. Such information would reduce not only concerns about testing and treatment inequalities but also encourage local health-seeking behavior,” reads another part of the statement.

A few weeks ago, President Chakwera also condemned police brutality in enforcing Covid-19 preventive measures.

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Hora
Hora
5 months ago

Empowering the masses or giving them supporting rations is the only way out to make the majority of the citizens comply with lock down directives. You can not expect man to stay indoor without food with a family to look after. The 6billion covid fund was a lot of money, enough to be dispensed to the majority of vendors and small time business people to enable them buy food to last 21 days during which government could rightly say stay at home for 15 days,you have no excuse we have given you food enough to last the period. DON’T GO… Read more »

John chidongo
5 months ago

Aaaaa nanunso inu aLivingstonia sithawi you panga handle ndi kids gloves inu. Mukufuna anthu afe angati simukumva chisoni ndi mmene akufera anthumu. Mwasowa chonena eti. Mukufuna afe kaye ndani pamene apolice adzamenye anthu. Tayang’anira kale muuvi watilowa maso apa.

Jima
Jima
5 months ago

Police are right to use force we’re it is necessary to do so. Some people pretend and ignore the government. This time of the pandemic, we have seen how people are loosing their lives, but we tend not to believe that covid exist. We have been told all Precautions needed to prevent the covid, but if we are not obeying the rules, some people listen with a whip and that’s the only way they can obey. So police are doing the right thing, we choose to obey or get whipped. e

ERUTU
ERUTU
5 months ago
Reply to  Jima

Zowonadi even some learned professors in Zomba were arrested for ignoring the MG regulations to put on a face mask 😷 and he was paraded at Eastern Region Police Headquarters so that people should be aware of stupidity among Malawians 🦠

WO Chakwera
WO Chakwera
5 months ago

Well done Police keep it up . Anthu North samava

kheza
kheza
5 months ago

IG. Fire the Officers or you get fired yourself.

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