Opposition MCP concerned with Malawi Police brutal attacks ahead of 2019 polls
The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has expressed its concern on the recent conduct by some police officers, who are allegedly assaulting civilians, while in the line of duty.
The call has been made by the party’s Publicity Secretary Reverend Maurice Munthali, in a statement made available to Nyasa Times.
Last Thursday in Blantyre, Police used teargas to disperse people that gathered at a Curios market where MCP vice president Sidik Mia made a stop over to talk to the people and distribute some of the party’s clothing.
In the same week Police are alleged to have attacked journalists working with Zodiak Broadcasting Station Musase Cheyo and Towera Kumwenda when the reporters were doing their duty covering a police exercise to remove vendors from the streets.
It has been established that the two journalists were attacked despite getting permission from the northern region police public relations officer Peter Kalaya earlier in the day.
In his statement, Rev Munthali said: “This is against the objective and mission of a reformed police service We should not be living in fear. We ask the police to remain professional and avoid being used by the ruling elite.”
Munthali said mcp is demanding that justice prevail by arresting those who were involved in the assault of civilians.
“The party is concerned about the safety of civilians in the country and want assurance from the Police that they will focus on their duty of protecting civilians rather than victimizing them.”
Government has not yet responded to the MCP calls and Home Affairs Minister Cecilia Chazazama has been silent about the issue.
However , spokesperson of the police James Kadadzera fail short of accepting responsibility and rather chose to advise the general public on the need to get proper permissions from the city councils when conducting any events on public land.
He said the Blantyre teargas incident involving Mia happened because police noticed a possibility of tension and the crowd had to be controlled.
The criticism of the police has been echoed by the Diaspora arm of the MCP through its communications director, Chalo Mvula, who said: “The Diaspora MCP is also genuinely concerned. We have seen increase in political violence recently and the last thing we would expect is for Police officers , who are meant to be providing protection, to be perpetrators of those violent conducts “.
Mvula went further to say that safeguarding press freedom is at the top of MCP priority and the party will never keep quiet when the police or anybody else are trying to make the environment hostile for the media to work on.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :
The police is part of the political criminal gang-operatives being perpetrated by this DPP government.
The CADET himself is right at the helm!!!
SHAME on THUGS!!!
Rev.Munthali,kindly please remove Jesus Cross from your chest for you are a religious criminal and an opportunist fighting for your own interests.Whatever the case,the people of Malawi will not vote for the MCP that killed and tormented thousands of Malawians who were innocent.Munthali,you have committed untold sins in the name of devil.
Which Malawi are you talking about here? Iwe udani wobadwa nawowu uphulika nao wekha.
Kodi MCP you think by putting these fake reverends in high positions you will shed the image of the party of darkness and death???????
The culture was perpetuated by MCP long ago. I am 100% sure that once in power MCP will be doing the same. The intolerance that we are experiencing with MCP party will be extended to the whole country. Change your ways before you castigate others.
Mwayamba kutha ma plan/ Is there any reason why you should say the culture was perpetuated by MCP long time ago. Why did we vote for change in 1993? Your true self is slowly coming out. Yo pretend to be objective but we can see through you. There s no need to justify this kind of behaviour in a modern Malawi regardless of who is perpetuating it. Tili pamavuto!!!! Sitinadzuke.
iwe ndi Mbuzi yamunthu your comment is contrary to the issue raised
I thought you are intelligent but from your point of view you are not.The things you are talking are long time gone and that is why MCP accepted the need of Multi Party because it is based on freedom of expression and associates.I don’t think you were there in 1993..Please understand the word REFORMED or REFORM.Kindly remove that name of yours #DZUKANI AMALAWI because you are still sleeping,you have got eyes but you can’t see and you have got ears but you can not hear.
Iziso ndiye ziti kodi?