Malawi leader says waiting for police probe over Msundwe rapes, acknowledges cops brutality

President Peter Mutharika says he is waiting for a thorough police investigation on the on rape incidents allegedly committed by police officers around Msundwe area in Lilongwe before taking action.

Mutharika: Investigations are underway to establish the truth 

Mutharika said this in his New Year’s message amid calls from both local and international rights bodies for swift action against police officers implicated in the Msundwe rapes in Lilongwe.

“I am aware of the reports implicating police officers and I believe the truth will be established in the matter,” said Mutharika.

Mutharika said he is waiting with keen interest the outcome of the police investigations on the matter.

The UN and European Union are among other key international bodies which have called on Mutharika to take swift action against the police officers implicated in the matter.

The police officers allegedly raped and assaulted 17 women in retaliation for the killing of a police officer by some men in the area during a political fracas.

The President however acknowledged that his government has taken note of allegations of police heavy-handedness after the police officer Superintendent Imedi was murdered in cold-blood while on duty.

“We have seen moments of patriotism and self-sacrifice in a policeman brutally killed by those he wanted to protect. May the soul of Superintendent Imedi rest in everlasting peace,” he said.

Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) conducted the investigation and released the report in Lilongwe on December 18 2019  which established that police officers raped 13 women, defiled one girl and sexually assaulted three under-18 girls during their October 8 2019 operation around the area.

The report says the police officers committed the incidents as the women fled violent scenes.

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10 months ago

Uyu akungotionogera ndalama zamisokho yathu uyu sakukwanila pau purezidenti uyu koma am chairman with limbe market kkkkkkkkkkk awa ngotukwanitsa ndithu luso lautsogoleri alibe koma chiphyinjo ichi eeeeeh Malawi tinalakwa chani?

Mtete
Mtete
10 months ago

Madzi achita katondo. What with UN EU and UK breathing down APM’s neck.
It is a real shame acting after pressure from different quarters. And Mwapasa is waiting for confirmation as IG?

Angoni apaphata
Angoni apaphata
10 months ago

Kodi tinakamutenga kuti munthu uyu. This man cannot be a leader. Not even head of department. I don’t think even head of family

Vj Sambamo
Vj Sambamo
10 months ago

Peter Muthalika should know that justice delayed for the rape victims is justice denied. If he cared enough for the welfare of the Victims, he would have acted immediately and the culprits would have been rocked away already. This is what happens when the powers belong only to one person who also seems to have too much already on his plate and can’t bite anymore…

The Great Prophet Baruch
10 months ago

I thought this is 2020. ‘Presidents’ would start using their brains! I was wrong.

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