Malawi Police on stealing spree: Chakwera, Chimwendo, Kainja face a multibillion kwacha suit

Malawi Police Service in Lilongwe is on rampage in Lilongwe breaking into shops, bars and even saloons on the pretext of enforcing Covid-19 restrictions and taking away billions of kwacha items as angry owners have promised to personally sue President Lazarus Chakwera, Home Affairs Minister Richard Chimwendo and Inspector General of Police George Kainja.

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Since the new Covid-19 rules came into force, Malawi Police officers were demanding bribes and asking the bar owners to extend their time from official 8pm while they drunk free beer. Bar owners have refused to break the law and now comply to the 8pm lockdown.

Police are said to be targeting populous areas and so far breakages after lock downs after been reporters in Biwi, Area 36, Kauma, Kaliyeka, Area 50, 25 and volatile Area 23.

“Biwi has been their targets. On Monday bar owners were called by their guards that Police were chasing them from the premises and breaking into the bars. Those broken into included Culture Club and Kalino where they were caught on CCTV cameras searching cash drawers and stealing alcohol,” said Chair of Bar owners at Biwi.

Two bar tenders who went to report at Kawale Police about the night break ins at Biwi were arrested and threatened by the Malawi Police Service.

On Tuesday night, several shop owners including groceries who had closed well before 7pm as it was raining also reported that their workers called them that Police were breaking into shops and stealing things.

A total of 23 shops have been looted by law enforcers and complaints were made directly to the Regional Commissioner for the Centre, Inspector General of Police and the Minister of Home Affairs.

“After we reported to them, the situation has worsened. In Area 50 they went to steal from a Burundi shop and took cash and groceries. It was shocking, they were challenging nothing will happen to them,” said an eye witness who took photos of the officers in action.

One of the bar owners said they are engaging lawyers to sue the President, the Minister and the Inspectors General of Police in their individual capacity as they have shown to be in support of their Police breaking economic and social rights of Malawians willy-nilly.

“People were shot by Police in cold blood, nothing happened to the officers. We have been complaining about abuse by Traffic Officers nothing has changed. Now they are sending thieves in uniform to harass and steal from innocent hard working Malawians who are trying to earn a decent living. We hold them personally reliable, as long as they keep smiling and keep quiet to us they are complicit to these thieves. For Mr. Kainja, he has been a disgrace to MPS, he is the worst ever Inspector General, Parliament should fire him since the President has shown to be incapable of making any decision,” she said.

One of the lawyers for the group said they will be seeking billions of kwachas in compensation and that they hope the Court will order confiscation of assets of the President, Minister and IG for them to feel what the small scale businesspeople are feeling.

“Police with the blessing and command of the three are terrorising Malawians who have not lost their properties. The Commander In Chief, the Minister responsible and the Inspector General must equally lose their properties to compensate those injured by this kind of brutality,” he said.

It is yet to be seen if Chimwendo and Kainja will move to discipline the rioting Police in Lilongwe.

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Neno
Neno
5 months ago

Ma cadet zidikilani convention yanu muwone kuti zikatha bwanji kumeneko ndi yanu yazikwanje yinja.

political commentator
5 months ago

za ma cadet izi zisyeni. APOLISI samapanga zimenezo. Mwalemba dala ma cadet, pajatu munawapatsa ma uniform munthawi ya DPP ndepano akugwiritsa ntchito kuononga dzina la TONSE

musova makape inu.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
5 months ago

Blame much the IG…they get /follow orders from him. Chakwera can’t know these nonsenses. He,IG,must also inform the Citizens nkhani ya Buleya Lule,Masambuka,a police anzake ogwirira a zimayi kwa Msundwe plus Plus…. A police are law enforcers but akhaleso magule,akuba,ogwirila..kikiki,koma mavuto a ku Nyasaland,sazatha ndithu. Kainja,watch out,apangitse delete apolice akoeo and caution them asiya kuba,chigololo otherwise,expect fire on your degree(s)head. Inetu,I salute Malawi Army,kulije uzeleza,uhule,unkhungu ku Army no wonder the Commander is from Rumphi&In Chief is also Mkweni that side. Dr Kainja…be informed please,ku police kwanuko kuli ukazuzi,mukolopeko nakutiphalira ma report ya Buleya,kwa Msundwe,Mc Donald Masambuka na yanandi waka. Wapulika… Read more »

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
5 months ago

Kodi iye chakwera sawelenga
News paper.

Mwinoghe
5 months ago

Mphepo yawomba, tambala wakuda wawonekera matako. MCP is full of failures. MCP must not stop thanking the corrupt tumbuka judiciary for selling them government at a give away price. Mr Kwantele Chakwera is just a preacher good enough for empty headed christians and nothing more. Too much talk and no tangible actions on the ground, typical of aneneri onyenga. Fotseki!

Didimu
Didimu
5 months ago
Reply to  Mwinoghe

🤝

Felix Chikakuda
Felix Chikakuda
5 months ago
Reply to  Mwinoghe

Fool

Atuganire
Atuganire
5 months ago

We do not have Police Services in Malawi BUT Senior battalion of ma eleven bongos comprising cadets. A police was tawapangani kwawonkwawo zimene anaeoma maphunzitsi a secondary zija. Yes nenani kuti mutu wanga muli mamina bola ine ndikuziwa kuti even my nostrils are very clean. Ma Eleven Bongos was akukwana kwambiri ngati mabala a mphuno. Police? My foot! Nyamukani muzikagwira ntchito ku zigawo zakwanu you strangers you are suffocating us ku Central Region kuno. Covid is about social distancing. Let us spread out the whole Malawi has offices as per your qualifications. Your allocation is in your location. Pack up… Read more »

Medsonchimudima3@gmail.com
5 months ago
Reply to  Atuganire

MYP on move

Nsanje-Lalanje
Nsanje-Lalanje
5 months ago

What is happening is really bad and a disgrace! however I would like to request the reporter to refrain from biased opinion….do you really imagine these bar break ins are adding up to “Billions” of Kwachas? How your story have jumped from the issue at hand to Road traffic Police then to the President….mmmmmmm Nyasa Times I think you can do better

Phwisa
Phwisa
5 months ago

That’s true. Even if they meet you on the road walking they make you free yourself by paying K 2000 and we have been paying the monies. Everybody knows that our police is rotten with corruption and one would not have assigned such a patrolling responsibility to these thieves. Chakwera should address this issue before the communities address it themselves.

O Phiri
O Phiri
5 months ago

DPP is on its way back. Boma likutipulumuka pang’ono pang’ono ili. Somebody never knew what it meant to run boma. Ngati ku tonse kuli anthu oganiza bwino, Chilima should quickly come on the driver’s seat otherwise Mwai umenewu mudzaulira pyo! Ask Joyce Banda

Mwenekayondo
Mwenekayondo
5 months ago
Reply to  O Phiri

Wau

Mwenekayondo
Mwenekayondo
5 months ago
Reply to  O Phiri

Wauponda

Baba
Baba
5 months ago

He he he koma Malawi. People thought Chakwera will bring paradise on earth. Tinyela sitinati he he he

Robson Chendawaka
Robson Chendawaka
5 months ago

Ma cadet mwasowa zochita, Lilongwe yake iti osanamiza anthu, a police gwilani ntchito yanu

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