Malawi police asked to arrest officiers who sexually abused women in Msundwe

A social and governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali has called on on Malawi Police to act on Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC)  report which extablisged  that police officers raped 13 women, defiled one girl and sexually assaulted three under-18 girls in an October 8 operation around Msundwe on the outskirts of Lilongwe City, by effecting arrests cops within its rank and file.

Munthali: The cops should face the law
One of the Msundwe victims Tamala Isaac narrates her ordeal

Munthali’s comments comes  after  an investigation report commissioners Martha Chizuma  – who is also the Ombudsman – and Mary Kanyuka released in Lilongwe, MHRC said it  established that the police officers raped the women as they fled violent scenes.

MHRC conducted the investigations to identify human rights violations and to facilitate access to justice and legal remedies of the survivors of the human rights violations.

The tax-funded rights commission has recommended that the acting Inspector General of Police Duncain Mwapasa should institute criminal investigations into the matter and that the probe should target police officers deployed in Mpingu and M’bwatalika on the day.

The officers were led by superintendents Kantchowa, Chisale and Msukwa and Inspector Chipofya (all presented without their first names in the report.)

Commenting on the report, governance commentator Munthali told Nyasa Times that  the investigations has only “validated” what the public held  and even unearthed more disturbing practices that occurred during the saga.

“The Msundwe [police sexual exploitation[ is one of the gravest tragedy of our time and one wonders why the police toll tofate has not brought to book the perpetrators within its ranks,” said Munthali.

He added: “Government’s luke-warm approach to the matter is also distrurbing and yet this is one  of the worsr form of human rights violation Malawi has ever witnessed.

“It’s unfortunate thar the State has abandoned it’s duty to protect, respect and fulfil human rights.”

The vocal Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) has also  asked police to arrest officers accused of raping and sexually assaulting some women  in Lilongwe.

National Police spokesperson James Kadadzera said  police will make a proper response to the MHRC report.

Police instituted own investigations into the alleged Msundwe atrocities widely seen as an act of vengeance by officers after their colleague was stoned to death during a fracas in the area.

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Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
10 months ago

Generally our Police mediocrity is rooted on generational protection, what our police is full of cousins, nieces, brothers etc of former or serving IG’s, Commissioners, OC’s of so & so Police stations etc.How can those rooted generational connectivity effect arrests of their rapist relations of Nsundwe women & girls?

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
10 months ago

The guys who killed the cop r in custody why leave the rapist loitering in our tax bought uniforms why why
?

Tizanka
Tizanka
10 months ago

Rest in Peace Usamani Imedi, you were a human being like the rest of us. I can’t picture the pain when the first stone hit you and the pain you felt when the spirit was leaving you. You wife and children want justice as well, I can’t imagine when they heard the news that you were killed by stones and pangas, I can’t wish that on any parent, rest in power Usamani

tung'ande
tung'ande
10 months ago
Reply to  Tizanka

The one to give a report is Usman who was killed. He was the one who was deploying the police and since je died there is no report therefore its a waste of tme.

LONE RANGER
LONE RANGER
10 months ago
Reply to  tung'ande

koma munapitadi kusukulu inu?????

Nsundwe Sympathizer
Nsundwe Sympathizer
10 months ago

OTHER THAN ARRESTING THE POLICE OFFICERS, THE ONE WHO SENT THE POLICE OFFICERS TO NSUNDWE UNPREPARED WAS VERY NEGLIGENT IN DISCHARGING HIS DUTIES, WAS SLEEPING ON HIS JOB.MWANGODZADZANAKO MA CADET KU POLICE KO EETI.
POLITICAL TENSION WAS AT HIGHEST IN LILONGWE AT THAT TIME, WHY ON EARTH DID DPP THINK OF HOLDING A POLITICAL RALLY, KUGANIZA KOPEPELA KUMEKO BWANJI? MUNAPHESA MU POLICE NDINU A DPP PANOPA MUKUTETEZA A POLICE OLAKWAWO.

Opportunist
Opportunist
10 months ago

Time heals all wounds, one day this puzzle will be solved

mjiba
mjiba
10 months ago

Nkhaniyi siyovuta a Police chitani identification parade ya anthu amene anali pa operation Msundwe tiwone ngati azimayi amene akudandaula atalozepo munthu amene adapanga izi. Palibe kuthawa nkhaniyi ndi yofunika itsatidwe Panopa ena mwa azimayiwa akuti ndi oyembekezela apa ndiye nyani wakakamila pa bumbu. Mwanayo akabadwa basi DNA samples tengu gulu lonse linali pa operation Msundwe court order DNA samples tengu mwana azagwiritsa atate ake nkhaniyi isoveka bola asakhale anthu akwa Msundwe konko adachita izi too much umbava ndi uchigandanga mdelari

wakalekale
11 months ago

Revolutionary and Amfumu
you are biased.
You want the whole village would be punished because a few criminals from that village have killed a policeman?
That only happens when there is war.
Policemen have been killed before and the individuals involved are the ones to face the music and not their sisters.
During Joyce Banda days a policeman was killed at Goliati and no Lomwe girl was raped.
Stop your provocative and stupid comments.

Kuswa Kuswa
11 months ago
Reply to  wakalekale

Typical tumbuka statement and thinking.

Kuswa Kuswa
11 months ago

Ntumbuka iwe, change idzakupeza liti kuti udzatukuke?

MPHANGALA
MPHANGALA
11 months ago
Reply to  Kuswa Kuswa

Ndikubwera kuzatenga abale ako azandilimire fodya kuno, pali kusakhana mtundu apa? just comment fullstop.

Wellington
Wellington
11 months ago

I think u are the most stupid person in the world

Shonai
11 months ago

Useless.Afunse Chakwera ndi Chirima.

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