Malawi Police investigate death of student in cell

The Malawi Police Service has commenced internal investigations into the death of Edison Msiska, 30, of Chabisika village, Traditional Authority Chikulamayembe in Rumphi district who is alleged to have died in Police custody in Mzuzu.

Malawi’s top Cops from the Service’s Headquarters at Area 30 in the Capital Lilongwe converged in Mzuzu last Sunday and are expected to hold what Nyasa Times sources called “administrative inquiry” for a week.

The Cops are holding the closed door “administrative inquiry” at the Mzuzu City Council Civic offices.

Beaten to death by cops: Edison Msiska

Malawi Police national spokesperson Davie Chingwalu while not disputing the presence of this ‘elite’ Cop squad pushed inquiries to Northern Region Police Spokesperson Norrah Chimwala, who did not respond to our inquiries.

Even Mzuzu Police Station Spokesperson refused to comment saying he was not the best person to talk on the issue.

Sources also told NyasaTimes that the situation at the Northern region Police Headquarters is tense because heads are likely to roll after the inquiry’s conclusion.

Preliminary findings of an autopsy done on Edison Msiska revealed a case of multiple bruises, fractures and strangulation, according to Charles Dzamalala, a respected Malawian Pathologist.

Police arrested Edison on January 25 instead of his brother Ulemu Msiska, whom relatives confirmed is a habitual criminal.

Family members buried Msiska along side the victims of the July 20th anti-government demonstrations shot in Mzuzu last year saying “Edison is another victim of Police brutality.”

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