Malawi Police spokesman arrested over Facebook slurs

Officer in Charge of Mzuzu Police Station on Thursday ordered the  arrest of the  spokesman Edward Longwe because of his unpalatable comments on the popular social networking site Facebook over Station’s management style and maladministration.

Sergeant Longwe, who was arrested in his police uniform, told Nyasa Times that he was indeed  under arrest, saying the Police had been stalking him for long time.

Officer in Charge Getrude Kachinga ordered the arrest of Longwe, accusing him of posting  the “deeply offensive” comments on Facebook.

The Cops are also angry that Longwe decided to involve ‘outsiders’ on a purely in-house disciplinary issue.

“This is witch hunting and I will not be intimidated. I will make sure that this issue ends in court,” said Longwe.

Officers who spoke on condition of anonymity told Nyasa Times that Longwe’s comments on the Cop’s Facebook group angered the Police top brass, who then called for a disciplinary action against him.

The Police have since charged Longwe with “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline”

Longwe’s relative then called a lawyer George Kadzipatike to process bail for him. But Police prevented Kadzipatike from seeing Longwe and threatened the lawyer that he too risked arrest if he attempted to see Longwe without their consent.

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