Malawi drifting towards police state, says activist Kajoloweka

Mzuzu-based Youth and Society (YAS) executive director Charles Kajoloweka  has accused  the government of a “complete abuse” of the Malawi Police Services for political reasons thereby turning the country into a police state.

Protests in Mzuzu

Kajoloweka said in Mzuzu on Thursday when group of people turned out to protest  the arrests of Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) barely after President Peter Mutharika attacked them  for planning protests against Mutharika’s attempts to quash upcoming elections.

HRDC chairperson Timothy Mtambo,  his deputy Gift Trapence and member Macdonald Sembereka had promised to shut down three presidential state residences last week in a bid to force Mutharika to ratify electoral bills that were recently passed in Parliament.

But Kajoloweka described the arrests as “unlawful and orchestrated by partisan politics”.

Kajoloweka told Al Jazeera: “We condemn it in the strongest terms possible and would like to call for their unconditional release.”

But the Lilongwe Chief Magistrate Violet Chipao imposed bail conditions when she released the activists.

HRDC spearheaded nationwide protests since last May’s disputed elections.

Mutharika’s re-election was nullified last month because of widespread irregularities, including the use of correction fluid on tally sheets.

The constitutional court ordered officials to hold a new presidential election within 150 days. But for those elections to be organised, the president has to agree to the new bills.

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1 year ago

Kodi Kajoloweka have you paid the legal costs wayamba kulongolola panopa?

1 year ago

You have a police state when the police becomes an extension of the ruling party, doing the ruling party’s bidding and the massive state machinery is used to serve the needs and interests of the ruling party. That is exactly the situation Malawi is in!! Tinpot dictator Mutharika mumbles some unlawful order at a political rally or podium, it is immediately carried out!!

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1 year ago

what are the police going to do with the chairman of vendors in Blantyre who has threatened that if Mtambo and his friends are released they will be killed. Is this not a death threat? Kabwila was arrested for what you claimed a threat to judges? What are you going to do with the safe proclaimed witch Jeffery wa Jeffery who has also made threats on other people’s live? May be you are indeed cadets

1 year ago


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