Police brutality rears its ugly head again: Cops beat journalist in Lilongwe

An investigative journalist Henry Kijimwana Mhango is receiving treatement in hospital after being severe beaten by Malawi Police Service officer  in Lilongwe while on duty.

Journalist Mhango was beaten by police

Speaking in a telephone interview, Mhango who work with local and international media organizations, said  he was attacked by police officers  on Friday around Lilongwe bridge in the afternoon hours.

“I saw police beating people who were not wearing mask. I then introduced myself to one of the police officers. I asked him who was their leader because I wanted to get a permission to take some pictures. However, the police officer insulted m and because I didn’t get the permission, I decided to go home,” he narrated.

Mhango said he was surprised to see the same police officer following him when he was on his way home.

As he was crossing the Lilongwe bridge, the said police officer started beating him and when he was crying for a help, a group of other officers joined in assaulting the journalist without asking.

“After beating me, a certain group of people who know me, took me home. However, after gaining some energy, I decided to go to the hospital,” he added.

Police are to issue a comment on the matter.

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Steve Mathambo Ngoma
Steve Mathambo Ngoma
6 months ago

As a journalist you don’t ask permission to take pictures, instead you should have gone ahead to shoot it’s not a restricted area, the photographs would be speaking for you.

Mangochi Kabwafu
Mangochi Kabwafu
6 months ago

These idiots need to be arrested and sacked. Such brutality must have ended with the Mutharikas.
It’s about time we had proper reforms in the police which must include proper training and employing the educated. Hence the need to get rid of all these dunderheads now.

Last edited 6 months ago by Mangochi Kabwafu
Charles
Charles
6 months ago

Mwachimva chizungu cha ku Malawi abale! ‘damages repilutations’!! What does it mean? Why join a discussion you can’t fully participate in? It is difficult to follow what message you are trying to convey! And the so-called MCP ‘atrocities’ are not fresh in people’s minds as you claim. In fact, those who are 20 years of age or less do not even know about the existence of Kamuzu Banda and MCP ‘atrocities’

Charles
Charles
6 months ago

Firstly Tiwonge, your English requires polishing up! As a journalist, good English is a must because many people read Nyasa Times articles! Secondly, your report is one-sided, from your so-called reporter only and nothing from the police officers! And it seems the ‘victim’ reporter never filed a case/complaint to police so that the erring police officers could be taken to task. The story does not make sense at all as there are many gaps that need filling.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
6 months ago

Arrest those corps.These are type of police that damages repilutations of MPS.James Kadazera,Dr.G Kainja,arrest a policewo must be charged very stupid police. Wachuluka ndi umbuli,they didnylt really go to school. Muwona ambiri alotere ndi a chewa a file,ooooo !!yes Your Excellency,a police ngati awa,akuyipitsilani mbiri,mind you,memories are still fresh za nkhaza za MCP,so be very careful. Muli mu Boma because of UTM(a good percentage) DR Kainjaaaa,civic educate azilondawo please..apititseni ku course.inutu ndinu Dr,well educated,azilonda anuwo form 4,kikiki,form 4,yinali ya Ife ya mu ma 90s,kusikira mumusi. Pano wa form 4,reasoning capacity ngati wa std8,ndithu… A Chakwera,mwatenga Boma ndi zinyalala zomwe za… Read more »

mtete
mtete
6 months ago

Police, under IG Dr. Kainja will respond “Investigations are in progress”. End of the story.

Mavuto
Mavuto
6 months ago

Police must stop recruiting m.s.c.e holders, intellectual level is very low. Voluntarily hurting someone is an offence regardless of the reasons. our 4 police don’t understand even if you taught them repeatedly.

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
6 months ago
Reply to  Mavuto

You are right…the min qualification must be degree.
Apolice ambiri,they didn’t go to school much there4,reasoning yawo is poor hence akugeirira azimayi,kumenya journalist ena amabaso…..ooooohoo !! Yes

George Malemu
George Malemu
6 months ago

degree ntchito yake ya police yomweyi nanunso, nanunso mudziona ndi ntchito zake, bwanji mukufuna kupeputsa degree. Wa degree zoona adzikaima pansewu 6 -7 hours kudikira a president adutse, adzikalimbana ndi ma citizen osavala ma mask, my foot

Mwini muzi
Mwini muzi
6 months ago
Reply to  George Malemu

Yes,there is a degree for this job: Bachelor of Police Science.If you have a Bachelor of Psychology, you can also fit in well there. The Police deals with people so Behavioural Science is critical.

Castello
Castello
6 months ago
Reply to  Mwini muzi

Brothers, being educated can not make one intelligent, pali anthu ophunzira koma osauka and pali anthu osaphunzira koma olemera, the same applies to police, pali ophunzira koma opanda khalidwe those who think that polisiyo ndi iwowo and they are above the law, and pali apolisi osaphunzira koma a khalidwe. Police is police, they are brutal in most cases, even in America. This is a one-sided story, atolankhani Ali provocative in most cases and this leads to police manhandling him. Mudziwa bwanji amamunyoza constable yo

Hawell
6 months ago

kkkkkk imeneyo ndiye nyekhwe amwene bcoz its not a qualification that provides security but work standards, ethics, etc. How do you deal with a situation at hand thats why they undergo a 6 months professional training. Leave them alone bcoz they were trained and thats why are given guns so that whoever goes beyond a certain measure of provocation shud be shot on leg with rubber bullet but if the tension is high can even use live bullet all this ziri mu act yawo as well their work standards of operation. Kodi mumafuna mudzipanga chipako ndi a polisi mwagwa nayo… Read more »

Jah
Jah
6 months ago

Ayambapo. One day anthu atopa nanu don’t forget mumayenda mutapanila michira dzana lomweli

ankhwinda
6 months ago

Nanu ma journalist muziyesesa kuonesa ID yanu mukafika pamalo apapa zikuonesa kuti you did not introduce yourself to them. Paja journalist akamenyedwa imatokhala nkhani ndiye kumayesesa kuyenda ndi ID yanu.

Denene
Denene
6 months ago

Fuck the police!

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